News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 21, 2014: This week’s word is incongruous here in Obama’s America.
It is not a word alien (pun intended) to Barack Obama. Indeed Barack Obama is President Incongruous like no other. A new title for him. Ok once again for our few intellectually challenged readers a definition ….
“not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.”
Hmmm. Let me be more precise about Obama. What is specifically “incongruous” about Obama is the President we thought we were electing in 2008 and the one we got these past 5 years. 3 to go (cry).
Which brings up to deportation. Who would have ever guessed Barack Obama would become the “king” of U.S. Presidents when it came to the numbers and aggressiveness of deportations from America. Nobody from the most pernicious Tea Party members to the most progressive Democrats.
But Barack Obama sure has become the Deporter from Hell.
Hey don’t believe me. This week I have assistance from a very impressive and well respected source I should call on more often the Economist magazine.
They will do most of the work this episode of Obama’s America. This story is from their February 8, 2012, edition and it is titled “Barack Obama, deporter-in-chief.” The sub title is “Expelling record numbers of immigrants is a costly way to make America less dynamic.”
Allow me to repeat that sub title it is worthy of an encore “Expelling record numbers of immigrants is a costly way to make America less dynamic.”
On to the article …
“America is expelling illegal immigrants at nine times the rate of 20 years ago (see article); nearly 2m so far under Barack Obama, easily outpacing any previous president. Border patrol agents no longer just patrol the border; they scour the country for illegals to eject. The deportation machine costs more than all other areas of federal criminal law-enforcement combined. It tears families apart and impoverishes America.”
“Yet the unskilled immigrants who are being shipped back to Mexico enrich America too. They work, pay taxes and fill niches that the native-born shun. Farms, hotels and restaurants depend on them; so do professional couples who need someone to hold the children while Dad writes code and Mum drills teeth.”
“Why would a supposedly liberal president oversee something so illiberal, cruel and pointless? The Machiavellian explanation is that it motivates Latinos, who associate such barbarism with Republicans, to keep voting for the Democrats. Mr. Obama’s defenders prefer two other excuses.”
Ready here come the Obama apologist who justify anything he does !
Back to the article …
“First, he is merely following laws written by nativist Republicans. This is a cop-out. As president he sets priorities for the executive branch, which cannot catch and prosecute everyone who breaks any of the gazillions of federal rules. He can find ways to slow the deportation of harmless immigrants and concentrate on those who have committed serious crimes.”
In other words Barack Obama is “just following orders.” Heard that before?
Back to the article …
“The second excuse is that this is all part of Mr. Obama’s grand strategy to secure immigration reform this year, including a path to legal status for the 12m illegal immigrants now in the country. There is room for a deal (see article). The House Republicans have long believed that letting in more people like Mr. Nadella is a good thing, and they are inching towards some sort of amnesty process for undocumented workers like Mr. Cabrera. They still dislike the idea of illegal immigrants becoming citizens (and voting for Democrats), while the Democrats are suspicious of temporary-worker schemes. These differences would be bridgeable, with a little trust. Given its absence, Mr. Obama will only win Republican votes by showing that the border is secure.”
“Immigration reform is indeed a great prize. But die-hard nativists are unlikely to be swayed, no matter how tough the laws, and reform can pass without their votes. There are very few things about America that are as vindictive and self-defeating as its deportation machine. Rather than making excuses for keeping it, Mr. Obama should be exposing its awfulness and leading the campaign to de-fang it.”
End of article.
So much for excuse #2. There will be NO immigration reform this year or who knows when or how watered down. But what we know is the massive amount of deportations just keep going on and on in Obama’s America.
Here in the land of the Hypocrite President of the United States.
Nothing incongruous about giving Obama that distasteful title.
We’ve got 5 years of overwhelming evidence to support it.
About The Writer: Arthur Piccolo is a professional writer and commentator and often writes about Latin America for New Americas.