Immigration Reform Deserves More Than 38 Words

By Jorge Rivas Jan 29, 2010

Tuesday’s State of the Union address was more than 7,500 words long and all President Obama devoted to the issue of immigration was 38 of the most neutral words he could possible use.

And we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system — to secure our borders and enforce our laws, and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation.

Who’s gonna to disagree with that? He didn’t even mention the words "immigrant" or "comprehensive immigration." We didn’t even get the "i" word. The 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. deserved more than 38 words. And all of us, to whom Obama promised immigration reform in his first year in office, deserved more. But fear not, because Senate Democrats have reached out to a special someone to add more words to immigration reform plans: former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs. The Hill is reporting:

"Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is spearheading the Democrats’ effort to put together a comprehensive reform bill, met with Dobbs on Wednesday. … in an effort to build broad bipartisan support for immigration reform."

Really. Now we’re going to Lou Dobbs for help building coalitions? The man is a racist maniac. His only expertise is being a hateful divisive person. It wasn’t just that activists waged a campaign agaisnt him and got him fired, but the head of CNN Jon Klein didn’t even want to work with Dobbs because he was disposing hate… and now we’re asking him how to bring people together and pass immigration reform? …but I digress. If you have 38 words for Lou Dobbs, please, by all means, share them in the comments. [President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 27, 2010.] (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)