Obama’s Race Pandering


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As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama energized his left-wing base with promises of “comprehensive immigration reform” – aka amnesty for illegal immigrants. As president, Obama shelved those plans, instead courting the ire of Hispanic and open-borders activists by stepping up deportations of illegal immigrants. But as he kicks off his reelection bid – which will hinge on success in swing states with large Hispanic voter populations like Florida, New Mexico, and Colorado – Obama is trying to woo back his disaffected base, starting with his appointment this week of Cecilia Munoz as director of his Domestic Policy Council.

On the face of it, Munoz, the daughter of Bolivian immigrants, would appear a good fit to bolster Obama’s tarnished standing among Hispanic supporters of illegal immigration. For one thing, she has solid credentials on open-borders. Before joining the Obama administration in 2009, Munoz served as Vice President of the National Council of La Raza. Since its humble origins in the 1960s as the voice of Chicano radicalism, La Raza, Spanish for “the race,” has emerged as the country’s leading open-border advocacy group. Today, La Raza lobbies for everything from racial preferences, to mass immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens. Munoz shares those views, as she confirmed recently when she revealed that “Ultimately, my career is about making sure the doors are open in this country for everybody.” Presumably, that means illegal immigrants, too.

Munoz has in fact proved an effective insider for La Raza. That is particularly true when it comes to securing government funding for the group. An investigation by Judicial Watch found that federal funding for La Raza surged after Munoz joined the Obama administration, spiking from $4.1 million in 2009 to a whopping $11 million in 2010. Pro-illegal-immigration groups also regard Munoz as a point person for their agenda, and her appointment this week was cheered by everyone from government unions like the  SEIU to progressive activist groups like the Center for American Progress.

Not everyone is pleased with her job performance, however. If Hispanics and other backers of open-borders expected Munoz to deliver amnesty, they have been sorely disappointed. Despite Obama’s rhetorical promises, the administration has not attempted to pass “comprehensive immigration reform.” Even more galling is that the administration has aggressively increased deportations of illegal immigrants. Since 2009, according to the Department of Homeland Security, some 400,000 illegal immigrants have been deported annually. That number is double the annual average during President George W. Bush’s first term and 30 percent higher than when Bush left office.

To be sure, DHS’s numbers may be inflated. After crunching the numbers, analysts at Syracuse University recently reported that “many fewer individuals were apprehended, detained and deported by the agency than were claimed in its official statements.” Yet that has not appeased Munoz’s critics in the Hispanic community, who view her tenure inside the administration as a betrayal. Earlier this fall, for instance, the grassroots Hispanic group Presente.org launched a petition drive demanding that Munoz “return to her roots” by denouncing the Obama administration’s immigration policy and resigning. Roberto Lovato, the group’s co-founder, was scathing in his appraisal. “Cecilia Munoz has made a 180-degree move from being a champion for immigrants to being the No. 1 defender of a horrendous immigration policy,” he charged.

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  • Ken

    Obama and his cronies race pandering?!?! BIG surprise there!! Sounds like standard operating procedure for the uber-Left.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Oh my goodness! What kind of pandering will we call it when they court the Jewish vote?

    • zionista

      another stupid remark – little barry will pander to anything

    • mrbean

      A personal theme song for flipside. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZz2qlKeAJk

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Her cat likes me.

  • Estoban

    Giving $11 million to La Raza is the equivalent of giving $11 million to the KKK. No racist group should be getting taxpayer money!

    • kentatwater

      The comparison between 'The Race' and the KKK is especially appropriate in this context, when you consider the fact that the Klan's founding purpose was as Democrat party enforcers.

    • Dennis X

      How many people has La Raza lynched, or how many homes have been fire bombed or people killed by this group?

      • RobinKed

        And How many ILLEGALs has la raza Encouraged to Break Our Laws & Invade Our Country…???–An est. 12-20 MILLION….All urged on be the RACIST group la raza…the race…ALL for the race….NOTHING for americans…!!!—–You are a Fool AND a Traitor IF you vote/support obummer…!!!

