Pundits Spin Election Results to Bolster Amnesty Case

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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The fun thing about elections is that whether your side wins or loses, you can find ways to spin the results to bolster your worldview. The immigration issue and the mid-term elections are a perfect example of this dynamic. I’m a left-leaning independent, but even I have to laugh while watching the pundits break down what went wrong for the Democrats on Tuesday.

Given the fact that the party that generally supports an amnesty for illegal immigrants was routed and the one that generally opposes it won on a massive scale, it would seem that President Obama was probably wise in holding off on immigration reform until after the election. But on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and elsewhere, I keep hearing the talking heads remark that this was a blunder that contributed to the historic drubbing, by depressing the Latino turnout. (This segment on NPR’s “All Things Considered” yesterday is a typical example.)

There was only one ballot initiative concerning immigration on Tuesday, and voters in Oregon rejected giving drivers cards to illegal immigrants by a 2-1 margin. The fact that this happened in Oregon — where Democrats performed well and turnout skewed younger thanks to another ballot question on legalizing recreational marijuana use (it passed) — says a lot about where the public stands on the immigration issue. But I haven’t heard a single mention of it in any of these immigration-related discussions in national media outlets.

According to various exit polls, Latinos made up 8 percent of the electorate this year, compared to 7 percent in 2010, when 31 percent of registered Latinos turned out. And Republicans captured a bigger slice of the Latino vote than they did in 2012. The Latino turnout obviously could have been higher, but what evidence is there that the president’s inaction on immigration reform contributed to his party’s catastrophic performance?

An election-eve poll conducted by Latino Decisions, in partnership with National Council of La Raza, asked registered Latino voters who weren’t planning to vote in the mid-term election why they weren’t going to participate. 25 percent said they didn’t have time, 24 percent didn’t know where their polling place was, 19 percent cited frustration with “bad candidates”, and 14 percent said they lacked a photo ID required to vote. Sixty percent of respondents did say that President Obama’s inaction made them less enthusiastic about the president and the Democratic Party, compared to 23 percent who said it made them more enthusiastic. And 68 percent of non-voters said that if comprehensive immigration reform was passed “before the end of this year” they might consider voting in 2016.

The reasons the Latino non-voters cited for failing to turn out sound a lot like the reasons you’d get from any group during any election year. And I’m not sure I see how granting them what many supposedly want — immigration reform — now, will motivate them to vote later.

All of this bogus punditry also fails to account for the fact that if the president had acted forcefully on immigration prior to the election, he would have gotten the Republican base even more fired up than they already were. The fact is that if the Democrats had won big on Tuesday, all of the same people who are saying Obama made a huge blunder would be claiming that the Republicans lost because they didn’t support immigration reform.

No matter how you feel about the Obama administration, you have to acknowledge that they have a sophisticated, data-driven approach to gauging the political winds. They know that supporting amnesty is a losing proposition and that’s why the president postponed action until after the election.

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  1. American taxpayers have seen too many illegal aliens enter through an almost un-enforced border or fly in as an ‘Overstaying’ tourist. They are damaging our neighborhoods and towns. Crime has risen, property values have fallen, and the influx of minimum wage workers takes jobs from high school children? The hospitals are overrun with foreign nationals; schools are hardly recognizable with less and less English speakers. The floods of people have already added to congested highways and a never ending stream of welfare for “Anchor Babies”. Then Chain Migration policy will sponsor even more millions of people, brought to America to gorge on the US taxpayer’ with the U.S. economy shriveling-up with a demand for government handouts. And, then they will vote Democrats into office for the next 20 years if they eventually get citizenship.

    Eleven states have been issuing drivers licenses and over 42 percent of illegal aliens have access to food stamps and other benefits. The biased national press has hardly sacomment_ID a word, about the influx of millions of illegal aliens since Obama took office, nor about the crushing blow to our economy with his devastating policies at home and in other countries. The newspapers have even lied about the positive effects of this illegal alien invasion. Of course the five million illegal aliens he makes “legal” will also challenge five million honest Americans, Hispanics, Asians, blacks, men, women, old and youth for available low pay jobs.

    They have also taken jobs from our lower wage workers, increasing supply through the bottom and mcomment_IDdle of the labor force, because they have pushed honest Americans to compete for the same mcomment_IDdle income jobs, and contributed to lower wages for all. The price tag for Prescomment_IDent Obamas policy to pass this amnesty over 50 years according to the Heritage foundation is 50 years is $ (9 Trillion dollars) Of course the Liberal press will remain silent the expenditures.

    Tell Capitol Hill Republicans that you voted for them to stand tall, bombarding them to erase Obama and Senator Recomment_ID plan is to press this amnesty into faces of taxpayers. Millions of illegal aliens (criminals) that the future is at stake. Support of the Republican Party will stand or fall on their opposition to granting amnesty to illegal aliens. Call Washington at 1-866-220-0044 or 1-800-224-3121. Check this site that includes phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress contact them at: http://www.contactingthecongress to demand an end to illegal immigration, the dismantling of the Rule of laws, sovereignty, citizen rights and even the US Constitution. Join the National Tea Party and NumbersUSA.

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