Immigration shaping up as leading election issue

As tens of thousands of Central American kids have crossed illegally into the United States, GOP Rep. Scott Perry has suddenly seen immigration become a top concern for voters in his heavily rural district far from the U.S.-Mexico border, eclipsing even President Barack Obama's health care law and the deficit.
AP Wire
Aug 27, 2014

"I think people are very upset, and people have really been awakened to the immigration issue where they haven't been before," the first-term congressman from southeast Pennsylvania said in an interview at a bus leasing company, where he recently met with a group of small-business owners. "Right now at this current time, I would say immigration is the No. 1 issue on people's minds."

It's the same story around the country this summer as polls show the crisis of unaccompanied children at the border has made immigration a pivotal issue with November elections approaching.

Republican Senate candidates in three contested races have focused ads on the issue, and it has the potential to affect campaigns in unpredictable ways that hold risks for members of both parties and for Obama.

For now, Republicans like Perry are able to boast that the House took action to address the border crisis before leaving Washington for its August recess, even though the Senate and Obama did not.

Republicans "demanded that we stay and pass a bill so we could show the American people 'This is what we stand for,'" Perry told the business owners, referring to the House GOP's legislation to spend $694 million on the border and make controversial policy changes to return the migrants home more quickly, as well as end an Obama program that granted work permits to more than a half-million immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids.

How the issue plays out over the fall depends both on what happens in South Texas, where border arrivals have declined in the summer heat, but could rise again, and in Washington, where Obama is weighing extending deportation protections and work permits to millions more people already living in the U.S. illegally.

Such a move could upend the politics around immigration yet again, thrilling Latino voters who will be crucial for the 2016 presidential election. But it could also rile up Republican base voters, who are more likely to turn out this November and could make the difference in a handful of GOP-leaning states where vulnerable Democratic incumbents are trying to hold on.

Perry and other Republicans warn the president would pay a steep price politically for taking such a step.

"I think there will be a backlash, not necessarily that people will automatically come to vote for Republicans, but like in so many elections they might just stay home because they're disgusted," Perry said.

Indeed, Senate Democrats seeking re-election in red states, including Arkansas' Mark Pryor and North Carolina's Kay Hagan, have cautioned Obama against proceeding unilaterally.

But there's also a risk for Republican lawmakers such as Perry and Rep. Joe Pitts, whose district borders Perry's and includes Lancaster. They already are hearing from angry constituents who want Obama impeached, and executive action by the president would likely only increase such demands. That's an unwelcome prospect for most Republican officeholders who see impeachment as a political loser, since it would be certain to energize Democratic voters and likely turn off many mainstream Republicans.

"It's just absolutely ridiculous. We're not going to do that," Pitts said in an interview in Quarryville, 40 miles east of York through rolling green hills, after a local dairy farmer declared that any president should be "automatically impeached" for taking as many executive actions as Obama has.

The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., said Republicans could end up in trouble if Obama's moves on immigration increase calls for impeachment.

"The problem that Republicans have right now is that they have engineered a strategy to turn out their base voters in a midterm election and that may backfire against them as their base voters demand that House Republicans keep going farther and farther to the right," Israel said in an interview.

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., who leads the National Republican Congressional Committee, countered in a statement that voters want someone who will secure the border, and "Republicans have a very clear and consistent message about the need to provide an appropriate check and balance on this administration."

Still, the border crisis has already scrambled the politics of immigration. Establishment Republicans have feared that given the growing number of Latino voters, they would pay a political price over their inaction on comprehensive immigration legislation, which died this year in the House. That may prove true in the presidential election in 2016, but so far this year Democrats have sometimes been on the defensive, as polls show the southern border crisis has caused support for comprehensive reform to dip while voters embrace calls for border security.

"Want to know why there's lawlessness on our border? Ask Sen. Shaheen," Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown asks in one ad against incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. "She voted against border security twice, and for amnesty. It's time for us to secure the border and enforce the law."

