What the President seemed to say about immigration in his State of the Union Address

by Roy Beck
Numbers USA
January 27, 2010

Pres. Obama’s obtuse sentence on immigration in his address to the nation revealed a great fear of how the American people would react if he directly called for more foreign workers and for permanent jobs for the estimated 8 million illegal foreign workers.

He seemed to be trying to signal to the supporters of amnesty and “comprehensive immigration reform” that he was still behind them but in words that the voters watching on TV wouldn’t understand:

We should continue to work at fixing our broken immigration system to secure our borders and enforce our laws and ensure that everyone who plays by rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation.

Reading those words literally, I would have to say I agree. The people who have “played by the rules” are the legal immigrants who are already here. I and NumbersUSA wholeheartedly want all of them to become fully integrated into our society, contributing to our economy and enriching our nation…

…The President has repeatedly and within the last month asserted that unauthorized aliens in this country should get to keep their jobs and become U.S. citizens.

But the President couldn’t bring himself to utter the words “comprehensive immigration reform” or “path to citizenship” or “legalization” or “more immigration” in his State of the Union Address. And that is surely a sign of some good news for the 23 million U-6 unemployed Americans who want a job but cannot find full-time work.

If the President really believed that putting Americans back to work were an emergency that called for tough measures, he would have announced a suspension of most new immigration of foreign workers and mandated E-Verify verification to keep illegal aliens out of U.S. jobs…

Mr. Beck’s entire op-ed is at NumbersUSA.com

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