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Undocumented immigrants have lost another round in federal court. So has President Obama, who has attempted to put in place an enlightened policy that would delay deportations for some 4 million illegal border crossers, many of them young people who think of themselves as Americans.

But several days ago, a panel dominated by conservative judges reaffirmed an earlier ruling that blocked the president’s executive order from going into effect. That means Obama’s plan to sidestep Congress and grant temporary quasi-legal status to qualified undocumented immigrants is in trouble.

Predictably, many Republicans are exulting. They have blasted Obama’s executive orders as despotic, and many of them play to their ultraconservative base by bashing immigrants without papers. They see the court rulings as justifiable limits on a president whose policies they abhor.

Yet, these court rulings on immigration have hardly done Republicans a favor. In fact, the decisions are likely to prove a major headache for GOP presidential primary candidates, who are already suffering a poor reputation among Latino voters.

Since Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, Republican strategists have attempted to repair the party’s image among Latinos, urging their major political players to adopt a more favorable policy toward illegal immigrants. They know that Mitt Romney was haunted by his rhetoric favoring “self-deportation”; Latinos supported Obama over Romney 71 percent to 27 percent.

Still, Republicans have had difficulty reaching out to them. Most of the presidential candidates have tried to keep quiet on the issue of illegal immigration, hoping not to be caught in the sort of misstep that Romney made, but also trying not to alienate their primary voters.

Among the major contenders, only Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, has been outspoken in advocating a compassionate approach to illegal immigrants. Speaking at an April event celebrating his father, Bush said: “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”

But even Bush has soft-pedaled on a significant point, according to Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent: “(Bush) has also retreated to a safer position, hinting he agrees we must secure the border before legalization.”

That’s a typical Republican dodge, one that most of the party’s major pols have used in the last several years. Here’s the problem: The border is as secure as it can get without being hermetically sealed. The Washington Post, using figures from the Pew Research Center, reports that illegal immigration is at its lowest point in 20 years. Moreover, Obama has deported more undocumented workers than his predecessors — a sore point among his Latino supporters.

Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, has already made a bold play to sew up the Latino vote in the general election. Earlier this month, she called for granting “full and equal citizenship” to the undocumented. “Today not a single Republican candidate, announced or potential, is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one. When they talk about ‘legal status,’ that’s code for ‘second-class status,'” she said.

Most of the GOP candidates were muted in their response to Clinton’s salvo, but recent court rulings blocking Obama’s orders will force them out into the open. They will have to outline their own proposals for dealing with the estimated 10 million or so undocumented workers living in the shadows.

There are plenty of good reasons for Republicans to support a path to citizenship for those who have committed no other crime than crossing the border without papers. Those reasons include incorporating a family-oriented and relatively youthful group who will help the United States avoid an age-related demographic bust like that facing Japan and some European countries.

But for the GOP, the main reason may well be political: Latinos are the fastest-growing voting bloc in the country, and it would be suicidal for the party to continue to alienate them.

Cynthia Tucker won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007. She can be reached at cynthia@cynthiatucker.com.

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Cynthia Tucker Haynes

Cynthia Tucker Haynes, a veteran newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, is a Visiting Professor of Journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. She is also a highly-regarded commentator on TV and radio news shows.

Haynes was editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper for 17 years, where she led the development of opinion policy. More recently, she was that newspaper’s Washington-based political columnist. She maintains a syndicated column through Universal Press Syndicate, which is published in dozens of newspapers around the country. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007, Haynes has also received numerous other awards, including Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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  1. Dominick Vila May 30, 2015

    Every country has the right to expect immigrants to respect its laws, values, and traditions. However, we are one of a few industrialized countries determined to do everything we can to make it as difficult as possible for certain immigrants to enter the country, with or without papers. While the latest example of ethnic and cultural intolerance is not new, there is no doubt that the current stand on this issue, and its portrayal as something unprecedented, is influenced by a desire to attack President Obama. President Obama’s Executive Order is not the same as amnesty. If it was, we would not be having this debate. Amnesty, such as the one signed into law by President Reagan, with Congressional approval, in 1986 was a full pardon, and it is irrevocable. President Obama’s EO is a TEMPORARY measure that can be reversed by Congress or by tour justice system. Its intent was to encourage Congress to take action on this issue. A few Republicans, Sens. Rubio and Graham, took action, and reversed course when they realized that their political future was in jeopardy if they persisted. The lack of action on this issue, which does not have to include amnesty, is not due to Republicans not knowing how to correct this problem, but their fear to anger the white supremacists that constitute their base, and political considerations critical to the outcome of the election in 2016.

