Stavo guardando il secondo confronto elettorale tra Obama e Romney sulla CNN via web. Immaginatevi la scena: proiettore acceso, piedi sul tavolino basso, qualche snack sul divano... ascoltavo si con attenzione ma senza farmi uscire il sangue dalle orecchie.
A na certa una ragazza bellina dai lineamenti esotici prende la parola per rivolgere la sua domanda ai candidati: "Cosa intendete fare per quelle persone che pur non avendo la carta verde vivono qui come parti produttive della società?". Porco zio! Per alzare il volume sono scattato in piedi e ho rovesciato tutto per terra.
Romney risponde per primo ed in meno di 15 secondi sgancia un tonante da far tremare i muri della casa: io sono figli di migranti e la nostra é una nazione di migranti. Chi viene da altre nazioni come migrante é il benvenuto. Detto questo, non deve servire un avvocato per venire in questo paese legalmente. Voglio dare visti - anzi carte verdi - ai laureati in materie tecniche e scientifiche. Dobbiamo accertarci che il nostro sistema legale funzioni.
E Gli illegali? Dice che avranno vita molto difficile, per esempio non gli daranno più neanche le patenti di guida. Poi precisa un fatto inoppugnabile: Obama aveva promesso che nel primo anno del suo governo avrebbe fatto una legge che avrebbe risolto definitivamente il problema dell'immigrazione. Come mai invece - nonostante avesse la maggioranza assoluta ovunque - non é riuscito a fare niente?
Tocca ad Obama. Io penso: Barack fai il bravo e attenzione a quello che dici perché qua ti giochi il supporto di alain.it. Poi hai voglia a cacare il cazzo con le e-mail di spam... Prende la parola il Presidente e fa una versione Inglese della supercazzola talmente inconcludente che non mi ricordo neanche cosa abbia detto. Si faremo, vedremo, miglioreremo... Politichese puro. Ovviamente non ha spiegato il perché non é stato capace di fare la legge nel primo anno... e così Romney rinnova la domanda incalzandolo per la seconda volta: "Si Presidente, ma perché non risponde e ci dice come mai non ha fatto la legge che ha promesso di fare?". Silenzio imbarazzante... la domanda cade nel vuoto. (Qui sotto la parte iniziale del botta e risposta, questo il testo completo, questo invece il video).
Q: President — Romney, what do you plan on doing with immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society?
MR. ROMNEY: Thank you, Lorraine. Did I get that right? Good. Thank you for your question. And let me step back and tell you what I'd like to do with our immigration policy broadly and include an answer to your — your question.
First of all, this is a nation of immigrants. We welcome people coming to this country as immigrants. My dad was born in Mexico of American parents. Ann's dad was born in Wales and is a first- generation American. We welcome legal immigrants into this country.
I want our legal system to work better. I want it to be streamlined, I want it to be clearer. I don't think you have to — shouldn't have to hire a lawyer to figure out how to get into this country legally. I also think that we should give visas to people — green cards, rather, to people who graduate with skills that we need, people around the world with accredited degrees in — in science and math get a green card stapled to their diploma, come to the US of A. We should make sure that our legal system works.
Number two, we're going to have to stop illegal immigration. There are 4 million people who are waiting in line to get here legally. Those who've come here illegally take their place. So I will not grant amnesty to those who've come here illegally.
What I will do is I'll put in place an employment verification system and make sure that employers that hire people who have come here illegally are sanctioned for doing so. I won't put in place magnets for people coming here illegally, so for instance, I would not give driver's licenses to those that have come here illegally, as the — as the president would.
The kids of — of those that came here illegally, those kids I think should have a pathway to become a — a permanent resident of the United States.
And military service, for instance, is one way they would have that kind of pathway to become a permanent resident.
Now, when the president ran for office, he said that he'd put in place, in his first year, a piece of legislation — he'd file a bill in his first year that would reform our — our immigration system, protect legal immigration, stop illegal immigration. He didn't do it. He had a Democrat House and Democrat Senate, supermajority in both houses. Why did he fail to even promote legislation that would have provided an answer for those that want to come here legally and for those that are here illegally today? That's a question I think the — the president will have a chance to answer right now.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good. I look forward to it. Was — Lorena? Lorraine.
We are a nation of immigrants. I mean, we're just a few miles away form Ellis Island. We all understand what this country has become because talent from all around the world wants to come here, people who are willing to take risks, people who want to build on their dreams and make sure their kids have an — even bigger dreams than they have.
But we're also a nation of laws. So what I've said is we need to fix a broken immigration system. And I've done everything that I can on my own and sought cooperation from Congress to make sure that we fix this system.
First thing we did was to streamline the legal immigration system to reduce the backlog, make it easier, simpler and cheaper for people who are waiting in line, obeying the law, to make sure that they can come here and contribute to our country. And that's good for our economic growth. They'll start new businesses. They'll make things happen to create jobs here in the United States.
Number two, we do have to deal with our border. So we've put more Border Patrol on than anytime in history, and the flow of undocumented workers across the border is actually lower than it's been in 40 years.
What I've also said is, if we're going to go after folks who are here illegally, we should do it smartly and go after folks who are criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they're trying to figure out how to feed their families, and that's what we've done.
And what I've also said is, for young people who come here, brought here oftentimes by their parents, have gone to school here, pledged allegiances to the flag, think of this as their country, understand themselves as Americans in every way except having papers, then we should make sure that we give them a pathway to citizenship, and that's what I've done administratively.
Now, Governor Romney just said that, you know, he wants to help those young people, too. But during the Republican primary, he said, I will veto the DREAM Act that would allow these young people to have access. His main strategy during the Republican primary was to say, we're going to encourage self-deportation, making life so miserable on folks that they'll leave. He called the Arizona law a model for the nation. Part of the Arizona law said that law enforcement officers could stop folks because they suspected maybe they looked like they might be undocumented workers and checked their papers. And you know what, if my daughter or yours looks to somebody like they're not a citizen, I don't want — I don't want to empower somebody like that.
So we can fix this system in a comprehensive way. And when Governor Romney says the challenge is, well, Obama didn't try, that's not true. I sat down with Democrats and Republicans at the beginning of my term, and I said, let's fix this system, including senators previously who have supported it on the Republican side.
But it's very hard for Republicans in Congress to support comprehensive immigration reform if their standard bearer has said that this is not something I'm interested in supporting.