By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner
Last Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama took to the podium in the White House Rose Garden, where he announced his implementation of a de facto “Dream Act,” that would “protect” 800,000 to 2 million illegal immigrants from deportation and, more importantly, grant them work permits–making them part of an already strained USA labor force.
The Executive Order signed by the president, circumvents Congress, by utilizing “prosecutorial discretion” to direct Homeland Security and ICE to remove all illegal immigrants from deportation lists– if they were brought to the USA before age 16, but are now still younger than 30, and have been in the country for at least five consecutive years. They must also either be in school or have a GED or high school diploma, no criminal history or have served in the military, according to Mary Bryce’s ABC News article today.
This political end run around Congress has the same selfish carbon copy campaign objective as Team Obama’s recent series of de facto “declassifications” of military and covert operation details to the media–to benefit the president’s reelection campaign bid in November.
The new rule “gives Latinos an added reason not only to support the president, but to actually turn out and vote,” said Brent Wilkes, the national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Obama’s campaign hopes this move will encourage Latinos—who have the lowest voter registration numbers of any major ethnic group in the United States, despite their growing demographic—to register and show up at the voting booth [and vote for him], according to Liz Goodwin’s Yahoo News article today.
But, it may not be as simple as Team Obama had hoped.
Nelly Medina, a 62-year-old Miami resident who canvasses new voters as a volunteer for the National Council of La Raza, says that hasn’t been easy. “The people don’t want to vote,” she says in Spanish. “There’s a lot of apathy.”
For every 1,000 new voters registered over the past few months, there’s a handful who say they’re not interested according to Medina.
Clarissa Martinez, La Raza’s director of civic engagement, has cut their national goal of registering 180,000 new Latino voters by half, to just 90,000; and in Florida their efforts were slowed considerably by a new [anti-tampering] law requiring registration forms to be turned in within 48 hours of being completed.
Another likely unintended consequence of adding this many illegals to the labor force will be the “poaching” of low to no skill jobs from [citizens] in the black community, who are already suffering from a stagnant 13 percent unemployment rate, which Rep. Allen West (R-FL) says is “… the most important statistic in the African American community,” according to his interview in Chris Good’s May 10, 2012 ABC News article.
This second sucker punch to them from Barack Obama in as many months, would rub salt into the still fresh wound of him declaring his support of same-sex marriage, which is diametrically opposed to their Evangelical Christian values.
In fact, the March 2012 ABC News poll included in the article found that African Americans oppose gay marriage 55 to 41 percent–while all poll respondents support it 52 to 43 percent.
Exit polls in the 2008 California election confirm this, as while 94 percent of black voters supported Obama–fully 70 percent also supported the Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage.
“I think it’s going to cause an incredible discussion in the black community, because, as you know, on Sundays in the black community, the most conservative people in America are in those black churches,” said Rep. West.
The conversations have already been underway and it doesn’t sound good for Barack Obama.
Rev. Dr. Emmett Burns, insists that although his peregrines won’t support Gov. Romney, like he, they have no interest in going to the polls this year, according to Frances Martel’s May 14, 2012 Mediaite article.
“People have come up to me [and] are saying they don’t support this; they don’t like this,” he argued. “They are disappointed with the President, and they plan to stay home.”
Marvin Randolph, Senior Vice President of Campaigns for the NAACP, also acknowledged that these [negative] attitudes from religious leaders in the black community could lead to a serious suppression of the African American vote this time around.
Figures show that just a 2 percent decline in this voter base, which represents 13 percent of the total electorate, would lock President Barack H. Obama out of the White House in November 2012.