President Obama’s vow to unilaterally create amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants poses more of a threat to the future of the country than the brutal ISIS radicals marching across Iraq and Syria, according to a leading voice in the conservative movement.
Pat Buchanan, author of numerous books on American politics and a former Republican presidential candidate, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Monday that the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq is not as big of a long-term threat as the failure to secure the border and uphold the rule of law on the homefront.
“Look, we better realize the United States itself is in tremendous long-term danger, I think, in the bleeding border along our southern border, and the mass movement of peoples all over the world into this country,” Buchanan said. “The decomposition of the country socially and culturally and politically – all of these things it seems to me are far greater long-term threats to the United States than even those dreadful characters over there in Syria or Iraq beheading people.”
To view it otherwise is to miss a historical tipping point, he said.
“I don’t think that (ISIS) is the threat. I think it’s basically the country breaking up internally and failing as the great nation that it was, and I think there is an awful lot of things that need to be done right here in the United States, and not simply in the economy, to bring us all together and make us one people again, that have nothing to do with what’s going on in Iraq,” Buchanan said.
Obama announced in an interview Sunday with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he was planning to delay his executive action on immigration until after the Nov. 4 election. Congress has declined to take up the issue this year.
Ingraham pointed out that Obama is clearly running for cover on the immigration issue. A recent Reuters poll showed 70 percent of Americans, across party lines, believe illegal immigration is “seriously changing the culture, way of life, hurting our wages,” Ingraham said.
“It’s going to change the politics of the nations too,” Buchanan said. “People coming into the country that are very poor and lack education, with increasing dependence on government, that’s going to make it virtually impossible for a conservative party that believes in smaller government to ever gain national power.”
William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, or ALIPAC, also said he believes concerns about ISIS overseas pale in comparison to the threat of rampant illegal immigration. He did not hear the Buchanan interview but made similar statements Monday to WND.
“ISIS could cut off the heads of journalists once a month for the next five years and that’s not going to destroy America, but Obama’s pumping of illegal immigrants into the country will,” Gheen said.
He said the Obama administration was “going into full stealth mode” to continue its open-borders policy as quietly as possible and may even give the impression to some on the left that it is abandoning its commitment to “comprehensive immigration reform,” regarded by critics as a euphemism for amnesty. Gheen said the progressives will shout and scream that Obama is backing away from his pledge to grant amnesty by delaying the inevitable, but it is all political theater.
“The only thing I believe that will stop Obama’s next window of completing the dictatorship plans is if there is a massive sweep of conservatives at the election polls in November that outdoes the historic shift of 2010,” Gheen said.
Progressive news sites took Obama to task Monday for delaying amnesty. Michael Tomasky, writing for the Daily Beast, said that Obama’s retreat on immigration was an “unforced error” and that “real immigration reform” would likely now have to wait for a Hillary Clinton administration.
Democrats are defending seats in North Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alaska on the first tier; Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan and Colorado on the second. Only Colorado has a formidable Hispanic voting bloc, which explains why Obama is delaying the politically unpopular decision to grant amnesty to some or all of the roughly 20 million or more people now in the country illegally.
Obama conceded amnesty was unpopular when he told NBC’s Chuck Todd that “the dynamics over the summer have changed” on the issue of illegal immigration.
The delay in Congress has sent the political elites in both parties scurrying for a new strategy to grant legal status to millions of illegal aliens.
Even Republican National Committee spokeswoman Ruth O’Gara chimed in with criticism of Obama for delaying action on amnesty.
“It’s sad but not surprising that President Obama continues to play politics with such a serious and important issue but, for this White House, politics seems to dictates everything,” O’Gara told reporters Sunday. “His empty rhetoric and broken promises are a slap in the face to millions of Hispanics across the country.”
Buchanan was not shocked.
