Gregory Kane: Illegal immigration already breaks up communities 

It should go down as one of the most pathetic presidential speeches in American history, but probably won't.

That would be President Obama's speech about immigration "reform" he gave at American University recently. During the course of his speech, Obama took aim, once again, at Arizona's new law that would enable local police officers to do their part in stanching the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.

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

There goes Obama again, resorting to hysteria, demagoguery and downright lies about Arizona's law. Nowhere in the Arizona law does it say police are allowed to stop people "because of what they look like or how they sound."

The law does say the stops have to have probable cause. Obama tried to cover himself by not claiming Arizona's law will, in fact, do what he said, but that it has "the potential" of doing it.

All laws have the potential of being enforced in a racially or ethnically discriminatory manner. We have to conclude that the head of the executive branch of our national government, responsible for enforcing the nation's laws, is in fact anti-law enforcement.

Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer called Obama's immigration "reform" speech disappointing, showing what a charitable soul she indeed must be. The speech was egregiously awful, especially this part, as reported on the Web site content.usatoday.com:

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

Has the president been living in the same country the rest of us have been living in for the past 20 years? There are American communities that have already been "disrupted" by illegal immigration. Several formerly all-black or predominantly black communities in Los Angeles have been disrupted by the influx of illegal immigrants from south of the border.

In December 2005, a California historian named Roger D. McGrath wrote a piece, "End of the Rainbow," that appeared on the Web site amconmag.com. In his article, McGrath quoted a black Los Angeles auto mechanic named Terry Anderson about the influence illegal immigration has had on formerly black Los Angeles:

"We have schools here that used to be 80 percent to 90 percent black and now, after a period of 10 years, are 80 percent to 90 percent Latino. As this trend spreads, blacks either can move to other neighborhoods or watch their children stuck in schools listening to Spanish all day. Yet nobody speaks up for our children the way pro-immigrant organizations do for immigrant children. As a result, our children are getting the equivalent of half a day of school. Why should our children be deprived?"

Because many Americans, our president among them, clearly don't understand the intent of the 14th Amendment. Ratified in July of 1868, the amendment was meant to make newly freed slaves citizens and to end the abuse black Americans faced in former Confederate states.

People who come here illegally, have children and then ask for a pass on their illegal acts because their children are American citizens are cynically abusing the 14th Amendment.

Obama passed on his opportunity to urge Americans to close that 14th Amendment loophole, thereby ending such abuse. That's not statesmanship, but rank cowardice.

Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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Examiner columnist Gregory Kane is an award-winning journalist who lives in Baltimore.

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