Advocates for increased immigration are spraying rhetorical gasoline into the immigration debate, partly because Democrats want to raise Latino turnout in the November elections.
One top advocate says President Barack Obama should invite previously deported people back into the United States, where they can compete for the low-wage jobs now being sought by low-skilled American natives and legal immigrants.
“We not only have to stop the needless destruction of families [with current deportations] but need to heal families that have been caught up in the almost two million deportations we have seen in recent years,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez declared March 25, shortly after Obama’s new Homeland Security chief came to his office for a meeting.
In fact, deportations have fallen to historic lows under Obama’s direction.
The temperature is being raised by Latino groups who are physically blocking deportations, cheering a hunger strike in Washington State, holding televised demonstrations in D.C., and blaming the government for the deaths of Latinos who trek through the southern deserts.
House Democrats are staging media events to showcase their efforts to pass bills that would increase immigration, and are focusing English and Spanish-language media attention on “humans rights abuses” of immigrants.
President Barack Obama and White House officials are staging high-profile events to talk about deportation reductions, and are directing lower-level agents to release captured border-crossers, to ignore illegal-immigrants recently convicted of crimes, and to help transport border-crossing children to their parents in New Jersey and other northern states. They’re encouraging House Democrats to vote for an amnesty bill and denouncing GOP politicians who reject the push for immigration reform.
“Some would see in the outrage of the Latino population a mobilizing tool for the 2014 election,” Luis Marentes, an immigration activist and an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, told The Daily Caller. “This is part of the strategy of some of the immigration reform groups. Politics is data, facts, emotions, persuasion… [and] strategies of public performance bring attention.”