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    1. Dennis Price May 30, 2015

      They only hate these so called ‘illegals” if they’re Hispanic and everybody knows it. If they’re Canadian, Asian or European it’s OK by them. Maybe if their masters didn’t keep employing them at slave wages we wouldn’t have these issues. This is the result of greedy 1% types holding out the carrot of jobs for them. But that’s OK. It’s funny how the haters can’t see the hypocritical nature of all of this. I guess that’s to be expected.

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      1. Dominick Vila June 1, 2015

        Thousands of immigrants from Europe, Asia, and other countries enter the USA illegally every single day, and nobody says a word about that. Some enter via our Northern border. Most enter the USA with student or tourist visas, and never leave.
        What we are seeing are manifestations of extreme cultural and ethnic prejudice. The expressions hatred we hear or read in forums like this are not influenced by legal considerations, or because some among us are concerned about illegal immigrants taking our jobs. If they were worried about the latter, their ire would be directed at the thousands of immigrants from countries like India and Pakistan, who do compete against American professionals for the best jobs our economy has to offer, rather than jobs that most of us are not interested in.
        The most embarrassing episode, and a clear example of how far we are willing to go to prevent Latinos from becoming part of our society, was the opposition to grant asylum to children from Central American countries trying to escape the violence that exists in countries like Honduras and Guatemala.
        The contrast between what is taking place in the land of the free, and the efforts being made to help immigrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to places like Sicily, including popular criticisms because people in many European countries are enraged by the failure of their governments to rescue immigrants crossing the Med in over crowded small boats, could not be more stark.

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    2. itsfun May 30, 2015

      Is this TEMPORARY order like the TEMPORARY income tax when it was started? Our politicians use the word TEMPORARY just to get something in, then it becomes PERMANENT.

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    3. itsfun May 30, 2015

      Legal immigrants have helped to make this country great. People came here to find a new way of life. These people learned our language, they had skills to help our nation grow. They made great contributions to society. They are still welcomed here. The right is simply asking immigrants to follow our laws. Now we have immigrants that are just coming here for welfare. Just look at the gang and drug problems they are causing in Texas and New Mexico and California. Look at what has happened in California. These illegals want the US to speak Spanish for them. They don’t think they should learn the language of our country. We are suppose to honor their holidays. They want to fly the Mexican flag and to hell with the American flag. Kids are not allowed to wear clothing with our flag on it to school, because illegal immigrants don’t like our flag. The left wants to make our country a welfare country and a haven for gangs, drugs, just to get a few votes. When Castro decided to empty his prisons we took in all the worst of Cuba. Amazing how car hi-jacking started in Miami after that. Legal immigrants did and still do make great contributions to this country, but unskilled, drug dealers, gang members, and people looking for a free ride only hurt this country.

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      1. Dominick Vila May 30, 2015

        The GOP refusal to modify our immigration laws to extend to Latinos the same privileges enjoyed by immigrants from Europe and Asia suggest that they have no intention to benefit from the contributions that immigrants provide to every country in the world – when those immigrants are Mexicans or Central Americans.
        People don’t enter the USA illegally because they want to break the law, they cannot get a visa to enter the USA legally.

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        1. itsfun May 30, 2015

          So, that makes it okay to break the law if a country won’t change their laws to make the law breakers happy?

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          1. Dominick Vila May 30, 2015

            Nope, and that is why I don’t support amnesty. We should not reward those who deliberately ignore and violate our laws and, most importantly, amnesty only encourages more people to emulate what others did before them.

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          2. FireBaron May 31, 2015

            Dominick, just one question – how are we going to remove those here illegally without disrupting their families, most of which contain US Citizens?

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          3. Dominick Vila June 1, 2015

            We should not remove them. The solution, regarding those who are already in the USA illegally, is to embrace Sen. McCain’s “guest worker” program. An alternate solution is for Congress to make President Obama’s EO permanent. Mass deportation is not a solution.
            The larger issue is how should we modify our immigration laws to make it unnecessary for people from Latin America to enter the USA illegally.

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          4. paulyz June 2, 2015

            Don’t remove them? There goes “Temporary”. In other words, AMNESTY!

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          5. Dominick Vila June 3, 2015

            Nope. My preference is Sen. McCain’s “Guest Worker” program, which would allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the USA, work, pay taxes, without enjoying the benefits of amnesty, which include a path to citizenship and access to social programs, among other things.
            What is clear, is that what you want is the deportation of anyone who does not look or sound like you. Trying to preserve a European culture at a time when even Europe is going through a major transformation as immigrants from every corner of the world go there to work, is not only a virtual impossibility, it is counter productive as it deprives the apartheid countries from the benefits derived from ethnic and cultural diversity. I realize that the latter represents poison to you, but that is the reality that exists today in the USA and in every other industrialized country in the world.

