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Obama Showed Up At Recent Amnesty Immigration Meeting, Declared Amnesty Coming [Videos]

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On August 21 DHS head Napolitano met with some 100+ amnesty pushing immigration groups. I posted a list that the DHS reported attended the event. It was a who's who of pro-amnesty groups and businesses that are - or are looking - to exploit them. Suprising the list only mentioned nearly 100, however press reports are saying that there were actually 130 there. I'm wondering who the other 30 were that were not released by the DHS in their press report.

Also surprisingly the press release from the DHS failed to mention that President Obama showed up to address the Latino leaders and ensure them that some form of amnesty was coming. He has been catching some flak from pro-amnesty groups who are saying that he's not doing enough to push through an amnesty quickly.

Anyone who thinks that Obama showed up because he "had a few minutes" is a fool. I contend that this whole meeting and event was set up as an Obama campaign meeting with these groups and that it was put down as a DHS meeting simply to defer questions ahead of time. It was a planned political event on the taxpayer's dime in order to ensure that pro-illegals continue to support him through the next election in 2012. It was no more than any candidate campaigning, however they have to actually foot the bill.

I cover a host of commentary and reports from those who attended the event below and what it tells us about the Obama Administration, DHS and pro-illegal groups' plans.

The most hilarious comment that I saw on this whole event though were those of Frank Sharry of the pro-amnesty, anti-American group America's Voice. He rails on their blog that the same day of the conference coverage, that the Washington Post ran a front page story on illegal aliens who were being held for ransom.

Aside from news on the White House meeting, there’s an enraging, front-page Sunday story in the Washington Post on smugglers holding those crossing for ransom from US-based families, with a number of DC-based families saying that the deportation of loved ones is better than death at the hands of criminals.

The story Sharry was talking about is "'Better to Be Deported Alive Than to Be Dead'". That headline is a quote from an illegal alien.

Sharry shows that he could care less about these illegal aliens and how they are being exploited. He is enraged at the fact that the truth is being told. Things like exploitation, according to Sharry, should be kept out of the press. He probably considers the illegal aliens interviewed for the Post story to be traitors.

Those in favor of immigration enforcement were not invited to the closed door meeting where cameras were not present. The Heritage Foundation has posted a response that they were not invited even though they claim they have done the most research of any think tank on immigration.

... in case you were wondering…no one from the Heritage Foundation was asked to be at the table. It is not clear why Heritage did not rate an invitation.

No think tank in Washington has written more and more comprehensively on immigration and border security reform issues. Heritage studies and statistics are frequently cited by Congressional members during floor debates.

Of course this current DHS head, nor the president, would want any dissenting views expressed to their friends in the pro-amnesty community, so it's best not to invite them. It could cause a ruckus and some of these groups are prone to physically attack anyone opposed to a full and massive amnesty as has been documented in videos so many times. In short many are thugs dressed up in suits and dresses.

Obama's showing at the event was a "surprise" to all at the event as the Center for Immigration Studies reports. Anyone who thinks this was a surprise visit by Obama needs to think twice.

President Obama made a brief appearance, to the surprise of such advocates as Frank Sharry of America's Voice.

The president said he is committed to a reform during this Congress, that we can do it, and that he will need the support of the entire community of activists and of the immigrants, Sharry told Univision's Martin Berlanga.

Obama played cheerleader for the groups and told him that the entire pro-illegal aliens community and the illegal aliens need to get involved in order for there to be an amnesty. Expect a "full court press" coming soon.

Some of the groups bought into Obama's statements and others are not happy with him. Many thought that amnesty would already be on the books - against the wishes of the American people - with such a friend to illegal aliens as Obama in the White House.

And yes, these groups still play the "poor, suffering illegal aliens" card as they keep hopping the border and using taxpayer funded services and infrastructure such as schools and hospitals. From the LA Times

"We've heard all of the beautiful oratory about immigration reform, but we have yet to see concrete actions to stop the suffering," said Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

The article continues that not only did the administration reiterate their support of amnesty, but these groups then broke down and started putting together how they would want illegal aliens to benefit from any legislation. I'm assuming these are the teams that are working on the immigration draft bill Obama mentioned in Mexico a few days ago. Just as some of these groups were involved in writing Bush's immigration amnesty bill a few years back. It was all done behind closed doors as this is being done behind closed doors.

both Obama and Napolitano reaffirmed their support for immigration reform to more than 100 representatives from labor, business, law enforcement, religious organizations and immigrant rights groups. The assembly broke into smaller groups to share ideas about how to address the main pieces of a comprehensive reform package: enforcement, guest workers, family visas and legalization of the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

I know many of you have let your guard down. You may be following the immigration issue, but you may have stopped being as active. I don't believe this is the time to remain inactive. These groups are gearing up, they have the backing of this administration and some of them are well funded, don't be caught flat footed.

