Later today, President Obama will travel to El Paso, Texas, where he will deliver a speech “on the importance of fixing the broken immigration system for our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs so that America can win the future” at Chamizal National Memorial, which is located on the US-Mexico border.
Any proposal that smacks of amnesty will be DOA. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, told Reuters:
The president can pander all he wants to, make as many speeches as he wants to. I do not see amnesty coming up before the ... committee that I chair.
Americans know our immigration system isn’t broken. Instead, illegal immigrants broke the law, and the federal government refuses to secure the border and enforce existing laws.
Obama “wants to have a civil and constructive debate on this issue.” But it’s hard to be civil when illegal immigrants demand to be rewarded with a path to citizenship.
The beneficiaries of an immigration overhaul would be illegal immigrants who flout the rule of law. Americans must ask: What’s in it for us?
Truth be told, so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” begs the question: WTF?! How will legalizing millions of unskilled workers help us win the future?
A different kind of migration played out more than 80 years ago when millions of American citizens moved north in search of a better life.
On National Train Day, I checked out the Great Migration of African Americans exhibit at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. The exhibit notes:
Between 1916 and 1918 alone, nearly 400,000 African Americans -- 500 each day -- took what they hoped was a journey to freedom.
In 1910, 7 million of the nation’s 8 million Africans resided below the Cotton Curtain. Over the next 15 years, more than one-tenth of the country's black population would voluntarily move north. The great migration lasted until 1930.
For more info, visit the Smithsonian Folkways’ Field to Factory - Voices of the Great Migration: Recalling the African American Migration to the Northern Cities.