So why did Obama pretend in his discussion with Senator Kyl that securing the border would make it HARDER to achieve amnesty? Here is Kyl's account of the discussion:
“The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’” [Audible gasps were heard throughout the audience.] Sen. Kyl continued, “In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’”An Obama spokesman issued a nominal denial that actually confirmed Obama's linking of border security to amnesty, and Senator McCain now adds that Obama also told him that he would not move on border security without amnesty.
Thus we have a conundrum. Obama is saying something extraordinarily impolitic: that he is holding border security hostage to amnesty. Yet this impolitic admission is clearly not true. Our unsecured border is the great obstacle to the passage of any sort of amnesty. The only reason to admit such a damaging falsehood is if the truth is even worse, and indeed, we can be certain that this is the case.
If Obama wanted both border security and amnesty then he would secure the border today, paving the way for some sort of amnesty later in his term. He is adamantly against this path, yet we know that does want half of it: he does want amnesty. The only conclusion is that what he actually wants is amnesty without border security. In other words: his goal is to kill the hostage.
Which is no surprise. Our entire Democrat political class is in favor of amnesty without border security, especially after the last amnesty-without-border-security bill, signed by Ronald Reagan in 1986, worked out so well for them. The '86 amnesty spawned the prospect of future amnesties, which in the absence of border security only added to the flow of illegal immigration (almost entirely Hispanic):
Between 87 and 88 the number of illegal aliens dipped from 5 million to 2 million as 3 million illegals took advantage of the amnesty to become American citizens. The number of illegals was back up to 5 million by 1996 and has grown apace ever since. This has been good for Democrats, who Hispanic voters favor by a wide margin (voting 67 to 31 for Obama over McCain in 2008), so it is not surprising that Democrat politicians are highly motivated both to grant amnesty (so current illegal Mexicans can vote), and to keep the border open (to bring in more future Democrats).
Of course Democrats cannot be honest about this strategy of securing their own power by serving foreign interests. Such treason sits very poorly with vast majority of Americans of both parties, so Obama tried to hide the full maliciousness of his agenda by admitting only half of it: that he is holding border security hostage. It's nice to get that much on him. Just understand the full import. Obama has no intention of swapping the border-security hostage for any amount of concessions. He means to take the concessions AND kill the hostage.