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Obama Once Worried About Immigration's Toll on U.S. Workers

Nov. 17, 2014

As we explained last week – Who Better to Make the Case Against Obama’s Amnesty Than Obama? – the president need only recall his past stipulations on illegal immigration to understand why executive amnesty is a bad idea. Obama’s ambivalence on the issue was even evident in his famed 2006 autobiography, “The Audacity of Hope,” in which he states: “The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century. If this huge influx of mostly low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole – especially by keeping our workforce young, in contrast to an increasingly geriatric Europe and Japan – it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and put strains on an already overburdened safety net [emphasis added].” He continued, “When I see Mexican flags waved at pro-immigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I’m forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration.” Eight years later, this bloc represents a much-needed Democrat base to continue fundamentally transforming America. More…

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