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          6. paulyz June 3, 2015

            Right away you jump into “racism” don’t you, good, it finally comes out. We already are a very diverse country but you are the racist, you want everybody but White Europeans to come, which is already the case mostly. I don’t care where LEGAL Immigrants come from Dominick, but don’t want ILLEGALS entering from “any” country.

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      2. geraldhoey May 30, 2015

        Your attitude is exactly why Republicans will never connect with latinos. Republicans have to keep appeasing such as you in their base.

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        1. FireBaron May 31, 2015

          The GOP are the descendants of the same folks who said “No Irish need apply”, “Keep the Polacks and Wops out!”, “No Chinese or Japanese!”, etc. When we controlled both Cuba AND Puerto Rico, they did everything they could to keep both folks out of the mainland US, unless the Cubans could play baseball.

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  2. paulyz May 30, 2015

    This National Memo article tries to portray Americans that want our Laws enforced, as being anti-Latino. Purely political propaganda. So having an increased Latino population because of Millions of Latinos mostly, but many from other nations, sneaking in unlawfully, somehow gives them the right to special privileges, is completely fine with them. LEGAL Latinos are just as much against Illegal “immigration & Amnesty as the general population. Articles such as these are why actually solving this mess are near impossible. This could very easily be solved (if they wanted to), by Mandatory E-verify, fully secured borders, & stopping of all visa overstays, as a 1st. & Separate Bill. Americans have only gotten one Amnesty after another, & will never trust this lying politicians.

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    1. Bren Frowick May 30, 2015

      “The border is as secure as it can get without being hermetically sealed. The Washington Post, using figures from the Pew Research Center, reports that illegal immigration is at its lowest point in 20 years.”

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      1. CrankyToo May 30, 2015

        Hey Bren, don’t you know by now that paulyz is impervious to facts?

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      2. paulyz May 30, 2015

        The border is NOT as secure as it can get, you are mistaking arrests of Illegals as proof of border security. There have been less arrests for a few years for several well known reasons. One is the terrible economy under Obama has resulted in less work opportunities, so less come for work. Another reason, as stated by the Border Patrol, is they have been ordered to move further from the border & actually not make arrests in most cases, leaving approx. 58% of border not secured. Furthermore, from 2013 to 2015, Obama released 68,000 criminal Illegals into our neighborhoods that were waiting deportation. There now has been more Illegals entering after hearing of Obama’s Executive Amnesty, which they hope to get by sneaking in. There is also the National Security risk of criminals entering, drugs, diseases, terrorists, ( which has already happened), previously deported Illegals, pregnant women, & many entering without work skills expecting to get government assistance.

        What would be the most effective would be mandatory E-verify, which Obama & the Dems. Oppose of course, because they pander for the Latino vote, not stopping the flow.

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        1. Bren Frowick May 31, 2015

          Obama himself is ambivalent about everify, though many Democrats AND Republicans DO oppose it, for any number of reasons, including the fact that so many corporate interests depend on undocumented immigrant labor to do jobs Americans refuse to work at. But then, most Americans also oppose it when costs are considered: http://reason.com/poll/2013/04/01/americans-oppose-everify-if-costs-are-co
          As to “pandering” that has become a meaningless attack, given that is is every bit as accurate to state that right wing pols are “pandering” to the nativist, paranoid base in stirring up conspiracy theory-driven fantasies claiming “We’re all going to be killed!” (Lindsay Graham) about ISIS pouring over unprotected borders with the support of crazed drug lords. Who, after all, can OBVIOUSLY be depended on to try and destroy their own customer base… the eternal lack of coherent thought on the part of right winger appears bottomless.
          As to the border, it is beyond dispute that it is more secure than it has EVER been in the past, and it has long been clear that anything short of a multi-trillion dollar plan to hermetically seal it with giant walls defended by minefields, dogs, barbed wire, machine gun towers, and every electronic gizmo known to man would be inadequate in the eyes of the paranoid, who are too gobsmacked by their own fears to comprehend that even THAT would not stop illegal immigration.

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    2. ulfur May 30, 2015

      If the GOP believed in free markets, they would allow labor to cross borders as easy as money does. Of course, the GOP base really does not believe in free markets.

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      1. plc97477 May 30, 2015

        The problem is the gotp believes in free markets by way of illegals can’t complain if they don’t get paid or are cheated.

