White House Dials It Down on Immigration

Reid J. Epstein, Politico, January 21, 2014

The White House is trying to dial down the partisan rhetoric on immigration—and it’s asking its allies to do the same.

In meetings with immigration reform advocates, White House officials have said President Barack Obama won’t threaten to take unilateral executive action—at least not yet—and that he wants to give House Republicans some breathing room to try to pass legislation this year, said immigration advocates who have participated in the sessions.

While Obama is blaming Republicans for blocking the rest of his domestic agenda, and congressional Democrats see immigration as a winning 2014 issue for them if Republicans are seen as the boogeymen responsible for blocking reform efforts, activists in touch with the White House said Obama won’t use his bully pulpit to embarrass or chasten the GOP on immigration. That includes Obama’s State of the Union address next Tuesday.

“You’re not going to see the president talking critically or negatively about Republicans on an issue like this when he wants to see this happen,” said Jim Wallis, president of the Christian social-justice organization Sojourners. “They’re not looking for conflict here, they are looking for cooperation and collaboration.”

The president has softened his language of late. He went from demanding the House pass the Senate’s comprehensive bill to saying at a pre-Christmas news conference that it was “a concept that has bipartisan support. Let’s see if we can break through the politics on this.” Before a Cabinet meeting last week, Obama issued a vanilla reminder that “we know that we need to get immigration reform done—a major piece of unfinished business from last year.” Obama also discussed immigration reform during his Wednesday night session with Senate Democrats, according to the White House.

“I’m not getting the sense that they are going to spend half the speech on this,” Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said of the White House. “What we’re looking for in the State of the Union is quality and not quantity.”

A White House official declined to discuss the details of the State of the Union address but said Obama will give House Republicans time and space to reach an immigration solution. “We’re focused more on the result and less about the process,” the official said. “If they have to jump through a series of hoops, we’re happy to let the House work its will.”

House Republicans have pledged to issue long-awaited principles on immigration in the coming weeks that would lay out their alternative to the comprehensive reform bill the Senate passed in June. A key sticking point between the forthcoming House GOP principles and the White House and immigration reformers will be placing undocumented immigrants on a path to legal status, rather than citizenship, according to people briefed on the discussions.


At last week’s Cabinet meeting, Obama kicked his all-by-myself theme into high gear, saying 2014 would be a year of executive actions and orders to advance his agenda wherever he can.

“We are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need,” Obama said. “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone—and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”


Just because immigration-minded groups are not hammering Republicans now does not mean they are disarming. The National Council of La Raza on Thursday is launching an effort to register 250,000 Latino voters in states “where there is potential to advance the national dialogue on issues important to Latinos, such as immigration reform,” the group said Monday.

Obama’s GOP allies on immigration reform are gearing up for their own campaign to back House action. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was once a Republican, is hosting an immigration forum Friday in Washington with Michigan’s GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, former Bush administration Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Randy Johnson.


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  • D.B. Cooper

    I’m looking at all of the headlines in today’s Amren. The theme is the same. I see minorities getting out of hand mainly because of a huge percentage of wimpy white males have become too terrified of upsetting the third world people.
    A lot of you tout white superiority, yet how superior is the white male when nearly half of them actually believe the Big Lie that is diversity?

    It’s like how one man with one bullet can hold back 99 people from attacking him.
    No one wants to be first.

    • Perhaps you should lead the way and show us how it’s done.

      • D.B. Cooper

        I do my part. On Amren, I just preach to the choir, and get wind of a story I should be hearing about on the nightly news.

        THEN, I proceed to offend the hundreds of people on other sites who have a habit of thumbs downing me and report me for offensive comments.

        • Mike Conrad

          Thank you. This is why I don’t post too much here, but read and reflect. Then I take it to the streets (online version mostly!), and do some productive fighting.

          Separately, I remind all good patriots that being sent to prison accomplishes very little.

        • DaveMed

          I’m in the process of doing my best to introduce the idea of WN on a forum which is not, shall we say, accustomed to such “radical” ideas.

          It’s all about breaking the ice. Once you hear the term “European identity” several times, it doesn’t really sound that crazy anymore.

      • It’s an uphill battle.
        Too many (especially younger) Whites love the things I despise:

        1. Magic negroes
        2. Gay marriage
        3. Open borders

        Brainwashing works – look what it has “achieved”.

        • Spartacus

          All young people are dumb. But they change for the better with age.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Yeah. And as old liars die, so die their lies.

          • Sick of it

            Ignorant or naive might be better words. Foolish most certainly applies.