Frank Sharry of America's Voice said the meeting "stopped the bleeding".

President of the pro-amnesty group, William C. Velasquez Institute, Antonio Gonzalez, said that the tactic that most of the groups have agreed to is to pass amnesty in small doses until the big amnesty comes. Bills like those that would give amnesty to illegal alien students heading to college.

Gonzalez called this a "down payment" from the administration that amnesty was coming.

"That logic is becoming more and more appealing," Gonzalez said. "People are going to get real nervous about going into an election cycle with nothing to show for immigration reform."

Mary Giovagnoli, director of the pro-amnesty Immigration Policy Center, appears a little more positive as well.

"Secretary Napolitano strongly supported the need to bring all undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, streamline naturalization procedures, improve immigration processes that allow immigrants to live and work legally in the U.S., and create smart immigration enforcement mechanisms. Both the president and Secretary Napolitano acknowledged the importance of immigration to our country as well as the need to create a sustainable legal immigration system for the 21st century. We must all remain committed to following through on the dialogue that began today."

Gotta love their fancy wordage they use to avoid saying "amnesty for illegal aliens". "Smart immigration enforcement mechanisms" is a new one on me.

The Latin American Heritage Tribune seemed pretty positive reporting on the meeting. Their headline was "Obama Tells Groups He Will Push for Immigration Reform". Apparently simply the types of groups invited to the event, all pro-amnesty, was a good sign to some that Obama and Napolitano were committed to amnesty.

Obama attended the conclusion of the meeting, an occasion which he took advantage of to tell the participants that he understands that the country’s immigration system “doesn’t work and needs to be adjusted,” the White House spokesman for Hispanic affairs, Luis Miranda, said.


The Thursday meeting was characterized by different members of the groups invited to it as a “good sign,” but they insisted that it is necessary for the government to move from rhetoric to action.

It still boggles the mind that in this day and age we actually have a White House spokesman for an individual ethnic group. Imagine the outcry if there was a White House spokesman for White affairs...

The agenda of the groups was also clear when it comes to already existing laws on the books. They railed against E-verify and the 287(g) program for instance. Two programs that crack down on illegal immigration.

The participants were especially critical of the controversial E-Verify program, which demands that companies verify the immigration status of their employees, and the 287(g) program, under which local police departments are authorized to enforce immigration law.

Absolutely sickening!

And then there's Napolitano's comments. Read this carefully and tell me where the real "stakeholders" - the American people, who are expected to pay for all of this - are present in any of this.

Today’s meeting on comprehensive immigration reform was an important opportunity to hear from stakeholders and build on the significant time I’ve spent on the Hill meeting with members of Congress on this critical subject. I look forward to working with President Obama, my colleagues in Congress and representatives from law enforcement, business, labor organizations, the interfaith community, advocacy groups and others as we work on this important issue.”

Now here are a few videos from the pro-amnesty side on what they thought of the President's meeting and his commitment to amnesty.

Clarissa Martinez of La Raza

Frank Sharry of America's Voice

Art Venegas of the subversively named Law Enforcement Engagement Initiative

Arturo Rodriguez of the United Farm Workers

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Just who do these people think they are to demand amnesty for these illegal aliens? Yes, wo do they think they are?

Illegal aliens have made America the dumping ground for all their illegal alien children, then we have to school them and give them free medical care.

I for one, am sick and tired of these ILLEGAL ALIENS snubbing their nose at our immigration laws and the many other laws of this Country. If our Federal Government can not ENFORCE our immigration laws, and get these ILLEGAL ALIENS out of this Country, then let the States do it! One way or another, an end has to come to this illegal immigration, and not with AMNESTY! Amnesty will only encourage more ILLEGAL ALIENS to invade our Country and reward those who broke our laws and raped the American taxpayer in many ways...depressing our wages, taking our jobs, overwhelming our schools with their ILLEGAL ALIEN children, driving without a license or car insurance, all the crime from stolen identities to rape, drugs and everything else.

It's time for ZERO TOLERENCE with these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It's time for them get out of this Country and back in their own Country where they belong. When we get rid of the ILLEGAL ALIENS, we will get rid of all the problems that go with them. THAT IS A FACT!


Posted by: Delaware Bob on August 25, 2009 08:18 AM

My health care experience was mainly in England, Germany and 15 months in Australia and prior to the mass European immigration invasion was positively first class. FIRST CLASS AND EXEMPLARY! THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS RATIONING?

