Pointing to the Obama administrationâ€™s announcement yesterday of a de facto amnesty for hundreds of thousands of El Salvador nationals living illegally in the U.S., talk-radio host Michael Savage wondered aloud why the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination and the moderators of more than a dozen debates have virtually ignored the issue of illegal immigration.
â€œThis is a primary issue in the United States of America, and none of them will talk about it,â€ Savage told his â€œSavage Nationâ€ listeners last night.
â€œHow can I get excited about an election â€¦ when there are certain topics of immense importance to the American people that are verboten?â€ he asked.
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The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it will not force 215,000 El Salvadorans living in the U.S. illegally to return home because of a series of earthquakes in 2001. The agency said El Salvador â€œremains unable, temporarily, to handle adequately the return of its nationals.â€
â€œHe is going out full bore for the illegal alien vote,â€ Savage said.
Savage said that even if debate moderators such as left-leaning Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopolous of ABC News wonâ€™t raise the issue, the Republican candidates â€œhave every opportunity to raise these questions whenever a camera is put near their face.â€
â€œThey could simply say, â€˜You know, Iâ€™m outraged this morning the president granted de facto amnesty to 215,000 people from El Salvador. Thatâ€™s a foul ball. He has to come to Congress for this. He is not a dictator.â€™
â€œThat would win the electionâ€ for any candidate who would say that, Savage said.
But itâ€™s clear, Savage said, that the candidates are afraid of the â€œHispanic lobby.â€
â€œPoliticians are catering to them,â€ he said. â€œThey would rather cater to an imagined illegal demographic than to a rock-ribbed conservative demographic.â€
Savage recalled a dinner he had in December 2010 with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who won the New Hampshire primary last night after a narrow victory in Iowa.
Savage asked Romney why he didnâ€™t strongly address the illegal alien problem. Romney acknowledged the problem but essentially said that no matter how you approach it, youâ€™ll be labeled a racist.
Savage is right.Â This is an issue that resonates with conservatives.Â Did you even know that Obama had given amnesty to 215,000 El Salvadorans living in the U.S. illegally?Â I know I didn't.Â Did I just miss this, or is it one more thing that the media ignored?