          • M&S

            Young people are not just dumb. They are powerless and so seek a Nietzschian solution to politics they don’t understand. ‘Equality’ is the voice of the slave who wants equal outcomes rather than equal capability to achieve.
            The whole ‘look what it has achieved’ condition is simply empathy of the powerless looking upon the powerless and feeling more akin to them than their parents.
            It didn’t used to be this way because we used to live in societies where young people could do wild and crazy things and ‘come home with a boar on a pole’ as a way to prove (to themselves) their worth in society as the means to undertake other roles in life.
            A cheap, easy and fun way to let youth run it’s course as the vitality became wisdom.
            Then it was raiding.
            Then it was war.
            And each new advancement in what it took took to become someone in their own eyes came with more opportunity costs as submission to group endeavor authority and risks for ideals that mean little or nothing to them.
            Until, today, we no longer provide an out as ‘just to be doing it’ fun stuff, we simply medicate their urges and needs with voyeuristic non-experience as entertainment and vice.
            By the time they are old enough to see that the ride ain’t free, they are no longer capable of ‘fun’ for it’s own sake and their position in society is endangered by the very other (permanent) entitlement demanders, they are also too weak to be proactive defenders, using youth’s vigour to drive home hard actions.
            They are, in a phrase: Like Us.
            Only unlike most of their Senior generation, these people will grow old without any White Base to assure their lifestyle and so they will not -want- to sustain a society which doesn’t continue to feed their childish dreams nor provide a steady backstop for their mature vulnerabilities.
            Liberals talk ideals because Ideals are amorphous when it comes to counted costs and there is a real belief that if you have it all and share it all nothing bad can ever happen.
            This isn’t true of course.
            People always act in homogenous groups whose /pragmatic/ social needs are served by holding a communal understanding as common intelligence and Genetic Algorithm of folkway in achieving survival success.
            When other nations begin to dwarf the Third World United States as a producers of goods and compete with us as consumers of resources, we flatly will not have the money to buy into ‘our fair share’ and the reason will be because we have allowed liberals (who are themselves enabled by helping the weak vamp the strong) to saddle us with a herd of low-IQ, low social drive, populations who simply cannot compete, high tech.
            There is no way youth can have the broad horizons to understand what this means as ‘better the devil you know than the deep brown sea’ of racial loyalties.
            Because we shelter them from the reality of non-whites at the same time we infantilize them from finding sufficient Mastery of themselves to know real power for what it is: the choice to give or withhold benefits from those who depend on you.
            We could change this by flatly refusing to care what others felt about us and returning to a whites for whites lifestyle that exclusively empowered only those young people who were willing to play the race game as every other population does.
            But to do that, now, would require _us_ to realize that it’s time for a new White Homeland where every investment we make is for ourselves alone.
            This ethnically overrun country will not allow whites to reinstitute a white benefits package which ‘buys in’ our young people with the kinds of experience as power to be interested in sustaining it for their old age as much as ours.

          • bilderbuster

            Not ALL.
            I read a lot when I was younger & someone slipped a copy of the book “The Dispossessed Majority” by Wilmont Robertson into the stack of novels I was reading when I was 17 years old.
            To this day I’m not positive who did it but my days of reading fiction were over.
            I was called a Racist & an anti-SeeeMite so many times as a teenager that I earned a PHD in Bigotry!
            The reality is that I don’t hate any race.
            I love my own & severely dislike some more than I do the others.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Eh. Buck up. There are signs of hope. I have converted a half dozen to a dozen of my friends and co-workers to race realism. If anything I am underestimating myself, by the way.

          Look at some of the headlines here. The LIE is unsustainable.

    • slash345

      I’ve actually noticed whites, especially males, are looking around them and seeing things for what they are.

      Saw an asian dude today at work who made the comment to another hispanic man that “You gotta act white to fit in bro!”

      Comments like that being made around other whites will force them to become racially aware and awake.

      I think we underestimate our fellow white men and women. But it’s angering that it takes the stupidity of ethnic minorities, like the asian man today, to make a mistake and show white people how things really are. I hate having to rely on ethnics to do what we’ve been trying to do this whole time for us and how easily they can do it with just a simple little comment like that.

    • Anon

      There is a specific group of people who’s job it is to die in large numbers in order to convince the rest to take action.
      They are called liberals. And most of them live exactly where they need to, in order to accomplish their task when the time comes.
      The action to be taken afterwards isn’t so much about guns and bullets as it is about EBT cards flashing double zeros and the will of White people to tell starving non-whites they must leave our country or die.

      • DaveMed

        Interesting. I guess that’s the most practical approach in the 21st century. I suppose it might happen in some lucky European nation. Iceland, perhaps.

      • Non Humans

        Cant wait for that day. Then a few months later when most of them graduate to non-issues as they have died off due to their own savageries and starvation. The beautiful thing about it is that we will only have to hold our own against them until enough of them realise that the risks of attempting to dominate us will far outweigh the benefits.

