Sanctuary cities aren’t enough?
Mexico – Hezbollah and Hamas is partnered with drug cartels – ties to Lebanon – tunnels in San Diego
Terrorists are using Americans and Mexicans to conduct all sorts of operations and this idiot is wanting to OPEN the borders?
Obama to push immigration reform in Texas; Rep. Lamar Smith says it’s ‘unlikely he will succeed anytime soon’
Obama is traveling to El Paso where he will call on Congress to fix the nation’s broken immigration system and address the 11 million immigrants in this country illegally – including 1.6 million in Texas.
“I want to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, to enforce our laws and also to address the status of millions of undocumented workers,” Obama told Latino leaders at a “Cinco de Mayo” reception at the White House.
Immigration reform has stalled in Congress and Obama conceded that passing comprehensive legislation “is not going to be easy.”
“We’ve got to keep doing the hard work of changing minds and changing hearts and changing votes, one at a time,” said Obama, who will deliver his speech in El Paso on Tuesday before traveling to Austin for a fundraiser.
Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled House are opposed to measures that would grant citizenship or legal status to immigrants who entered the country illegally.
“The president wasn’t able to pass his version of immigration reform when he had large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate because of bipartisan opposition, so it’s unlikely he will succeed anytime soon,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
The last sweeping immigration reform bill died in the Senate in 2007.
Republicans, like Texas Sen. John Cornyn said the president has failed to secure the border and failed to build consensus needed to pass reform legislation.
“What Sen. Cornyn is looking for President Obama cannot deliver with another speech or photo op, and that’s presidential leadership. Words matter little when there is no action,” said Kevin McLaughlin, a Cornyn spokesman.
But Obama’s trip to the Texas border to renew his commitment to immigration reform comes after three weeks of White House gatherings to get input from mayors, lawmakers and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
“I’m hoping the president can get more people thinking about it – the business community and Republicans – and convince them that the time is now. There should not be any political posturing,” said Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairman.
Immigration advocates say the president has laid the groundwork for reform legislation, which would lead to more secure borders.
“We need to address the real threats of cash of drugs of guns that are smuggled and moved across our border that cause harm to our communities, not the imaginary threats of landscapers and nannies,” said Ali Noorani with the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigration advocacy group.
Obama administration officials claim the U.S.-Mexico border is more secure than at any time in history, despite the raging war being waged by narcotics cartels just across the Rio Grande.
The Border Patrol has increased to 20,700 agents, more than double the number of agents in 2004, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Illegal immigration has dropped due to increased enforcement and the economy, Obama administration officials claim.
The number of illegal immigrants in the country is estimated at 11 million by the Pew Hispanic Center, using U.S. Census data. That is down from an estimated 12 million in 2007.
There are roughly 1.6 million illegal immigrants in Texas, about 6.5 percent of the state’s population. Some 1 million illegal immigrants are in the state’s workforce, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
Border Patrol is intercepting between 70 percent and 90 percent of illegal crossers on the Southwest border, said William Moore with the Texas Border Coalition, which represents cities and countries along the Rio Grande from Brownsville to El Paso.
“The strategy that the administration is put into place between the ports of entry is working,” Moore said.
The Texas Border Coalition is asking Congress and the administration to shift resources to upgrade border land ports to better screen and confiscate contraband without hampering trade between the United States and Mexico.
“Those land ports of entry are the doorways through which nearly all of the drug cartels’ product enters the United States,” Moore said.