Comments

DFrancis

Below, here is a repeated declaration that can save America from more inroads of illegal foreigners. Additionally why 18 million plus Americans are still unemployed, there is a list of the most non-exclusion laws. These enforcement laws need to be mandatory, to address enforcement at the Southern border and interior power we desperately need. These policies need to be employed to stop the gush of illegal aliens, that’s if the majority pathetic cowards in the House of Representatives use their power to cut of the funding purse to this monstrous sized Obama government, DACA and any future Amnesties without the full will of the people and not pandering to any sized business welfare. Every American has got to get in the game. So much is riding on your support. The Tea Party specifically has been fighting every day since Obama took office—and the list of abuses; illegal activities and scandals have grown to mind-numbing proportions.

Comprehensive Reform--Amnesty...IRS abuses...Obamacare...gun-grabbing...open borders...deliberate bypassing of Congress...Benghazi...fast and furious weapons to Mexico—cutting our military and failure of National Security. INSANELY, NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THE SHORTAGES OF WATER IN 6 STATES, INCLUDING CALIFORNIA?

1. Revive the 700 mile, 2006 Secure Fence Act and build the double layer fencing, complete with concertina razor wire. Hundreds of miles are vacant of any barrier. It was killed by prior Republican Senator Kay bailey Hutchison of Texas by adding a non-escapable amendment to the 2006 bill. Whereas giving complete control to Homeland Security, ruling out any funds to deliver the 700 miles of two fences, separated by an all weather track way. An in between no-mans land where illegal aliens would be caught and detained for immediate deportation.
2. Strengthen the border with surveillance from the National Guard and add more Border Patrol Agents permanently.
3. Position more internal ICE agents to audit employers, instead of 5000 we have now for all of the United States.
4. Modify the law so illegal entry into the US becomes a Felony.
5. Issue a National digital Social Security Card for voting and to identify that person. EVEN E-VERIFY IF FULLY OPERATIONAL WOULD HELP? Intervene with Sen. Harry Reid allowing illegal aliens from stealing child tax credits, which is costing tax payer dollars.
6. Revisit the 14th amendment, thus amending the automatic citizen law, so ONLY the babies of US citizens can claim this right; (A huge expenditure for taxpayers.) Once here parents can stay. This amendment has been financially exploited for decades, and Sen. Harry Reid refuses to discuss a change, even though the process originates from a time of slavery for descendants could claim citizenship. Pregnant women who arrive by aircraft masquerading as a welfare tourists to take advantage of a hospitals in delivering a child, should be reported to ICE.
7. Formulate a new law so that employers who purposely hire illegal aliens will face federal incarceration. Cronyism is broadly the main trouble when it comes to ushering in legal and illegal immigrants into the US. Buying a large majority of our politicians by K Street corporations has long been a harbinger of Americans losing their jobs to cheap working foreigners.
8. Revise the 2006 human trafficking act, so it’s aligned with Mexico and Canadians.
9. Commence a uniform Guest worker program, with entry and exit permission permits and unless mitigating circumstances are available, overstays have committed a felony.
10. Merely legal immigrants with Special high level skills (STEMS) should be admitted permanently as the immigration policies in industrialized nations.
11. MUST LEARN ENGLISH TO IMMIGRATE.
12. There should be no immunity of any federal employee to be excused from accountability for wrongdoing and should be fined, imprisoned or both.

IF YOU ARE DISTRESSED ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY UNDER OBAMA IMPERIAL RULE AND HIS PAWNS check this site that has the phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at: www.contactingthecongress/ to stipulate an end to illegal immigration, the dismantling of our laws, sovereignty, citizen rights and even our military, which is protection against our enemies foreign an domestic. Illegal Immigration is rapidly becoming the top precedence for Americans, because they see its impact on the barren economy and lost jobs. Large corporations and big business are laying-off birthright, naturalized citizens and green card holders, making an avenue for lower paid illegal aliens. This is the number for the central switchboard for every member of Congress to address your objections at 800-224-3121.

