Nativism: July 2010 Archives
During the 2008 Presidential campaign Barack Obama promised us he would make comprehensive immigration reform a "top priority" in his first year as President:
Well, I don't know about you, but I think it's time for a President who won't walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform when it becomes politically unpopular. And that's the commitment I'm making to you. I marched with you in the streets of Chicago. I fought with you in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will make it a top priority in my first year as President. Not just because we need to secure our borders and get control of who comes into our country. And not just because we have to crack down on employers abusing undocumented immigrants. But because we have to finally bring those 12 million people out of the shadows.After hearing promises like that, pro-migrant voters, specifically Latino voters, turned out for Obama in record numbers and helped get him elected.Barack Obama - Citizen Orange (13 July 2008)
It's been two years since Obama made those promises to us. Not only has policy failed to change under the Obama administration, but the war on migrants has actually gotten worse. Barack Obama promised to make immigration a "top priority" in his first year as President. Now, a year and a half into his Presidency, all we have is a speech.