Liberals in general, and Obama in particular, have had much to say about illegal immigration.
During his first run for the presidency, then Senator Obama proclaimed: "We need immigration reform that will secure our borders, and punish
employers who exploit immigrant labor; reform that finally brings the 12
million people who are here illegally out of the shadows by requiring
them to take steps to become legal citizens
We must assert our values and reconcile our principles as a nation of
immigrants and a nation of laws. That is a priority I will pursue from
my very first day." (See HERE)
That same year he said: "We need stronger border security. We are cracking down on employers that
are taking advantage of undocumented workers because they can’t
complain if they’re not paid a minimum wage and not getting overtime.
Worker safety laws are not being observed.
We have to make sure that doesn’t lead to people with Spanish surnames
being discriminated against. We have to require that undocumented
workers go to the back of the line, so that they are not getting
citizenship before those who have applied legally." (ibid.)
He also intimated: "The American people want fairness, want justice. They recognize that the
idea that you’re going to deport 12 million people is ridiculous, that
we’re not going to be devoting all our law enforcement resources to
sending people back. But what they do also
want is some order to the process." (ibid.)
After being elected, and then later when running for a second term, Obama's position remained pretty much the same, with the possible exception of allowing young immigrants to stay in the U.S. (See HERE and HERE)
As of today, Obama's website declares: "America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the
system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people
living in the shadows. Neither is good for the economy or the country." (See HERE)
So, while liberals, under the leadership of President Obama, have expressed good intentions regarding immigration reform, the question before us is, have their intents progressed beyond mere wishes and vacuous campaign rhetoric, particularly given that during the first two years of Obama's administration the Democrats held both houses of Congress?
The Leftist LUNC here is that liberals failed to keep their promise to make immigration a priority from day one and enact immigration reform during the first year. (See HERE) And, they still haven't managed to do any better in the four or five years since.
In short, the borders haven't been secured--they still leak like a sieve, our values as a nation of laws aren't being asserted, the 11 or 12 million illegals who have taken up residence are still in the shadows, and may not have to go to the back of the line in gaining citizenship, fairness and justice isn't being served, and Obama is right that even today, after five years in office, the immigration system is still broken.
As will be shown in the posts to follow, there are several other Leftist LUNCs in relation to the liberal immigration policy--what little there is to it.