Immigration reform was an issue Obama promised Latino groups that he would take up in his first year in office. But several hard realities — a tanked economy, a crowded agenda, election-year politics and lack of political will — led to so much foot-dragging in Congress that, ultimately, Obama decided to set the issue aside.On the other hand, it may well be that the popularity of the very strict measure just passed in Arizona, nationally, just might have something to do with his sudden reticence. 73% of Arizonan's support the measure while more than 70% nationally do so as well.
With that move, the president calculated that an immigration bill would not prove as costly to his party two years from now, when he seeks re-election, than it would today, even though some immigration reformers warned that a delay could so discourage Democratic-leaning Latino voters that they would stay home from the polls in November.
Seventy-one percent of poll respondents said they'd support requiring their own police to determine people's U.S. status if there was "reasonable suspicion" the people were illegal immigrants, the poll found. An equal percentage supported arresting those people if they couldn't prove they were legally in the United States. Almost two-thirds, or 64 percent, said they believed [illegal] immigration hurt the United States, with nearly six in 10, or 58 percent, saying illegal immigrants took jobs away from American workers, the poll found.So this just might be another election year loser...after all granting near instant citizenship to 20+ million people who have broken our laws to enter the country...just might not be all that popular.
Personally, I firmly believe that the best way to eliminate illegal works is to first build a defensible/strong border. Then begin to tackle the problem by prosecuting those who EMPLOY illegal workers. If you place heavy fines along with removing the business license of those who hire them...the jobs they take will cease...additionally, stop paying ALL federal funds to those municipalities and counties that are "shelter" cities and see how fast those cities/counties stop supporting their illegal communities.