October 4, 2022

Obama: "Racism" is Behind Conservative Immigration Concerns

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

Former President Barack Obama is claiming that racism is the reason Americans oppose Biden’s immigration stance. This isn’t the first time Obama has called America, as a whole, a racist nation.

The Background: 

Obama recently commented to San Diego Union-Tribune:

“I wish I could be more euphemistic about it except [they’re] not that subtle about it — they’re just kind of saying it. You hear it on hard-right media, you hear it from candidates and politicians, you hear things like ‘great replacement theory’ — I mean, this is not subtle. Unless we’re able to return to a more inclusive vision inside the Republican Party, it’s going to be hard to get a bill done.”

This opinion goes back even further. In 2013 and 2014, Obama and Biden used claims of racism to stigmatize Americans’ popular opposition to mass migration as they were trying to push the doomed “Gang of Eight” cheap-labor bill through Congress, according to Breitbart. 

Brietbart further states, “But that incendiary smear is contradicted by numerous polls which show the public wants to welcome some immigration — but also declares deep and broad public opposition to labor migration and the inflow of temporary contract workers into the good jobs U.S. graduates need to raise families.”

The opposition is two-fold. For example, the spike in immigration has been great for realtors, but not so much for young couples trying to buy a house in an already competitive market, especially as interest rates continue to rise.

Immigration has increased California’s population by at least 33 percent, causing a sharp competition for good and poor housing, especially with the very quick growing wealth inequality, drug addiction, and homelessness. In California, the median price of a house is $725,000, according to NeighborhoodScout.com. That price is three-and-a-half times as much as in 2020, the site says. 

Notable Quotes: 

“Right now, the biggest fuel behind the Republican agenda is related to immigration and the fear that somehow America’s character is going to be changed if, people of darker shades, there are too many of them here [sic].” – Barack Obama, to Hispanic realtors on September 25 in San Diego, California.

What do you think?