"We live in a country of laws. We don't do things sort of based on one person's situation no matter how painful."
The empathy President seemed to be in short supply of sympathy for the plight of an illegal alien facing deportation back in 2006. Michelle Malkin covered the story of Elvira Arellano including a plea to then-Senator Obama for a humanitarian visa for Arellano to avoid deportation. Obama refused to help Arellano citing our country of laws in the video below as basis for his refusal.
Fast forward four years when Obama has all the power at his disposal to enforce the laws that would have made the Arizona immigration legislation unnecessary, Obama declares it "misguided." He has urged his Attorney General to examine whether the law violates civil rights.
Truth be told, Obama is angry the law calls attention to his failure to deal with immigration. As Peggy Noonan notes, it all comes down to politics:
The American president has the power to control America's borders if he wants to, but George W. Bush and Barack Obama did not and do not want to, and for the same reason, and we all know what it is. The fastest-growing demographic in America is the Hispanic vote, and if either party cracks down on illegal immigration, it risks losing that vote for generations.Alicia Colon accuses Democrats of injecting race instead of dealing with the issue with common sense. Peggy Noonan agrees, common sense should prevail over politics. Enforce the borders Mr. President, we live in a country of laws. We shouldn't be doing things based on one party's situation, no matter how painful.
But while the Democrats worry about the prospects of the Democrats and the Republicans about the well-being of the Republicans, who worries about America?
No one. Which the American people have noticed, and which adds to the dangerous alienation—actually it's at the heart of the alienation—of the age.