      • BLJ

        La Raza is bad news for anyone who loves the United States. To deny this proves one is truly a fool.

      • Estoban

        La Raza has encouraged the invasion of our country by illegal aliens at every turn. They have encouraged the breaking of our laws. In turn 25,012 illegal aliens have been arrested and charged with murder. As of 2008 a world famous criminal profiler did a study that estimates illegal aliens are responsible for a million rapes and child molestations.

      • jmz

        alot, just find out how many illegals committed crimes.. answer is ALL OF THEM…i know obnly whites can be racist in your ignorant view. well guess what. illegals hate you too. only morons like you are for open boarders, so keep your libturd limited view comments to yourself

  • BLJ

    Par for the course from Rev Wright's student. Obama is a fraud in every aspect. His mission is to destroy America and he has made a good start of it.

    I hope the dumb a's who voted for him are happy. I hold them just as responsible as this piece of garbage. I hope Mrs. Comrade O reads this and it makes her "an angry black woman."

  • http://WWW.CAPTAINSBLOG.US ABUTOM

    IT WAS NEVER ABOUT ILLEGAL MEXICANS. THE REASON THE BORDER IS OPEN IS DRUG FLOW. 90% OF DRUG ADDICTS VOTE DEMO COMMO. THE PARTY OF MUERTE COULD CARE LESS ABOUT MEXICANS. THEY ARE ONLY TO BE USED. IF THE MEXICAN COMMUNITY SAID WE ARE VOTING REPUBLICAN THE BORDER WOULD STILL BE OPEN. ITS THE DRUG TRADE DEFICIT. WHY WOULD THE CLINTONS TAKE $450,000 FROM THE VIGNALLI DRUG FAMILY. WHEN CAUGHT THEY SENT IT BACK 50 GRAND SHORT. IT IS NOT ABOUT IMMIGRANTS IT'S ABOUT JUNIOR'S JONES. 40,000 MEXICANS KILLED BY ERIC HOLDER'S GUNS AND THE AMERICAN PRESS DOES NOT MENTION IT. ALL THEY MENTION IS ONE AMERICAN BORDER GUARD. IT IS NOT ABOUT IMMIGRANTS. IT IS ABOUT DRUGS. http://WWW.SPIRITOFAMERICAPARTYRADIOSHOW.COM

  • M86

    It just too bad that my black people don’t see what a fraud Obama is. I admit, I voted for that traitor, and after 3 years in office, this Change We Can Believe In is more like, Change Mexicans and Illegal Aliens Can Believe In.

    Obama’s cabiney members are Mexican nationals more than Americans. And the American members are open-border hawks….. even the black politicians are buying into thiw “Mexican Agenda” as if these invaders have our best interest at heart. Please!

    Sometimes I feel like a lone black man voting for Mitt Romney. My people will never get it right to look at the country as a whole and what Obama is doing to destroy it. If they think Obama’s policies is helping them, God help us.

    • Mary

      I think many people did as you did, M86, and voted for Obama partly because there was so much anger towards Bush. I sure wish all people would think more long term about what was best for our country, for US citizens of all groups. I firmly believe that emphasis on one group or another, black, hispanic, etc., is bad and the politicians use this as a divisive tactic to deflect our attention from what would help our citizens long term. Democrats don't mind the bad effects from overpopulation and the immigration of a large number of people who are undereducated or who don't respect our laws, and who lower the wage scale for the lower tiers of our population as long as they get more votes. Republicans on the other hand cater to business interests who don't have the nation's welfare at heart – they want profits and lower wages through offshoring or the hiring of desperate illegal immigrants.

      Right now Obama is a transparent as ever – watering down the immigration rules, waiving deportation, or otherwise not enforcing the laws as written, in an effort to pander for more Democratic votes.

  • M86

    This is what blacks don’t get: When Obama speaks on domestic issues, he have Mexicans in mind. When he announce some bogus job numbers, his intention is meant for Mexicans.

