Lots of Nothing

By Mark Krikorian on July 1, 2010

So, I figured the president’s major address on immigration might reveal something important. I’m at Cub Scout camp out in western Virginia, but I had to go to the laundromat anyway, so I watched the stream of the address using their free wi-fi while the clothes spun and tumbled. And what was the news that came out of it?

Nothing. Bupkes. Zilch.

Sure, I expected most of it to consist of the usual clichés, and I wasn’t disappointed: “false debates that divide us,” we can’t deport 11 million people, illegals will be “required to register” (in the new, focus-grouped terminology), and even Emma Lazarus (who, it turns out, wasn’t all that keen on the wretched refuse, after all).

But news? Nope. No announcement of a new legislative package. No details on a bill about to be dropped. No unilateral grant of amnesty. The speech was just one more effort at stringing the open-borders folks along while trying to blame the Republicans for not helping the Democrats pass an amnesty. (Wait, don’t the Dems have majorities in both houses?) In a kremlinological sense, you might infer White House openness to a piecemeal approach to amnesty, since the only actual piece of legislation Obama mentioned was the Dream Act, but even that is pure speculation.

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