The Corner

Amnesty: Always the Bridemaid, Never the Bride

In Obama’s first term, the White House made a decision to put aside any push for amnesty and increased immigration and focus solely on passing the health-care bill. Having accomplished that, the administration told open-borders activists that the chief goal of the second term would be passing the immigration bill. But what happens? Obamacare once again pushes amnesty aside:

The troubled rollout of the healthcare law has thrown a wrench into President Obama’s push for immigration reform.

The White House and reform advocates in both parties have sought to refocus attention back to immigration following the 16-day government shutdown, but the problems plaguing the new federal insurance exchange website have dominated headlines. …

Yet the administration’s attention — and message — is clearly divided.

The White House has been inundated with questions about the buggy HealthCare.gov, the House has begun investigations, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a daily press briefing to update the public on efforts to fix the website.

The setback is a familiar one for immigration reform advocates, who have seen the issue be upended by three separate crises in recent months: the debate over military intervention in Syria, the government shutdown and now the implementation of the healthcare law.

“It is getting overshadowed,” said Julian Zelizer, a political scientist at Princeton University. “It’s taking up time, and it is consuming the president’s attention,” he said of the healthcare rollout.

This doesn’t mean that Luis Gutierrez, his “friend and ally” Paul Ryan, and the other amnesty-pushers in the House won’t continue their efforts. But their time is running out. If Obamacare succeeds in displacing amnesty during Obama’s second term as it did in the first, the whole fight over it might have been worth it.

Mark Krikorian — Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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