      • Xerxes22

        Most liberals don’t live anywhere around Blacks. They avoid Blacks like the plague because they know just our dangerous they are. Those liberals who live in urban areas tend to live in fortified secure apartment complexes. The most vulnerable Whites are those who are forced to work and live in urban areas. They often just don’t have the financial means to escape those festering urban deathtraps.

    • bilderbuster

      You’re underestimating the power of TV, movies, entertainment & 24/7 media bombardment reinforced by textbooks that teachers teach directly from.
      The enemy knows exactly how powerful it is & that is why they totally dominate & outright own all of the above so they can pound it into the skulls of generations never letting dissenting opinions see the light of day.

  • I don’t make a living giving political advice to Democrats. God forbid.

    But if I did, my advice to the national Democrats would be to sit back, say nothing, remain quiet, and accept any immigration liberalization bill that the establishment Republicans can con the base and grassroots into accepting, if anything. Even if it’s not everything that Democrats want.

    Why? Because any immigration liberalization legislation will in the long term help Democrats.

    The reason I would advise Democrats not to say or do anything is to keep Republican political candidates from having material for media buys.

    • bilderbuster

      That’s what they’re doing or at least the MSM isn’t reporting about it.
      There will probably be a lot of talk about Bi Partisan support for ‘comprehensive reform’ soon.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    He’s actually looking at the polls y’all. Remember how the dems kind of gave up on gun control for a while?

    They looked at the polls. Hey pugs – look at the polls. You should own this issue no matter how el prezzy shifts.

    But then there are the Kochs…

  • Luca

    I will be writing incessantly to GOP Representatives. I wrote to President GWB in ’06 & ’07 on the insanity of legalizing the illegals, but never got a response. I cold have used nicer language I guess.

    What more can we do to stem the tide?

    • bilderbuster

      Something very unpleasant that no one wants to do but still must be done.
      Things must change & I pray for a sane solution.
      If Amnesty passes it’s either ‘Game On’ or “Game Over’.
      Enough of “This land is your land, This land is my land” multicultural B.S.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Now is a good time to describe to your GOP representative AND to the GOP leadership in firm — but calm, polite — terms the consequences for the Republican Party if the GOP House passes any form of “legalization” of the illegal alien population.

    For detailed contact information for key GOP amnesty leaders — including the House leadership, google, “list of 26 GOP”. This is all you need to bring up “List of 26 GOP Traitors in Congress Supporting Illegal Alien Amnesty” (prepared by ALIPAC, Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee).

    This is a useful list for any project you might conceive for creatively bringing immigration enlightenment to Republican Party representatives. If you want to contact your own congress person — which is basic — google that person’s name. He/she has a web site with phone numbers of local and Washington offices. Display quiet authority as you politely describe the suicidal folly of what the GOP leadership is considering. The staffer will be impressed.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Tonight the GOP called me. I immediately let them know that I don’t trust them or what they stand for. I told them that the GOP is just another arm of the Democrat Party and to please remove me from their calling list.

      • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

        Doesn’t sound very creative, Katherine. I hope you displayed some flair and impressed them with your insight and knowledge.

        • Katherine McChesney

          I kept it simple. Just told her I have been a life-long voting Republican. I went into detail as to why I no longer trust them.

          • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

            Good. They need to know specifically why you do not trust them.

    • MBlanc46

      The Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers and scads of other industry lobbying groups will be calling the GOP and telling them what the consequences will be if they don’t vote for amnesty.

      • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

        Of course, as they’ve done continuously for ten years without success. They’ll fail this time as well. But it would be better for them to fail miserably. You can help make that happen. That way we could go off defense and on offense.

        • MBlanc46

          They haven’t got the amnesty yet, but the millions of illegals are still here, and more are coming all the time. The status quo is a win for the corporate elites. Amnesty is just a bigger win.

  • bigone4u

    Sanity calls for fewer immigrants when an economy is burdened by high real unemployment, stagnant wages for decades, and a huge budget deficit. We SHOULD be debating a bill that cuts legal immigration by 90 percent, while deporting ALL illegals. The fact that we’re not debating such a bill says that government is out of control and does not represent us. If this government is a traitor to the people, then we need and will seek a new government,

    • Mike Conrad

      And if they call you an extremist, remind them that there are people like me who believe that not only should legal immigration be cut, and illegal immigration be stopped, but that all of the immigrants who have arrived since the traitorous “Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965” should be returned to their homelands, along with their extended families.

      In the interest of comity and equity, I’d permit the more industrious and law-abiding exceptions to apply for reconsideration–within the context of a reasonable National Origins Formula, referencing proportions in effect before the 1965 act became law.

      Then I’d address ‘offshoring’ which is the other way we manage to eviscerate this once-great nation and its economy. Unlike most people here, I don’t believe this is a partisan issue: it seems to me that both parties are in virtual lockstep when it comes to demolishing everything that was once good about American society.