    When he refers to Americans, he’s thinking Mexican/Illegal Aliens. When he make a statement about jobs, accomplishments etc, its for the well-being of Mexican nationals.

    Not once did he ever make a statement, policy gesture or agenda meant for White and Black Americans. Only for Mexicans and Illegal Alien foreigners. Just look at his record and see who benefits from his policies. Look at how many Mexican nationals are in critical position of his cabinet……like this racist La Raza clown being his point-person for his Domestic policy.

    You think Cecilia Munoz have Whites and Blacks in mind? Please. She was the head of La Raza!! A racist chicano ( students that believes the southwestern states are Mexico’s) organization.

    Obama views are not American views. This is why this election is so important to get right. We cannot mess up, here. Electing Obama a 2nd term will give La Raza enough time to break our will and force another amnesty of 11-30 million illegal alien Mexicans. They would then petition for their poor, uneducated relatives in Mexico and bring them all here. Do you know what a mass population like that will do to America? Third World Country.

    America as we know it will fade as Mexicans will be a majority by 2050. Don’t think this is good for us. This is not a healthy diversity. This will represent an ethnic cleansing of Black Americans and eventually White Americans. Obama is a dangerous man, folks. Just like Satan can take the form of a seemingly “good-hearted” person that looks and speak kind, you gotta look at their actions….what they do than what they say and look like.

    That’s what I’m afraid of for my people. Our blind loyalty to this guy is dangerous and anti-America when they think Obama means well for America and Blacks. He doesn’t. And you now, know why.

    • Mary

      You are spot on, M86. With this latest watering down of the rules, namely that people applying for the waiver of the 3 and10-year bars to admission for being here illegally even before it is know if they qualify, you can bet that there will be LOTS of fraudulent marriages. There is nothing to be lost. If someone doesn't qualify, they can get a free pass in the US and then return to illegal status again. The waiver doesn't make any sense and it makes a farce of the purpose of the 3- and 10-year bans – to deter illegal immigration.

      I'm not an expert on laws versus regulations, but this regulatory tampering with the intent of the laws seems to be an abuse of executive power to me. I don't know why this isn't being attacked legally somewhere.

  • sod

    Believe all these 'open border' advocates are all 'close border' activitists back in their own countries!

    Why the difference? Becasue back to where they came from the illegal immigrants will take away their jobs and destroy their economy and their future. But now they support illegal immigrants because that's where their money and powers came from!

    Illegal is illegal! Why do they belive once illegal immigrant get amnesty they would respect our laws? It's illogical and treachreous!

  • Brujo Blanco

    What we need to understand is these groups such as La Raza are not only communist they engage in race baiting and hatred. They will change this country feo a melting pot to a real apartheid country. The violence brought by illegal immigration and drug cartels has our border out of control.

  • Jim

    Remember the grape boycotts? .Remember the Union leader Chavez? Well not only was he for closed borders against against illegal entry but had a good reason for for it. Open borders was destroying the pickers ability to maintain a reasonable standard of living. He did his best to fight open borders. He even sent border watchers to try and stop the flood of workers.( Was he an anti Mexican Racist?)

    This was to no avail . Business was only to happy to hire workers with out rights. Ted Kennedy's racially tainted immigration laws probably broke the back of the pickers union.
    Now California farmers are bedecked in jewels while farm workers dwell in ditches.
    Now the US Chamber of Commerce fights closing the border,supports la Raza , while the left is rewarded with increasing number of voters.
    Why the persecution of Ramos and Campion ?
    What about Southern Black Farm workers. Who has their jobs now?

    We are paying the compensation deficiencies but the services the illegals get even so are more neglect than care. Make the illegal employers pay.

  • mrbean

    The only reason that an inexperience inept clandestine Muslim Marxist anti semite negro ever got to the white house is because of a corrupt media, white guilt, and black tribalism. The Republicans the nominating "Dead Man Walking" demented McCain didn't elp their cause one bit either. How do you like your Hopey and Changey now.