Saturday, April 14, 2012

Obama Promises to Tackle Immigration Reform in 2nd Term

Is there a constituency this man won't shamelessly pander to?

Of course the answer to that is he won't pander to fiscal conservatives, budget hawks, supply-siders, people who have actually experience with creating jobs, conservative women, etc.

But today we see Obama going on univision, the nations largest spanish speaking network, and panders to Hispanics by promising to pass immigration reform in the first year of his second term.
“I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term,” Obama said in an interview with Univision set to air on Sunday. “I want to try this year. The challenge we’ve got on immigration reform is very simple. I’ve got a majority of Democrats who are prepared to vote for it, and I’ve got no Republicans who are prepared to vote for it. …

He made this same promise 4 years ago and for 2 years he had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate and a huge majority in the House yet he didn't bother trying to pass it then. Why? Well you and I both know the answer to that - because the vast majority of America opposes the sort of comprehensive immigration reform Obama wants to implement and it would have affected his reelection chances. Of course now he can say he wants to try to pass it but he can't because those evil, racist, immigrant hating GOPhers won't let him so he won't even try. This, ladies and gentlemen, is our post partisan President.

Now just for laughs let's take a look at what he said in 2008.
That’s the commitment I’m making to you. I marched with you in the streets of Chicago to meet our immigration challenge. I fought with you in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will make it a top priority in my first year as President – not only because we have an obligation to secure our borders and get control of who comes in and out of our country. And not only because we have to crack down on employers who are abusing undocumented immigrants instead of hiring citizens. But because we have to finally bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. Yes, they broke the law. And they should have to pay a fine, and learn English, and go to the back of the line. That’s how we’ll put them on a pathway to citizenship. That’s how we’ll finally fix our broken immigration system and avoid creating a servant class in our midst. It’s time to reconcile our values and principles as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. That’s what this election is all about.

So Mr. President, the nation wants to know. Why didn't you pursue immigration reform when your party overwhelmingly controlled Washington?

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