Of course the status quo doesn't want any change in the trillion dollar medical complex, because it could strictly confines a multitude of new common sense laws? Sadly, I have listened to lies sprouting from the special interest lobby over the airwaves for weeks. Trouble is, a majority of the American people believe this garbage that we are constantly bombarded with? Remember if a Path to citizenship is passed, million will be assigned to Health care because they will get a green card and have become a permanent resident. Either way we the taxpaying public loses? YES! There should be a public option, but not for illegal immigrants?

If another AMNESTY sneaks past Americans, then their must be at least a ten year moratorium of the 20 million plus Path to Citizenship recipients. The consequence for these millions getting immediate access to government welfare, would be financial ruin to our national wilting economy.

We are still conveying many entitlement programs to illegal aliens and their families, with extorted taxes including health care. That is given in the hospitals and passed onto taxpayers. We have always been the recipients of business welfare and likely always will be? Pariah businesses that hire illegals, never pay anything to their support. THATS THE TAXPAYERS YOKE TO BARE! . GET RAW ANSWERS AT NUMBERSUSA Contact those in WASHINGTON no more AMNESTIES. USE ATTRITION TO DEPORT THEM THROUGH E-VERIFY, 287 G, NO MATCH SOCIAL SECURITY LETTERS AND LIGHTENING ICE RAIDS. CONTACT YOUR POLITICIAN 202-224-3121 AND DEMAND NO WEAKENING OF CURRENT LAWS?

Posted by: Brittancus on August 25, 2009 01:00 PM

I know this idea sounds trite in comparison to the problem. It is one used by illegals, pro illegals etc. Calling in to dept. or grocery stores to compalin they are not being represented. So stores hire spanish speakers, no matter their english is poor. They play mexican music in the stores pander to illegals and those who REFUSE to assimilate.I'm sick of reading signs in spanish everywhere while at the same time we have so many homeless unemployed Americans, including families. Illegals and their anchors have taken all available affordable and state/federal funded housing! I now actually go to the website on stores receipts to complain that the bag boy barely speaks english and unless the store manager is BLIND she must notice the large numbers of homeless unemployed in our city. I emailed another dept store to voice my displeasure that they are accommadating hispanic's and it is wrong! They should be assimilating not the other way around! We cannot let up with the union's aiding and abetting illegal immigration even paying for immigration lawyers we have a full fight on our hands. The union's have become the right hand of dems who have garnered much in the form of union dues. I should know having been an SEIU member and suffered the consequence by not being given jobs when I refused to join their calling campaign for a dem governor candidate.Sears clerks in the city of Ventura are terrifed of losing their jobs. One middle age woman fighting to keep her job, said that the hispanics that come in ask to have spanish speaking, the YOUNG hispanic clerks stood apart from the white clerks who have resorted to waiting at the escalator to be first to give assistance to customer's. This is no joke we are being muscled by the union's with the dems standing behind them pushing them. What is so sad is many of the American union workers will see their jobs go to illegals and YOUNG anchor offspring who to be frank, are rapidly replacing the american worker. Watch the townhall meetings and the professionally made signs. ATTEND as many meetings and protest in your cities and towns as possible you will make a difference, the American giant has been awaken.

Posted by: standingalone on August 25, 2009 09:32 PM

Who do they thinnk they are and why do they think they deserve things Free? how do they get to break laws over and over by selling homemade food from their cars and vans without a permit and being inspected by the health department? they drive without insurance and or license. our businesses are falling because they send all their money back to mexico or where ever they are from. they are all getting free lunches from schools and free health care from many clinics, not to mention going to hospitals and doctors under one name and going by another so they can't find them for their outstanding bills. they steal your ss numbers and what ever elese they can get their hands on. they think they can get girls pregnant at a young age and run a business with no insurance ,Ive read where this has all happen . not to mention much more. i dont have time to write evey thing ive seen or heard .so LETS get them all the HELL out of here once and for all. If your illegal no if's and buts your gone no amenisty for anyone go back and do things the right way the same DAMN way everyone elese had to do years ago YOU ARE NO BETTER!!!!!!

Posted by: Brenda Ball on August 27, 2009 04:05 AM

I'm tired of all the real American's that have paid taxes and parents, grandparents, that have paid taxes and paid more and more and kep paying and we will probally never be able to get any beniftis because the goverment gives all our money to ill-legals the US does not stand together any more we are being told by are so called leaders, It's a disgrace and a joke the United States is know longer care about our four fathers or us. WE are losing homes and jobs it would be better to be an ill-legal then to be a US citizen we would be taken care of by the goverment than. PRETTY DAM SAD DON'T YOU THINK WE WOULD HAVE FREE HOUSING MEDICAL CARE AND GET SCIAL SERCURITY AND NOT PAY A DAM THING MAYBE WE NEED TO GIVE UP AND MAKE SURE OUR FUTURE GENERATION ARE BORN IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Dianne on August 28, 2009 07:27 AM


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