From the nameless/faceless NYT op-ed (i.e., the newspaper itself… speaking) comes “Yes He Can, On Immigration“:
If President Obama means what he says about wanting an immigration system that reflects American values, helps the economy and taps the yearnings of millions of Americans-in-waiting, he is going to have to do something about it—soon and on his own. It has been frustrating to watch his yes-we-can promises on immigration reform fade to protestations of impotence and the blaming of others. All Mr. Obama has been saying lately is: No, in fact, we can’t, because Republicans and the law won’t let me.
Mr. Obama is correct when he complains that long-term immigration repairs have been throttled in Congress. Neo-nativist Republicans fixated on mass deportation have blocked a worthy bipartisan bill. But Mr. Obama has compounded this failure by clinging to a coldblooded strategy of ramped-up enforcement on the same people he has promised to help through legislation that he has failed to achieve.
Ahh.. if there only were actual ‘neo-nativist Republicans’, of which there aren’t.
I’ll say it again: If you’re going to get targeted as a ‘racist’, no matter how tepid your action, you might as well go all the way, and get full leverage from it.