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Comprehensive immigration platitudes; Updated

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 1, 2010 08:52 AM

President Obama will deliver another worthless speech this morning. Don’t take my word for that. The open-borders lobby itself has such “low expectations” that some of its activists are wishing for the days of open-borders Bush.

The White House says it won’t offer any specific policy proposals. But there will be plenty of paeans paid to “comprehensive immigration reform” — second only to “hope and change” as the most vapid, emptiest rhetorical construction in Washington.

With Janet Clownitano in charge at DHS and sovereignty-undermining staffers like illegal alien sanctuary coddler Harold Hurtt and Arizona-bashing ICE chief John Morton, Obama’s appointments tell us all we need to know about his substantive disregard for secure borders and homeland security.

I said on Fox and Friends this morning that it feels like a 2006 time warp. Expect Obama’s speech leading into the Independence Day weekend to channel many of the same open-borders “nation of immigrants” platitudes George W. Bush/Karl Rove peddled before pushing mass amnesty.

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Recent related: The threat of illegal alien amnesty by executive order.

A blueprint for comprehensive immigration enforcement reform: Here. Every proposal holds true today.

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Just like I said. Platitudes:

Speaking to lawmakers, academics, and community leaders gathered at American University, Obama touted hi plan by stressing the immeasurable contributions that immigrants have made to the United States, and the frequent discrimination they faced throughout history. “Immigrants have always helped to build and defend this country,” Obama said.

Strawman:

As for critics of “amnesty,” Obama said it’s simply impossible to deport 11 million people, and doing so would disrupt communities and break up families, as undocumented immigrants have children who are U.S. citizens because they were born here.

And baseless scare-mongering on profiling as an excuse not to cooperate with local and state law enforcement:

“These laws also have the potential of violating the rights of innocent American citizens and legal residents,” Obama said, “making them subject to possible stops or questioning because of what they look like or how they sound.”

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Daily Intel notes Obama’s botched sentimentality:

…the speech also relied heavily on sentimentality, most of all when Obama closed with the story of Emma Lazarus, and the sonnet she wrote for the Statue of Liberty, “The New Colossus.” It was a moving finish, despite Obama incorrectly reciting the famous line as “yearning to be free” instead of “yearning to breathe free.”

Update II: Ed Morrissey notes Obama’s comments on citizenship.

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