Obama reverses stance on immigration
This security-first stance is not unlike that of President George W. Bush, Bush Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, who said their immigration bill failed in 2007 because voters didn't trust the government to be serious about enforcement.
"If the American people don't feel like you can secure the borders," Mr. Obama said at his press conference last week, "then it's hard to strike a deal that would get people out of the shadows and on a pathway to citizenship who are already here, because the attitude of the average American is going to be, 'Well, you're just going to have hundreds of thousands of more coming in each year.' "
I am conflicted on how to cover this issue. I am a conservative. Conservatives want to exploit this as another example of an Obama broken Campaign Promise, aka Flip Flop. I, however, want to support the man for moving closer to a position on immigration I favor. But then, Obama has shown himself to be such a calculating politician, I do not know if his position change is just a stall to have more time to do some more political calculations.
At the same time, I am concerned about the Fertility Rate in America. I don't remember what it is, but the point of the article I read was that it was less than required to prevent population loss and therefore a decline in the influence of the Amercan Culture. Immigration could offset this, but now instead of the USA having a melting pot mentallity, it seems that immigrants are not melding into American Society but adhering to the cultures of their homelands. Further, rather than having policies to encourage integration in American Society, we are having policies which enable them to remain seperate like Government Forms printed in multilple languages.
I love America. I love the thought of Legal Immigrants coming to America in search of a better life. I recognize we need immigrants to offset our low fertility rates. I am afraid that if all of the immigration occurs without integration it will lead to the fragmenting and eventual break up of America by the divisions resulting from the pockets of immigrant culture that do not integrate into the overall American Culture.
These things were on my mind.
Can the Politicians please put aside their political agenda for a while and worry about the overall future and fate of America? Am I asking too much?
Thank you for your time.
The Cynical Patriot