Gotta hand it to Obama. He’s one helluva predictor. At the beginning of the summer he said this about taking executive action on immigration:
“We know the opponents of reform are going to do everything they can to prevent that,” he said. “They’ll try to stoke fear and create division. They’ll try to play politics with an issue that the vast majority of Americans want addressed. And if they succeed, we will lose this chance to finally fix an immigration system that is badly broken.“
Obama was warning us against opponents of reform stoking fear, creating division and playing politics with immigration reform. He was right. Now long after this we had a “crisis” on our southern border with refugees from Central America and those opponents sought to stoke fears. One opponent of immigration reform stated:
“Our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers. We don’t even know how many of these kids don’t make it, and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”
That’s scary stuff. My fears got stoked big time. Then, just as Obama predicted, an opponent of immigration reform sought to create divisions by saying this:
“What we have in mind is treating unaccompanied minor children from the three Central American countries as being from contiguous countries, i.e., Mexico. We offer a child the ability to accept a voluntary return, and a lot of them actually do accept a voluntary return.”
Well, division created as the article points out with this statement, “The American Immigration Lawyers Association vehemently disagrees.”
Now, Obama was two for two here. Fear was stoked and division created, but could he go three for three…a hat trick or a turkey, depending on your sport of choice. Welp, here it is:
“The truth of the matter is that the politics did shift midsummer because of that problem. I want to spend some time, even as we’re getting all our ducks in a row for the executive action … to make sure that the public understands why we’re doing this.”
BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!
He nailed it. Fears stoked. Divisions created and politics being played. Now, of course the first and third quotes are from Obama and the second one is from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, but does it really matter. Obama predicted opponents of immigration reform would stoke fears, create divisions and play politics and he was right.