“Well, you’ve got an executive amnesty person right there at the RNC. You’ve probably got an awful lot of them over at the Chamber of Commerce. You’ve got a lot of establishment Republicans that are secretly delighted that the president is going to take care of this and they don’t have to deal with it. And after it’s done they will be delighted that it’s off the table for their party and they can move onto something else.”
There is no issue on which the leadership in both parties “are more out of touch with the American people” than the issue of illegal immigration, Buchanan said.
The result is a changing political landscape. Colorado, for example, used to be a swing state but is now going solidly Democratic in major elections.
“And what is happening in Colorado is going to happen in Texas,” Buchanan said.
The Republicans will win seats this November in the House and Senate, but the shift will have to be dramatic to make a difference, said Gheen, whose ALIPAC organization has endorsed and is promoting more than 100 candidates. But he said there is a funding gap and a volunteer gap two months out from the election.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is not only shoveling massive amounts of money into the campaign coffers of pro-amnesty Republicans but also Democrats. It marks a historic shift in chamber strategy, which typically supported moderate Republicans but not Democrats.
“The Chamber of Commerce is starting to endorse and fund Democrats, and I believe that’s a part of the strategy to put the brakes on the conservative backlash that is currently in motion,” Gheen said.
He said Obama is going “deep underground” with unmarked vans transporting illegals into the interior of the country. The administration has enlisted the help of various progressive groups, paying nonprofits, faith-based charities and private individuals to resettle the unaccompanied minor children in cities across the U.S.
“These individuals and groups can receive up to $10,000 a month to provide housing facilities and other aid,” Gheen said. “Obama has gone into full stealth mode.”
The government of Mexico is on board, helping to shield the operation, Gheen said, citing recent articles, including one by the Associated Press, that explain how Mexico is cracking down on undocumented Central Americans heading to its border with the U.S.
Mexico has also set up moving roadblocks, checking the documents of passengers on interstate buses.
“Mexico, also a partner in the planned North America Union, has taken steps to stem the flow of illegals until after the election,” Gheen said. “They’ve cleared the Beast (freight train) of illegals. They’re aware of the backlash and they’re trying to turn off that flow for now, until we get past the election.”
Noise from terrorists helps incumbents
Gheen believes the news about the ISIS terrorist group’s atrocities in the Middle East also helps Obama and the congressional incumbents.
“If you look at history, the unfortunate result of terrorist threats and attacks has been to favor incumbents in Washington,” he said. “The American public’s prior reactions to terror threats and acts has been to support incumbents. There is a psychological theory that when citizens feel threatened they will instinctively cling to the devil they know, to the people in power that are familiar to them.
“Which means the Obama administration now has a political incentive for ISIS to threaten or actually carry out attacks because the precedent is that the people will reward you with more power and more money, which is what we did after 9/11, so when I see all this publicity of ISIS chopping off heads, I see it as political theater, I see it as psychological operations and attempts to manipulate the American public in the mid-term election cycle. It benefits all incumbents but because the Democrats control the Senate and White House it benefits them the most.”
Gheen said all legislation on immigration is “dead in the water” for the next 60 days.
“Things are going to shift to the right, it’s just a question of magnitude, and the U.S. Chamber and illegal alien supporters want to see that it’s not enough to shift the policy,” he said.
“We are hoping for a dramatic shift. Getting enough donors, voters and volunteers behind the candidates who are with the Constitution and against the invasion. That’s our mission for the next 60 days.”
“We’re all there is. There’s no other political action committees involved in the campaigns working solely on this issue. That’s why so many of our candidates lose,” he said. “The American people need to get up off their couches and support candidates and volunteers and become donors and if that’s too much to ask they can get a face full of illegal immigrants slammed into their communities after this election is over. They are using immigration as a type of political warfare, a political neutron bomb, to displace American citizens in the political power structure of this country.”
ALIPAC is organizing another round of nationwide protests Oct. 24-25, timed to increase awareness of illegal immigration two weeks before Election Day on Nov. 4.