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      2. FireBaron May 31, 2015

        As far as the GOP’s supporters are concerned – they would rather they stay in Mexico, where these companies can open factories that pay about 1/5 of what they would have to pay them in America. Why else do you think there are so many companies with factories just across the border from Matamoras to Ciudad Juarez? Also, they don’t have to worry about environmental pollution either. Just build a pit and dump the waste in it.

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  3. itsfun May 30, 2015

    Yep, the terrible Republicans hate all Latinos, old people, women, poor people, and anything else the left can make up to gain a vote.

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    1. Bren Frowick May 30, 2015

      LOL, truth hurts?

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    2. ulfur May 30, 2015

      Yes, the GOP base likes Latinos so much that they call their grandmothers criminals and their children anchor babies. That is a great plan to get their votes. By all means, keep up the good work. Let them know exactly what you think of them. Please, be brutally honest.

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      1. 13observer June 1, 2015

        We don’t want the votes of illegals! If laws don’t mean anything, what do you think stops me from kicking your a** everyday?

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    3. Treg Brown June 1, 2015

      hahaha.
      Great joke. Except of course, it’s the absolute truth. They hate all you mentioned and more.

      Nice group of nobs you choose to defend.

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      1. itsfun June 1, 2015

        And I bet you are one of the left that preaches tolerance until someone doesn’t agree with you.

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        1. Treg Brown June 1, 2015

          I’m never tolerance of intolerance.
          Where did you get the idea that the “LEFT” feels a need to tolerate hate?

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          1. 13observer June 1, 2015

            Most communists tolerate about anything but successful people.

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          2. Treg Brown June 2, 2015

            I think you mean “socialist”. Socialism and communism are different, but someone as wise as you already knows that.

            I enjoyed this comment from your history the most. Really shows off your subtle grasp of the US Constitution.

            “There should be no penalty for illegals here in America… and no penalty for rapists, murderers, drug dealers, cop killers, bank robbers, child molesters and liberal democrats. Instead, let me defend myself against criminals with guns because you see… this is why the Second Amendment exists… to ensure proper penalties or (immediate justice) for those whom choose to assault law-abiding citizens with guns. Freedom equals Justice!”

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  4. plc97477 May 30, 2015

    Unfortunately the gotp’s idea of reaching out to Latinos consists of dyeing their hair black and speaking broken spanish. It’s not going to get them very far.

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    1. CrankyToo May 30, 2015

      You say that’s unfortunate; I say NOT!!! I say the Greedy Old Pricks and their coterie of xenophobes (and homophobes and skinheads and rednecks and various and sundry other scumbags) should keep doing what they’re doing until there aren’t enough left to constitute a viable electorate.

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    2. Dominick Vila May 30, 2015

      Bear in mind that this issue is only controversial because a Democrat is in the White House. Republicans did not complain when President Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants in 1986. They looked the other way when President George W. Bush promoted policies designed to help Mexican and Central American immigrants, to the point that people in that part of the world knew him as a “simpatico” U.S. president.
      This issue is the hot potato it is today because President Obama committed himself to solve this problem, and went as far as signing an EO designed to force Congress to take action to solve this problem once and for all.
      While it is true that a segment of the GOP has always hated Latino cultural influences, and their presence in the USA, this issue has reached the levels it has because of President Obama’s focus on it. The same goes for Obamacare, a healthcare solution proposed by The Heritage foundation, the withdrawal from Iraq, Libya, Benghazi, and Hillary’s e-mail gate. When examined carefully, what is evident is that the GOP has absolutely nothing positive to propose in terms of problem solving or a path to a stronger economy, job creation, and a higher standard of living, among other things. They rely strictly on negativism and smoke screens that appeal to their base, but that may not be enough at a national level.

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      1. paulyz May 30, 2015

        Must I inform you yet again that your so-called Reagan Amnesty was a bi-partisan, legislative action called the Simpson-Mazolli Act, and you know it, but of course ignore that fact to fit into your excusing Obama. Had that 1986, bi-partisan “one-time” Amnesty actually been enforced, when there were 2.7 Million Illegals, there wouldn’t be the serious problems we have today. All we got was the Amnesty. All we would need to do is enforce that Law today.

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        1. Dominick Vila May 31, 2015

          You don’t have to inform me of that, I remember the cooperation that existed between elected officials in the Reagan era, when they put national responsibility ahead of party priorities. I also remember the support that Reagan enjoyed from the so-called “Reagan Democrats”, most of who are now Republicans.
          The largest influx of illegal immigrants into the USA occurred between 1980 and 2007, when the Great Recession hit. Illegal and legal immigration is currently at its lowest point in decades.

