As the general election continues to draw near, there is one thing that we can count on. Both presidential candidates will engage in pandering tactics to garner votes. Campaign promises sound good, but how many presidents have made good on their promises throughout the years?

President Obama has begun his pandering by reaching out to the Hispanic community by pledging immigration reform in his second term, if elected. The problem is we’ve heard this same “song and dance” the last time he ran for president.

As Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul so eloquently illustrated, “President Obama only talks about immigration reform when he’s seeking votes.”

The Hispanic community was led to believe that immigration reform was going to be a top priority for the president during his first term. Unfortunately, they were duped and left disappointed by Obama’s lack of action and overall concern about our immigration woes.

“This is something I care deeply about,” said President Obama. “It’s personal to me.”

If this is something that is personal to the president, then why is he waiting for his second term, which is not guaranteed, to do something about it? The Democrats controlled both the Senate and House during his first two years, and like Obamacare, he could have rammed through just about any immigration reform policies he so desired. This was his golden opportunity to deal with an issue he supposedly cares so “deeply” about.

As a result, his lack of commitment to the immigration issue resulted in Arizona’s SB 1070. In response, the president was then quick to act resulting in a federal lawsuit lodged at our great state, which the U.S. Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments in June.

Perhaps, if the president made immigration reform a priority in his first term, Arizona, along with other states, wouldn’t have had to take matters into their own hands to protect their local economies. His lack of action is the cause of SB 1070. Instead of pointing fingers at Governor Brewer, critics should be holding the president responsible for the passage of the bill.

Advocacy groups are again calling for marches and protests against SB 1070 as June approaches and as the Supreme Court gets ready to hear arguments.

“We’ve really had enough with this kind of law,” said Victoria Lopez with the ACLU of Arizona. “It’s definitely a concern that these types of laws are being enacted. Not only because they’re affecting communities and families in these states, but because they’re affecting all of us.”

For starters, Arizona has a long list of things we have had enough of. We are tired of paying for free education and health care for those that are in our country illegally. Personally, I’m tired of having the financial future of my children jeopardized for those that refuse to go through the necessary steps to be in this country legitimately.

Ms. Lopez should focus her attention on the Obama administration for not making immigration reform a top priority when they had control of the Senate and the House. That is when the president could have enacted true immigration reform.

Instead, Arizona is demonized for taking action to protect its citizens. In fact, our state should be commended for making immigration issues a priority, unlike the president.

Let’s face it, whether immigration reform is something the president cares deeply about is in question. My hope is that America and the Hispanic community is not duped again by his pandering tactics. Can we be assured this time around that he will make immigration reform a top priority?

• Michael “Winey” Weinstein can be heard every Sunday evening on The Mike&Winey Show on News Talk 92.3 KTAR from 5-7 PM. (www.mike&winey.com).

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Brittanicus
Brittanicus

With the state of Arizona fighting for its very existence from the illegal alien occupation, and the influx of criminals that swept throughout America, then additionally having to defend its immigration enforcement law, known as SB70. That is when Arizona came under fire from the Obama administration's Justice Department and has stood cautiously to strong-armed behavior of a radicalized Attorney General Eric Holder and his Liberal peons. Arizona is looked upon with respect by the majority of states by going it alone and not being humbled by the U.S. Government. But not the mainstream media who has a deep core of Leftist editorial staff who are very persuasive, with their unreported news of the incessant rise of illegal migrant and immigrant drunk driver, splashing citizens blood of the highways. The murders, the rapes, the robberies, child molestations, Identity theft, voter fraud of criminals and where many have been released back into society or have even returned after deportation numerous times.

Sanctuary states like California, Nevada, New York and cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver are very critical of police enforcement in other states. These Liberal strongholds have rushed to use incendiary remarks, against Arizona and its counterparts in the Southeast. It seems logical that their Sanctuary State arguments are in fact inflammatory, because their leniency has caused the overwhelming effect of foreign nationals pouring into their states and their overlooked pandering of these people. Now they are very nervous because with the promise that with SCOTUS approval for Arizona to enforce the majority if not all its statutes, they will finally have to deal with their own illegal alien issue. This administration Homeland Security and ICE have allowed Sanctuary Cities to thrive and have done nothing to admonish these unlawful ordinances.

But under the growing list of Tea Party membership growth in thousands of chapters nationwide, the Democratic obstructionists could be unseated from Congress, along with the Liberals disguised within their ranks. With the very probability of SCOTUS pronouncement being for Arizona, it could send a ripple effect for the majority of the 50 states, to enact similar policies. STATES AS CALIFORNIA WOULD FIND EVEN MORE FOREIGN NATIONALS ARRIVING AND THEIR HUGE WELFARE DEFICITS SKYROCKETING. This being true a mass exodus could be accomplished as large enough numbers of illegal aliens unable to survive, would decide to leave the country. This would save the country an estimated $113 billion a year for public assistance programs, which would be an advantage for our own low income poor and disabled. All the unfunded mandate money would remain in State coffers.

