Czar defends Obama's snubbing of border governors
by A.Y. Knowe
EL PASO, Texas, April 28, 2011 — President Obama's immigration czar, A. Lee Enman, today stood by the president's decision to keep border governors from last week's immigration summit.
"We wanted experts only at this meeting," Enman said. "Governors of states that border Mexico don't necessarily know anything about immigration."
Assistant White House Press Secretary Anne Kerr Baybee, who was born in California to undocumented migrants, said the president already knows what border governors believe because he occasionally watches Fox News.
"The president doesn't talk with these governors on the phone," she said, "so why would he want to talk with them in person? Hardly any of them support the president's immigration policy anyway. They would just argue against everything that makes sense, such as providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants."
Some border residents are angry that not a single border governor was invited to the immigration summit.
Robin I. Dee, a documents dealer in Phoenix, said he will be forced out of business if the Obama administration gets its way.
"The legislators and governors keep pressing for immigration enforcement," he said. "And that's a good thing for me because it keeps me busy trying to find Social Security cards and drivers licenses for my undocumented customers."
Hiking guide Hyde N. Brusch said his business also depends on continued enforcement of immigration laws. He specializes in showing Mexican tourists the most scenic and safest routes across desert border ranches.
Even some Mexicans are opposed to easing immigration laws. An example is Tijuana swimming instructor Rhea Lee Whett. She said giving temporary worker permits to anybody who wants to work in the U.S. would destroy the demand for her services.
Yet other citizens of Mexico support Obama in excluding the governors, most of whom support increased enforcement. Exotic dancer Anita Ure Pesos, who works in California about half of every month, pointed out that most legislators and governors along the Mexico-U.S. line support a secure border fence.
"I work a lot with poles," she said, "but I don't know how to pole vault."
Even some close friends of illegal aliens would like to see increased enforcement of immigration rules.
Texan rancher Dee Porter said his Mexican girlfriend, Nita Viza, told him she was a legal immigrant on their first date. He broke up with her when he learned that she is an illegal alien, and now she is suing him for palimony.
"I say deport her," he said.
Border Patrol Chief William Archibald Spooner said he was too busy to attend the summit but sent his secretary, Porter Bedroll, to take notes.
"Our main concern is to keep marijuana out of California," he said. "The farmers who grow medicinal grass don't need any competition."
Drug Enforcement Agency Director Anne Fetamin said methemphetamines and cocaine are secondary concerns.
"Mexican drug lords aren't killing people over meth and coke," she said. "They're murdering police officers, judges and innocent civilians over marijuana."
The American Immigrant League has taken a position that Obama is right in refusing to listen to border governors. AIL Director Emma I. Grant said almost all Americans are descended from immigrants and should not deny others the right to enter the country whenever and wherever they want.
Cross N. Knight, president of the Public University and Kindergarten Economists (PUKE), said representatives of border states should be excluded from any discussions regarding immigration because most of them are opposed to the DREAM Act.
"The DREAM Act could provide funding to ensure that the children of undocumented immigrants can receive a higher education," he said. "For an investment of just a few hundred billion dollars, we could allow millions of prospective immigrants throughout the world to dream of coming here and having Americans pay for their children's higher education."
Luciana Pertchiss of the Mexican-American Democrats (MAD) said most citizens who live in border states vastly overestimate the number of illegal aliens in the U.S.
"We think there are only 10 to 30 million undocumented immigrants," she said, "but I talked with two mayors, Poe K. Hauntas of Tuba City, Arizona, and Sacca J. Wia of Shiprock, New Mexico, and they both claimed the number was closer to 300 million."
Celebrity model Manny Kinn said he wants border governors to meet with the Obama administration because "there are too many immigrants taking jobs from Americans."
"I myself have lost photo shoots to guys from Latin America," Kinn said. "I think we should send all the illegals back home. President Obama said we can't uproot millions of people and send them to another country. Why not? Mexico did."
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