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          1. paulyz May 31, 2015

            Whether Illegal or Legal Immigration is, in numerical terms still has nothing to do with granting “another” Amnesty. We have many ignored Laws that have already dealt with the solution, deportation. People from anywhere in the World must come here Legally.

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          2. Dominick Vila May 31, 2015

            I agree with your last sentence, but since a TEMPORARY work permit is not the same as amnesty, a full and irrevocable pardon, I really don’t know what you are talking about.

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          3. paulyz June 2, 2015

            As I had reminded you before, allowing 5 Million Illegals to remain & work certai ly is Amnesty. You know as well as I this is a stalling tactic that will never be temporary, & as I mentioned above, has been shot down by Federal Judges & Courts. Even Obama admitted over 22 times, he doesn’t have the authority to do this, because he is not an Emperor.

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          4. Dominick Vila June 2, 2015

            I realize this is all semantics, but the definition of amnesty is a full, irrevocable, pardon. Among other things, it allows the recipients to become naturalized American citizens. An EO that grants temporary work permits to those who have been in the USA for over 5 years – and who had children born in the USA – is only amnesty for those determined to eradicate the Latin American culture from the USA.
            When President Obama signed this EO he acknowledged that it could be reversed, or rendered null and void, the moment Congress passes immigration law reforms, or by the Courts. It is, therefore, not even close to amnesty.
            BTW, immigration law reform does not have to include amnesty. In fact, I hope it doesn’t.

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          5. paulyz June 2, 2015

            You bet it is semantics, whatever they choose to call it, it is all intended to keep Illegals here, continue to take our jobs, & burden our Citizens, all for political purposes.

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          6. Daniel Jones May 31, 2015

            Obama was following the deportation laws, then the studies showed the laws were ridiculous as set up, so he crafted the amnesty to have time to work out the bugs.

            pauly, no matter how many times you harp on legality, Executive Orders are legal actions even when the President is black. They can be blocked in turn as has happened.

            Now, the Republican Party’s actual positions and plans must bve and will be revealed, weighed, and pinned to them.

            The whole damned story says this! Stop parroting bullshit and read the story.

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          7. paulyz June 2, 2015

            Federal Judges & Federal Courts have proved you incorrect on this matter. End of story.

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        2. Dominick Vila May 31, 2015

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/03/31/obama-remains-a-rock-star-abroad/

          President Obama, and his foreign policy, have restored our credibility abroad, after one of the most disastrous foreign policy periods in U.S. history.

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          1. itsfun June 1, 2015

            Yep; he is great at drawing red lines. His policy in Yemen sure worked great. He even bragged about it. He is a disaster and we have absolutely no credibility abroad. He trades terrorists for traitors, yet lets a veteran sit in a Mexican prison for months and months. He see people getting their heads cut off and goes golfing. Doesn’t want to make any of the people chopping off heads to get upset with him. Even though he claims to be one, he hates Christians, or he would do something to help save their lives abroad.

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          2. Dominick Vila June 1, 2015

            Saying that things were improving in Yemen when a pro-Western man became President has nothing to do with U.S. policy. That was a statement of fact that, unfortunately, did not last long because of the determination of Saudi Arabia and Iran to continue to fight the battles that have characterized life in the Islamic world for centuries. President Obama has not condoned the brutal actions being taken by ISIS. Our bombing campaign, and the use of drones against ISIS targets, leaves no doubt of his commitment to fight terrorism. The fact that he withdraw our troops from Iraq, in accordance with the withdrawal plan agreed to by his predecessor and the President of Iraq, does not indicate he is weak on terrorism. It simply highlights the fact that he, like most Americans, is tired of sacrificing American lives to support a puppet government that is unwilling to fight for their rights and purported values.

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          3. itsfun June 1, 2015

            Dom: Obama came on TV and bragged about how his foreign policy was working and he used Yemen as the example of his great policy. Iraq has fallen under his watch, no one else. I don’t think we should be there either, but defending the failures of this administrations policies don’t help either. That part of the world has been at war for over 2000 years and will probably be at war for another 2000 years. We don’t need anything they have to offer, so don’t keep getting our kids killed for no reason, other than money.

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          4. Dominick Vila June 1, 2015

            Iraq failed the moment President George W. Bush decided to invade that country, a former ally of the USA, and replace Saddam Hussein and all members of the Baathist party with Shiites aligned to Iran. BTW, the puppet government that W put in place has not been defeated yet.
            Like I said before, we should not waste another American life or spend another dime, in that country or anywhere in the Persian Gulf or Middle East.

