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On 3/7/07, Obama and Representative Luis Gutierrez another Illinois Democrat introduced the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 (S. 795/H.R. 1379). The bill would authorize U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to request and receive appropriations to make up the difference between fees charged to applicants and the full resources needed to fund operations and infrastructure.

    Also referred to as Obama’s Immigration Bill, under this Act, the United States would give U.S. $80 million to various community organizing groups to organize the immigrant community, to become U.S. Citizens with the right to vote.

On March 20, 2007, Barack Obama told his colleagues in the Senate, “Let’s stop sending mixed messages. Let’s work together and set immigration fees at a level that are fair and consistent with our commitment to being an open, democratic, and egalitarian society.”  

“Obama’s bill reverses large fee increases for legal immigrants seeking to become citizens,” and reminiscent of his community organizing days, it “provides grants to states to help promote citizenship.”

However, a closer review of Obama’s bill, called the Citizenship Promotion Act, which, in part, organizes the “immigrant community,” suggests despite his “putting politics aside” posture that his bill puts his political interests over America’s.

……while the global economy feels the pocketbook pain of ACORN’s role in the mortgage crisis, Obama’s Citizenship Promotion Act rewards community organizer groups like ACORN with U.S. $80 million taxpayer dollars for these groups to “organize the immigrant community” towards citizenship, via the beleaguered USCIS, to voter booths. So when Obama declares immigration fees should be set that are “fair and consistent with our commitment to being an open, democratic, and egalitarian society,” it sounded really nice, (except for the chilling misnomer:  America is not an egalitarian society—at least not yet), but the reality is starkly different. Fair fees, unfair fees, the immigrants Obama seeks to “organize” in his legislation cannot be processed for months if not years unless government officials are bribed or the USCIS, miraculously, is reformed. Instead of fixing the immigration crisis, Obama’s bill compounds it by providing an U.S. $80 million grant for community organizers to wreck havoc on this grossly troubled government agency.”

According to Obama’s Plan for America at barackobama.com, Obama played “a leading role in crafting comprehensive immigration reform.” Obama believes that the “immigration system can only be fixed by putting politics aside.”

OBAMA’S COMMUNITY ORGANIZING EXPERIENCE APPEARS IN HIS $80-MILLION IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL By Marinka Peschmann, Canada Free Press, 9/12/08, http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/4975

OBAMA’S 2007 SENATE FLOOR COMMITMENT TO AN `EGALITARIAN SOCIETY’ By Marinka Peschmann, Canada Free Press, http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5839   

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Obama’s stance on illegal immigration does not end there.  If Obama has his way, illegal immigrants would also have driver’s licenses.

 

When the subject came up during the Clinton/Obama debate in November 2007, Obama jokingly flipflopped on the question.

 

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Obama started off by saying, “When I was a state senator in Illinois, I voted to require that illegal aliens get trained, get a license, get insurance to protect public safety. That was my intention.”

He then went joked that undocumented workers don’t come to America to drive.  However, after being further pressed by

 

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told ABC’s David Muir Saturday that his support for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants will not block his path to the White House because he and G.O.P. frontrunner John McCain share substantial overlap on immigration.

“I think they will pounce on any issue that has to do with immigration,” said Obama, referring to Republicans, “but my position has been very similar to John McCain’s, who’s may be the likely Republican nominee, and if he wants to try to parse out this one issue of driver’s licenses, an issue of public safety, my response is that we have to solve the overall problem and this driver’s license issue is a distraction.”

McCain does not support driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants but he shares Obama’s support for giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship without requiring them to leave the United States.

Obama defended his stance on driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants on the same day that La Opinion, the nation’s largest Spanish language newspaper, cited his support for licenses — and Sen. Hillary Clinton’s, D-N.Y., opposition — in its endorsement of Obama.”

OBAMA DEFENDS DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR ILLEGALS IN INTERVIEW WITH ABC NEWS, http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/02/obama-defends-d.html

Reference:  OBAMA FALTERS OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS By ELI LAKE, Staff Reporter of the Sun, 11/17/07, http://www.nysun.com/national/obama-falters-over-illegal-immigrants/66546/

 

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on his position of driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, Obama responded: “I am not proposing that that’s what we do….I have already said I support the notion that we have to deal with public safety.”