Immigration is once again on the table for the Obama Administration. The President called this week for those on Capitol Hill to tackle the immigration issue and asserted that the “time has come for us to fix it once and for all.” Well, if he says it must be discussed seriously… by an April deadline no less…then the answers should come in. The Commander in Chief (sometimes… when he feels like getting off the golf course to handle real issues outside of a photo opp) has spoken and so it shall be. Right? Wrong…

The most frustrating thing about President Obama is his timing and the outright arrogance with which he speaks (I apologize to my leftist friends who think him infallible). President Obama has punted the issue of immigration around like it was a football in a game of peewee players. He has chosen when to play the issue and when to pull back, like a manipulator. Now, amidst so much turmoil globally (enter North Korea and Syria) he has chosen once again to pick up the issue as a flagship cause.

The President has essentially shut off the debate before it has begun. There is no room for flexibility and sharing of real solutions. Yes, immigration is a problem. Illegal aliens are serving as a drain on our economy in many ways, being trafficked by those with less than ideal intentions, and are being offered services of the government and other agencies without having to pay taxes in many cases. This creates problems both because of and for illegal immigrants. Yet, by taking the stage as a dictator telling his minions on Capitol Hill to do work, a finger snap would have been appropriate at that point, he is putting everyone on the defensive. The work of immigration reform has never truly gone away and if it was such a concern, he could have chosen to stick by the discussion more thoroughly. Instead, when the issues of the world seem so great, it appears he is condescendingly throwing a new coal on the fire to distract from other pertinent issues.

In essence, then, it is not his fervor for immigration reform that is a problem. Rather, it is his attitude and his suddenness to pick up the issue again. Most likely, too, though I am no Ms. Cleo, his role will be to rev up the two sides and watch them fight it out, while he espouses placations and heated language from behind his teleprompter. Nothing is uncalculated in this Administration and we must all watch what the other hand is doing… or maybe I’m just a paranoid Republican speaking my conspiracy theories again…

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