INTERPRET THE REAL FACTS AND SURVEY POLLS AT THE www.rasmussenreports.com. THIS POLLING SITE YOU WILL AT LEAST GET THE TRUTH. THE QUESTIONS ARE NOT PSYCHOLOGICALLY ENGINEERED. If you have cable news watch their 7/24 broadcast without prejudiced or spin unlike the majority of major media. Go to One American News Network at http://www.oann.com.

DFrancis

Approximately 18 million American workers who want a full-time job can’t unearth one. This counts the officially unemployed, those reluctantly in part-time jobs and those who lately dropped off the official unemployment list. These Americans are at all rungs of the job ladder but unduly are looking for work in the lower skilled jobs that are primarily taken by foreign nationals.

Escalating numbers of occupations have collapsed into poverty and in close proximity to poverty levels. Most of them are disproportionately filled with foreign workers. Occupations such as those in meatpacking, dry-walling, other construction trades, service and hospitality jobs that once paid civilized wages to very good incomes have collapsed into near-poverty or poverty levels. Importing hundreds of thousands of foreign workers into those occupations is a profound strategy of injustice against the Americans struggling in them already.

Some 40 years after Congress passed laws to provide for the full integration of black Americans into the country’s political, communal and economic life, the lack of job opportunities for these descendants of the American slavery system is outrageous. Around 40% of black American men between 18 and 65 do not have a job currently. Then for many generations of Hispanics have lost jobs and forced to live on food stamps and other public assistance programs. Asians seem to fare a little better, but all US citizens and green card permanent residents have been physically suffering from Obamas open border executive orders, undermining the rule of law and the dictates of US constitution.

We can never really be sure of the numbers of legal immigrants arriving in America annually, but reports state it is well over a million? Then practically 90% of U.S. population growth can be clarified by new immigrants and births to immigrants and with the growing number of illegal aliens whose numbers are not truly known. Each issue of overcrowding and infrastructure insufficiency would be much more easily determined without adding 30 million or more immigrants and their children to our cities each decade.

Today it’s an even exploding situation as Texas Gov. Rick Perry said terrorist groups, including ISIS who earlier this week killed an American journalist, could be using the ongoing border flow crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border to sneak operatives into the United States with the assistance of drug cartels and gangs. Perry spoke at The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. adding, "How about we start with comprehensive border enforcement?" Gov. Perry said. "Defending the border is not a political option. It is a constitutional obligation. Until the federal government meets that duty and secures that border, all talk of immigration reform is pointless because Washington has no credibility on the matter."

Texas has been on the front-lines throughout the border rush with the majority of illegal border crossers, teenagers—men and women, pregnant mothers, whole families and unaccompanied alien children illegally crossing through the Rio Grande Valley. border sector. Last month, Gov. Perry took a proactive step by ordering the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border to support Border Patrol efforts. When we have interior turmoil with an unresponsive President who’s first orders was ‘Catch and Release’ directive Border Patrol agents are in a state of low morale and cannot complete the policy that Immigration laws were there to enforce. Further, President Obama if the buzz is correct, his next immoral proclamation is to issue 5 to 8 million illegal aliens with work permits.

Lanivan

Oh please - save yourself a lot of time and energy, and just cut to the chase. What you really want is to arm the border with land mines, grenade launchers, drones, and sniper towers every few feet. Spare no expense! Spend billions, if necessary! Kill on sight - what's an extra dead child, pregnant woman, or old man?? After all, they will never become (to quote Sarah Palin), "real Americans".

gordbzz231

You know why Hispanics are better worker,s, the will work where no white man will go, i have seen in many occasion,s were they work on road,s sunrise to sunset and they don't mind, they work and harvest our crop,s here, everywhere, the whole family doe,s and they don't complain, american money is good to them, that,s why they come, open the boarder,s just like between Arizona and Texas, no question,s asked, it will save million,s of dollar,s and probably have more job competition, it,s true, people come from all over the world to live here in America.

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