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August 22, 2011

WaPo Exposes Obama's Amnesty As Political Ploy

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues, Political News and commentaries

la raza obama.jpegWe didn't need to have the WaPo to tell us what Obama's 'backdoor amnesty' fiat was, most Americans already knew it to be nothing less than a political stunt to appease La Raza, ACORN, MEChA, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and the Hugo Chavez-funded CASA de Maryland - by Any Means Necessary, in order to improve his sinking approval ratings among Hispanics. And although the Washington Post barely covered Obama's declaration to go all soft on deportations on Friday - running a 320-word Reuters dispatch on A-5 with zero opponents in it and no suggestion as to its obvious purpose - it finally managed to blurt out the truth in a front-page story on Monday in which reporter Peter Wallsten calmly explained that this is exactly what it was:

"While most of Washington was embroiled in the debt-ceiling drama last month, about 160 Hispanic leaders from across the country filed into the White House one day, largely unnoticed. For two days, they enjoyed full access to top presidential advisers, Cabinet members and administration officials from across the government."
And as NewsBusters goes on to point out, those leaders -- which the Post simply calls "immigration advocates" -- wanted the threat of deportation removed from most illegal aliens, which Obama granted. Conservative critics call it a "backdoor amnesty," and lament that the executive branch is implementing a policy opposed by Congress. None of that critique made Wallsten's story. But the Post made the politics behind the policy loud and clear:
Key to the strategy is shifting voters' attention beyond the caustic immigration debate with data-driven appeals that show progress in other areas, while arguing that Obama is better on immigration than any of his potential Republican foes.

The tensions -- and the administration's aggressive efforts to soothe them -- reached a climax of sorts in a flurry of activity last week, with the administration making a surprise announcement Thursday that it was giving officials discretion to suspend certain deportation cases that have drawn fire from critics, such as ones involving young people brought to the country in early childhood.

The White House move came two days after immigrant advocates delivered tens of thousands of petitions to Obama's reelection headquarters and other Democratic Party offices demanding an end to the administration's aggressive deportation policy.

As NewsBusters goes on to point out, Wallsten noted that the President has a political problem, in that his Gallup approval rating among Hispanics has dropped from 85 percent to 49 percent. He also added the Republican angle that some fear pro-amnesty, pro-DREAM Act Republicans (like Rick Perry?) could make gains in the Hispanic vote.

More on Barack Obama's 'bald-faced, purely political move - here.

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