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          5. itsfun June 1, 2015

            Don’t forget President Bush had the approval of Congress, which included a approval vote by Hillary Clinton. I agree we shouldn’t waste another American life or spend another dime.

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  5. jamesowens May 30, 2015

    they all love taco Tuesday is that not enough

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  6. Whatmeworry May 30, 2015

    The Latino problem is fixing its self. Requiring a photo ID will remove the 4 million illegals who voted in 2012

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    1. Whatmeworry May 30, 2015

      The Latino problem is racism by whites. Requiring a photo ID isn’t necessary for the 4 million illegals who voted in 2012

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      1. MichelleRose3 May 31, 2015

        Repeating a post is a dead giveaway that you’re a paid troll.

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        1. Daniel Max Ketter May 31, 2015

          He always repeats his posts, and never replys back when called on by me for his stupid remarks. Obviously a republican troll.

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      2. itsfun June 1, 2015

        They will just get fake ID’s with Obama’s picture on it.

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        1. Whatmeworry June 3, 2015

          Or that idiot pope francis

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    2. Daniel Max Ketter May 30, 2015

      I have no problem allowing latino immigrants to vote. They have every right just like my forefathers from nazi Germany when they came to America. God bless our labor organizations for their service.

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      1. paulyz May 31, 2015

        Latino Immigrants or Latino Illegal Aliens? That is the question.

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        1. Daniel Max Ketter May 31, 2015

          They are all immigrants, trying to get here so they can live a better life. I see no reason why the taxpayers can’t help these folks out. Certainly the greedy republicans can help out but refuse.

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          1. itsfun June 1, 2015

            The illegals are trying to get here for the welfare, free medical, free education, etc. They are not here to contribute, but to leech off us. Just look at the parts of our country where they are illegally going to. These are not people with skills, but those that have no skills and demand you and me pay for them. They refuse to learn our language. They protest our flag and disrespect it and fly the flag of different countries. Just look at the gang problems and drug dealings. Look at what happened in Florida when we allowed Castro to empty his prisons and welcome the scum of Cuba here. All of a sudden we had car hi-jackings. People in many parts of Florida now arm their selves to feel safe. We have enough struggling legal people in our country to help, we don’t need another 5 or more million to support.

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          2. Daniel Max Ketter June 1, 2015

            Why repoooblikans are the biggest leaches down there in Florida. You must not read newspapers where you live

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          3. 13observer June 1, 2015

            Their greed brought them here! Yes they, because of greed, were motivated to break our immigration laws! Every class (status) of human kind has a certain level of greed. You are very comfortable with your communist status!

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          4. Daniel Max Ketter June 1, 2015

            They came here for a better life. The only greed are the repub’s and tea party whackos

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          5. 13observer June 1, 2015

            Why don’t you sponsor a few families to live and eat at your house? You, like most liberal democrats are good at spending other peoples money to support the “dependant class” voting block that sustains the democratic party!

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          6. Daniel Max Ketter June 3, 2015

            I sure do and hire them to mow my lawn.

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          7. paulyz June 3, 2015

            You are in violation of OUR Country’s Laws then, it is a crime to knowingly hire Illegals. You are the reason people keep coming here Illegally. You give them a few bucks to do yardwork, while the rest of us pay their health care, school costs, foodstamps, crime costs & many other costs they burden us with. Give me your contact information so I can report you to the proper authorities.

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          8. Daniel Max Ketter June 4, 2015

            Huh?? Report me to my homeowners association why don’t you. I’m the president.

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          9. paulyz June 8, 2015

            So what if your President of the homeowners assoc. Why report you to them? I want to give your name & address to ICE for purposely violating our LAWS. They have strict fines & possible imprisonment for jerks like you.

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          10. Daniel Max Ketter June 9, 2015

            Annnd dream on little man

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          11. paulyz June 2, 2015

            You are so completely unknowledgeable about this subject or a pure Socialist. There are perhaps over a Billion people from other countries that would all come here with your idiotic “reasoning”. The U.S. has historically allowed more Legal Immigrants than the entire world combined. Actually it is some greedy businesses that support what you mention for cheap labor, as well as the Democrat Party that wants more voters for them. I believe you’re just trying to create controversy, because almost no one thinks as you on this. How about all those that agree with you agree to pay all the costs from excessive immigration, or Illegal “immigration”, NOT “the taxpayer”.

