I can't get over this president's gumption. According to the New York Times, Obama will tackle yet another large issue starting next month... the thorny, devisive issue of illegal immigration. Conservative Pat Buchanan was on MSNBC this morning predicting doom for Obama and democrats: "I'm telling you, they will face a bloodbath if he tries to legalize 12 miilion illegal aliens!" (Buchanan always gets hyped up talking about giving citizenship to longtime illegal immigrants, it's now his signature issue; Buchanan brought up the specter of double digit unemployment possibly coming down the pike). On one side, we get the same words "comprehensive" and "compassion", on the other side, "open borders" and "amnesty" just like before. Shouldn't we, as a nation, come to some workable solution after kicking this can down the road for well over a decade now? Is this such a "risky" move? Aren't hispanics already over 15% of the U.S population? (45.4 million) and the fastest growing minority? Didn't the president get elected with large hispanic support, promising an immigration solution? Is it possible to give 12 million+ illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship (the ones who've been here for years), yet block or stem the tide of additional immigrants coming in illegally? Is doing nothing better than attempting something? We are in a recession, but I heard one democrat say on cable news this morning that no new workers will be added to the workforce that are not already here. -------------------- The New York Times: Obama to Push Immigration Bill as One Priority "I know this is an emotional issue; I know it’s a controversial issue,” Obama told an audience at a town meeting on March 18 in Costa Mesa, Calif. “I know that the people get real riled up politically about this." But immigrants, he says, who are long-time residents but lack legal status “have to have some mechanism over time to get out of the shadows.” “It just doesn’t seem rational that any political leader would say, let’s give millions of foreign workers permanent access to U.S. jobs when we have millions of Americans looking for jobs,” said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a group that favors reduced immigration. Mr. Beck predicted that Mr. Obama would face “an explosion” if he proceeded this year. “It’s going to be, ‘You’re letting them keep that job, when I could have that job,’ ” he said.