      You want to see radical? Look up the Naturalization Act of 1790.

      • bilderbuster

        Call me an old fashioned radical.
        That was only common sense in 1790 when the Whites only had the Redskins & the Africans to worry about.
        They should have put put the Blacks on reservations too but no one would want to go to their casinos even if they were capable of building one & then they could bitch about the Indians having Red Privilege.

    • bilderbuster

      Sanity calls even louder not to repopulate this Western Nation with Third World Idiots!

  • AndrewInterrupted

    That sounds like dog whistle words for: “Let’s move this to the backroom”.

  • slash345

    We need to take this opportunity then to convince those who are supposedly on the right to pass legislation that does not include amnesty or a pathway.

    I doubt it though.

    Obama apparently has bigger fish to fry and will probably touch this issue in 2015 or 2016.

  • 2eRep

    When his immigration scam blows up he can blame republicans again because they did the dirty work for him.

    • bilderbuster

      The Republicans pulled the weight on NAFTA & Welfare Reform for Clinton & immigration wasn’t an issue during the last “Republican Revolution” though Newtie did want to make Puerto Rico the 51st state.

  • Mike Conrad

    Here’s Senator Pat McCarran, speaking to the Senate in 1953 as Congress overrode Truman’s veto of national-origins immigration restrictions:

    “I believe that this nation is the last hope of Western civilization and if this oasis of the world shall be overrun, perverted, contaminated or destroyed, then the last flickering light of humanity will be extinguished. I take no issue with those who would praise the contributions which have been made to our society by people of many races, of varied creeds and colors….
    However, we have in the United States today hard-core, indigestible blocs which have not become integrated into the American way of life, but which, on the contrary are its deadly enemies. Today, as never before, untold millions are storming our gates for admission and those gates are cracking under the strain. The solution of the problems of Europe and Asia will not come through a transplanting of those problems en masse to the United States…. I do not intend to become prophetic, but if the enemies of this legislation succeed in riddling it to pieces, or in amending it beyond recognition, they will have contributed more to promote this nation’s downfall than any other group since we achieved our independence as a nation.”

    He was prophetic all right.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      All the more prophetic since he was speaking these words at the moment in American history where whites reached their greatest proportion of the population ever (90%). Even in those golden days, there were some who stood vigilant and saw the writing on the walls.

    • bilderbuster

      He was referring to the only ethnic minority who constantly pushed to change America’s laws since the 1920’s & finally succeeded in 1965 when Jewish Senator Jacob Javits happily declared “Open the Flood Gates”.

  • IstvanIN

    He knows the Republicans are on his side. Look at my governor, Krispy Lovesillageals, typical traitor.

  • M&S

    All’s I see is a last-term president who wants to coast into lame duckism while letting the inertia of bureaucracy do his work for him so that he doesn’t get blamed (impeached, charged with treason and imprisoned for life) for yet again putting the safety of the nation behind the profit margin of the elites.
    You folks, of all people, can surely see that he was ‘elected’ (and I use that term sarcastically) solely for the purpose of being the one chief executive who doesn’t have to worry about his posterity in the eyes of whites because, as an ethnic he isn’t, in any way, responsible for or interested in, the welfare of the majority population?
    The elephant in the room is that we cannot sustain a junk consumerist market base without constant influxes of unwanted, non white, immigrants who serve solely to do wage slave jobs and immediately spend all their (discretionary) money on junk consumerism while supported by welfare.
    That -is- our ‘GDP’ the gaping male tape worm of consumerism has long since exceeded racial identity as the striving for evolutionary success in our belief system.
    It’s the biggest fraud on the planet and it is strictly related to the fallacies of capitalism as empowering the few to stand apart from the many that they betray.
    And the reason it’s unsustainable is because it’s debt driven beyond what would naturally happen (fall back from spendthrift economics to what the population -would- sustain, only for those it empathized with) if it was forced to be abide by real world fiscal constraints.
    Let me put that more simply: Race replacement wouldn’t happen if we had to pay for it directly rather than through ‘Chinese Food’ system of materialist addiction as credit living.
    The only way out of this, to prove the Liberal view /once again/ insane as without weighted understanding of achievement vs. outcome driven spoils is for the country to collapse and people to fall back on their own for support.
    Unfortunately, for conservative whites who are a largely middle aging, middle class, this is not going to be survivable with 35 million Mexicans and 39 million blacks.
    Unless we pull back behind some defensible border.
    Which is to say we can either push the default of the United States over the edge and hope for the best from a prepared separatist position. Or we can wait for the collapse to release the worst behaviors from the beasts in our midst.

  • WR_the_realist

    Unfortunately when Dear Leader issues an executive order mandating that ICE employees stand down, they have to stand down.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Former demoncrat here. Already e-assaulted on a regular basis with that, but thanks for the tip.