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          12. Daniel Max Ketter June 3, 2015

            Yes, I’m a socialist and big union guy. Why can’t the taxpayers help these immigrants out? The republican wealthy don’t do nuttin but hire them as maids or servants and pay them slave wages.

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          13. paulyz June 3, 2015

            NO, not the taxpayers, just people like you can use your own money. Very easy to “act” caring with other people’s money. America ISN’T a Socialist country, so maybe you would be happier living in some Socialist country. You are Free to go any time you desire.

            p.s. I worked as a union member my entire life; Steelworkers & AFSCME, but that didn’t stop me from waking up to the politics of it.

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          14. Daniel Max Ketter June 4, 2015

            Sounds more like you were on the flip of bargaining, weren’t you mr management. I can smell your type a mile away, the scent of money and greed instead of oil and dirty fingernails.

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          15. paulyz June 8, 2015

            Completely wrong as usual and you Liberals are great at making assumptions of anyone that disagrees with you. Why do you assume I am management, because you figure the average union worker is ignorant like you? I worked hard for everything I have & don’t like you presumptious, assuming, know-it-all, intolerant, dumbbells taking it from me for ILLEGALS! YOU are really a moron.

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          16. Daniel Max Ketter June 9, 2015

            Must be hard just collecting a paycheck while your labor does the work

            Reply
    3. Whatmeworry June 3, 2015

      Linda Ketter is a BIGGER moron than fat Dannnnn Ketter. She must not read newspapers where she lives

      Reply
    4. Bob Eddy June 13, 2015

      Once again the right wing invents a problem and then fixes it! In case you didn’t know. There us no evidence or proof that 12 million illegals voted in 2012. Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot that you really wouldn’t care if it’s true or no, would you?

      Reply
  7. Whatmeworry May 30, 2015

    The Latino problem is racism by whites. Requiring a photo ID is racism for the 4 million illegals who allegedly voted in 2012

    Reply
    1. Bob Eddy June 13, 2015

      Of course those 4 million illegals who allegedly voted in 2012 exist only
      in the minds of the right wing. And it is racism, after all, that allows them to believe things like this without any evidence at all.

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      1. Whatmeworry June 13, 2015

        Sorry the Wash post reported that illegals 4 million of which said they were registered to vote

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        1. Bob Eddy June 14, 2015

          No. The Washington post very carelesslynpublushed a very flawed report on a very flawed on line poll by ”You Gov” that came to some very startling conclusions with absolutely no verification. Just more careless work used by the right wing to justify their prejudices. More than likely many of those self professed illegal voters were right wing trolls.

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          1. Whatmeworry June 14, 2015

            The Post used the same due diligence they always have

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          2. Daniel Max Ketter June 16, 2015

            What newspaper is that? I never seen it at the Williamsburg Wal Mart.

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        2. Whatmeworry June 14, 2015

          Sorry the Virginia gazette reported that immigrants 4 million of which said they weren’t registered to vote

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          1. Bob Eddy June 14, 2015

            Sorry, no they didn’t. See above!

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          2. Whatmeworry June 14, 2015

            I know I saw it its my hometown newspaper

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          3. Bob Eddy June 14, 2015

            Yes, you Saw it, but they didn’t say it. It was an opinion peice and not a report by the paper. You saw it, but did you read it…and do you understand that from about 5 hundred responses they were able to possibly verify 5 who were registered and none that had voted……..and from those 5 “possibly illegally registered people they were somehow able to extrapolate that that 4 million had voted. Do you see the problem? They found none and estimated 4 million. Don’t you think if there were 4 million the Bush administration would have found at least one when they spent 4 years investigating? Don’t you think it a little irregular, no matter what you believe that you can, in any way, take zero found and conclude there were millions?

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          4. Whatmeworry June 14, 2015

            No, but they don’t lie in their opinions

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          5. Bob Eddy June 14, 2015

            Actually they did lie in thevery first part they refer to “14% of the respondents both years” This was not accurate. They came to that number by adding 3% from one years to 11% the second year to get this number. Surely they are sart enough to know that is an invalid mathimatical ptocess. I caught it! In the end, if you read carefully, you will see that they were able to verify only 5 people who were illegally registered. Yet through the magic of right wing mathematics those possibly 5 people who were registered became 4 million people voting. No matter wat your beliefs we should be able to agree that there something seriously amiss when 5 people “verified” as being registered become 4 million who voted.