The comprehensive law, as written, accomplishes four main things:

1. Requires police officers to check the immigration status of any individual during "any lawful stop, detention, or arrest … in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance" where the officer has reasonable suspicion that the individual is an illegal alien. If it's determined that the individual is an illegal alien, Immigration and Customs Enforcement or Border Patrol must be notified.
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3. Forbids any state agency, county, city, town, or political subdivision from enacting sanctuary policies for illegal aliens.
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5. Requires all aliens to carry their registration document at all times.
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7. Makes it a misdemeanor crime for any individual picking up day laborers to block or impede the flow of traffic and also makes it a misdemeanor crime for an illegal alien to look for work in a public place or block or impede traffic in the pursuit of work.
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The lead attorney Paul Clement, for the State of Arizona, pushed two arguments at the hearing. First, this administration failure to enforce immigration laws has caused a calamity in Arizona that made it indispensable to enact SB 1070. Second, SB 1070 is not preempted since it does not conflict with federal law or fabricate its own system of immigration rulings. Instead it emulates federal law and aids the central government to impose it.

The recent poll about the Arizona's Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, SB 1070 shows:
• 65% of voters favor the law, while 31% oppose it.

• 84% of Republicans favor Arizona’s law, while 46% of Democrats do. A 51% majority of Democrats opposes the law.

• Independents favor the law by a 40 percentage-point margin, 67% in favor, 27% in opposition.

• 72% of voters who live in the West and 69% of voters who live in the Midwest approve of the Arizona immigration law, compared to 61% of voters who live in other regions of the country.


• No administration or its predecessors have secured the border fence. Both political parties have failed miserably to protect this country from the illegal alien occupation. Additionally the American voter must push, track and use the severe pressure of their vote to verbally intimidate every Republican, Democrat and Liberal, informing them that they will unseat them. It is imperative that whatever the outcome of the Arizona court conflict, is to force passage of E-Verify. E-Verify mandated law would authenticate whether somebody can get employment or not? Other persons flagged will have the choice of clearing up their problem with the Social Security administration near them?


• Voters must demand from GOP speaker John Boehner, to stop blocking the bipartisan E-Verify “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” from being initiated in Congress by Texas Senator Lamar Smith. Taxpayers are continuously afflicted at the hands of dishonest politicians who have sold us into financial bondage by allowing illegal immigration to persist almost unimpeded in coming here. A second law to support The Legal Workforce Act H.R. 2885 is to amend the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (H.R.140); the country cannot maintain in subsidizing billions of dollars being extracted from the 50 states? Not just the bad politicians should be thrown out of office, but state Governors, Mayors, Judges and all elected officials, and substitute them with Fresh Tea Party leaders who will insure everybody gets their fair share of the American Dream and enforce all laws attributed to the Constitution and the Rule of Law.


• The consequences of expectant Mothers smuggled across our border fence, who fly in just to take advantage of the U.S. unfunded mandates laws for hospital deliveries that taxpayers are on the hook. Don’t know who to phone in Washington, and then call 202-224-3121? The switchboard will connect you with your Representatives aid, and then you tell him you’re angry? Every prospective contender, including Mitt Romney would be well advised to read the immigration sullen statistics advanced by “The Heritage Foundation”. According to American Federation of Immigration Reform (FAIR) there is a 2.5 Trillion dollars price tag to legitimize the 20 million plus Illegal’s who have already settled here? All patriotic Americans, citizens or legal residents and should join your local TEA PARTY chapter. The Tea Party is the people’s party and it welcomes every citizen and lawful resident who came to America legally. On the American Patrol website, covers the illegal alien issue, but a daily helping of the e-media from the National media, revealing everything that is against “the Rule of law’ and the sovereignty of this nation, constantly apathetic by Obama people.

The Tea Party will enforce our immigration laws, will represent the people, will introduce a well regulated farm bill so Guest Workers can arrive here and mandatory depart after their contract, with no amnesty and benefits compulsory paid by agricultural industry. There will no importation of poverty anymore, with any more access to welfare programs. Another set of regulations to amend, would be a careful examination of the current visa system allowing around a million legal immigrants annually into the U.S. No more violation can be tolerated from businesses and we should only allow the highest echelons of Engineers, Scientists, and mathematicians and technology persons to immigrate.

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