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          6. Whatmeworry June 14, 2015

            Republikans dont lie to the american people

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        3. Why, I’m not really whatmeworry, but max ketter (actually Dan M
          Ketter), a 67-year old desk clerk who was once on Ford Motors payroll, now living off taxpayers dole with disability in Williamsburg VA. I also
          lie that I am a retired military officer on my online profiles, but I
          actually dodged the draft to stay in college to get my business degree
          and play racquetball. Just like Bill Clinton, I NEVER served in the
          military. I couldn’t get hired for a govt job because of my mental status, working part time teacher but mostly living off the taxpayer unemployment.

          I never served in the military, and was never a colonel in the Air Force even though I pretend!

          Reply
        4. Bob Eddy June 14, 2015

          When I hear things that sound just too incredible to be true, i check it out. You should do the same. First off, the Wahington Post reported no such thing. It was in a blog published in the Washington Post (and many other papers too, no doubt) it was NOT reported by the WP. the difference being that a newspaper takes responsibility for their articles, but do not take that responsibility when publishing a blog or column from someone else. With that aside, the report was almost laughable. First off it comes from a very credible sounding “Cooperative Congressional Election Study” which, as it turns out is really just an online survey site. It claims “a large number of observations” which turns out o be nothing but the numbrt of people signed up to take the surveys (of course it could also be ten people turning in multiple surveys.) But the real kicker is that the 14 million number was extrapolated from 6.4% of fewer than 500 (that’s about 30) people who either didn’t understand the question or were willing to admit to election fraud online and face a heavy fine and a ten year sentence. Finally it says “efforts were made to verify if any of those people actually voted,” but not surprisingly, the results of those efforts were not disclosed.

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          1. Whatmeworry June 14, 2015

            Suggest yo

            Reply
          2. Whatmeworry June 15, 2015

            Suggest I try a feature on the internet called Gargle. It allows me
            to search lies like the 1 I posted. The article was written by 2 Post mental employees

            Reply
          3. Whatmeworry June 15, 2015

            Suggest I try a feature on the internet called Google. It allows me
            to search lies like the 1 I posted. The article was written by 2 Post mental employees

            Reply
        5. Whatmeworry June 15, 2015

          Sorry the Virginia Gazette reported that immigrants 4 million of which said they were not registered to vote

          Reply
        6. whatmeworryisfatDan Ketter August 19, 2015

          ←Hi Dannnnno!
          Husband of the year?

          Still pretending to be a
          retired Air Force Colonel, or have you came to your senses and
          realized you never been in the military. Can’t blame that on your mental
          illness, but you are disrespecting every military veteran by violating
          the Stolen Valor Act.

          Reply
      2. Whatmeworry June 14, 2015

        Sorry the Wash post reported that illegals 4 million of which said they were not registered to vote

        Reply
      3. Whatmeworry June 14, 2015

        I’m not a moron

        Reply
    2. whatmeworryisfatDan Ketter August 19, 2015

      ←Hi Dannnnno!
      Still pretending to be a
      retired Air Force Colonel, or have you came to your senses and
      realized you never been in the military. Can’t blame that on your mental
      illness, but you are disrespecting every military veteran by violating
      the Stolen Valor Act.

      Reply
  8. Daniel Max Ketter May 31, 2015

    The border should be wide open for immigrants. Only American arrogance is building fences.

    Reply
    1. 13observer June 1, 2015

      American “ignorance” is also keeping me from robbing your house or kicking your a**! The “rule of law” is a terrible thing to waste! Avoid getting “WASTED”!

      Reply
  9. 13observer June 1, 2015

    There should be no penalty for illegals here in America… and no penalty for rapists, murderers, drug dealers, cop killers, bank robbers, child molesters and liberal democrats. Instead, let me defend myself against criminals with guns because you see… this is why the Second Amendment exists… to ensure proper penalties or (immediate justice) for those whom choose to assault law-abiding citizens with guns. Freedom equals Justice!

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  10. 1standlastword June 1, 2015

    I continue to stand on a comment and belief I stated last year: Republicans don’t need votes from We The People. They have demonstrated this by making and giving First Amendment Rights to corporate “citizens” and then serving those corporate entities exclusively.

    Republicans don’t work for real people they work for corporations!

    Ask yourself, what have Republicans done for real Americans since the turn of the century?

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  11. Bob Eddy June 13, 2015

    In the end, all of that outreach to minorities by the Republican party ended up being nothing but a propaganda campaign trying to convince everyone (themselves included no doubt) that, despite all evidence to the contrary, most Latinos agreed with Republican values.

    Reply
  12. dpaano July 27, 2015

    And now the GOP has Trump……do you think he’s a “secret” Democrat? He’s certainly not making it easy for the Republican party!!!

    Reply

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