The White House Slams GOP For Going After DREAMers Instead of Dangerous Criminals


House Republicans refused to pay their own bills over their alleged fiscal principles, and yet, time and time again they demonstrate a lack of understanding about math. This brings us to Friday night, when House Republicans decided that the limited resources the government has should be spent hunting down DREAMers instead of deporting dangerous criminals.

The White House is not impressed. They issued a statement Friday evening condemning the priorities of House Republicans, whose bill prioritizes deporting DREAMers over hunting down dangerous criminals.

“The legislation put forward tonight by House Republicans does not responsibly address the problem of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border, and could result in the deportation of hundreds of thousands of DREAMers, young people who were brought to this country as children and are Americans in every way but on paper. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program prioritizes the limited resources of the Department of Homeland Security to deport dangerous criminals rather than DREAMers. It is extraordinary that House Republicans are demanding that we reverse that prioritization as a price for getting the resources needed to deal with the urgent humanitarian situation at the border, reduce the immigration court backlog, and address the root cause of child migration.

Republicans in Washington have repeatedly called the situation at our border a crisis; yet, tonight they are considering partisan legislation that will not address the problem and is sure to be rejected by the Senate. As the President said today, the Administration will continue to manage the border as responsibly as possible and address our broken immigration system, but no Administrative action is a substitute for Congressional action. That’s why the President will urge Congress to fix our broken immigration system once and for all upon returning from their recess by doing what the Senate did over a year ago and pass serious, comprehensive immigration reform legislation with bipartisan support.”

Republicans blame the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for the crisis on the border, so they added language to freeze the DACA program and make DREAMers eligible for deportation in two years. Republicans claim they must hunt down these DREAMers in the name of national security. This implies that their solution is the only one on the table and that it would actually improve national security more than other solutions. Neither is accurate, and their solution has been condemned as immoral even by Catholic Bishops. But for Republicans, “National security” is code for “Just vote yes and don’t ask any questions or else you hate America.” (See WMD.)

The White House is correct in this instance, as the Senate came up with bipartisan immigration reform in June of 2013 and even gave it a title that Republicans could love — “Border Surge”, but the House refused to act. Furthermore, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Senate’s immigration bill would cut federal budget deficits by $158 billion over the next decade.

The Senate bill was bipartisan and cut the deficit. In other words, a no-go for House Republicans, who have been pushing to add hundreds of billions to the deficit in unpaid for tax credits for business. Additionally, House Republicans refused to give the President the money he requested for the border crisis, but they want it solved yesterday. This may be because they seem to have only become aware of this problem after Obama got elected.

According to House Republicans, when there is a crisis that all sane people saw coming years ago: a) Offer half of what the government needs because you’ve been told by the Heritage Foundation to make sure this President can’t solve any problems and to be sure not to do anything other than create scandals, lest the press actually discuss policy issues; and b) Use your authority over the purse strings to demand that the government use its limited resources that you just ensured stay limited to prioritize going after DREAMers over dangerous criminals, because your base resents DREAMers. Sell this as “national security” in order to shame the press away from asking questions.

21 Replies to “The White House Slams GOP For Going After DREAMers Instead of Dangerous Criminals”

  1. This is typical. Attack children brought here years ago, who are now adults and call them criminals. You dont have to remind yourself that there is no christianity in the so called gods party. No charity, no life, no heart. Yet the gop wants us to live under their brand of christian fundamentalist sharia law

  2. I am ashamed for my country having this Congress demonstrating what the dark side of humanity looks like. I am beyond being embarrassed by their action taken yesterday…hell, since they became the majority. I dread to think what other dispicable legislation they would come up with should they remain the majority after the November 4th elections. Their obvious disdain for these 500,000 children, and those who have crossed over our boarder to escape violence in their homeland has never been made more clear. It seems they fear anyone who isn’t white, wealthy, or Tea Party ignorant. Immigration is the very fabric that made our country what it is today. Perhaps they should remember where they came from, and stop slapping the face of their ancestors who came to this country for the very reason these children are here; to make a better life for themselves and their families. I urge anyone who will listen to get out and vote them out of office.

  3. I would like to take this time to thank the meddling, narcissistic, sociopathic, traitor Ted Cruz for sabotaging the votes for immigration reform, DREAMERS, and aiding the children reaching our southern borders.

    Because of his arrogance, pridefulness, his interference ensures the Senate stays in Democratic hands, and Pelosi replaces Boehner as Speaker.
    During an election cycle, Cruz not only betrayed his own, but by sabotaging the votes, voters now know that the GOP is weak, indecisive, leaderless, has a saboteur and traitor bin their mix, and are not fit to govern!

    Because Cruz wad thinking only of his needs and desires, he destroyed his own party. Ths Hispanics will now GOTV and vote Democrat on November 4. No doubt, they are angry about what happened yesterday, and the Republicans will feel that anger in November.
    So, thank you, Senator Cruz! Because of your actions, Hispanics will also assist Democrats in keeping the keys to the White Housr in 2016. A big kiss and hug to…

  4. Go after dangerous criminals rather than ‘Dreamers’?

    That’s the crux of the problem — most conservatives are unable to make that distinction.

  5. The heart of the problem is that GOPers think DREAMers ARE dangerous criminals for no other reason than either the color of their skin, their last name, the language they speak at home, or all of the above. In short, the GOPers’ real reason to persecute DREAMers is nothing short of racism.

  6. I don’t hold out hope that this will change many minds on the right, they just go through life with blinders on, keeping their same beliefs in spite of any and all evidence to the contrary.

    I do hope, however, that this motivates Democrats to get out and vote and bring as many like-minded people as they can to the polls with them.

  7. In their small minds, the Criminals trump small innocent children and DREAMER Because: 1) Criminals are keeping their Privatized penitentiaries full and making money for the Corporate owners(most prisoners there on trumped up charges) from our tax dollars through low bid contracts.

    2)If criminals should they get out of said prisons will not vote. Dreamers and children might have a pathway to citizenship, and will vote, and will have long memory whom made this possible.

    3) The RWNJ, can use their guns, and fists on perceived criminals, not so much children, and dreamers.

  8. also remind the RWNJ’s their own. Holy and worshiped, St. Ronny Reagan gave Amnesty to about 5 million undocumented immigrants in 1986. Why you ask? Because they were all the farm workers that did the jobs to menial for “TRUE PATRIOTIC AMERICANS. Hypocrisy at its best.

  9. Ted Cruz is behind this bill, and he has nothing to be proud of giving the fact he himself is a first generation immigrant from Canada and his father a (communist) also a first generation immigrant from Cuba, but no one else can be allowed in this country under his way of thinking.

  10. Yes, but will all hispanics go to the polls
    in the mid-terms, or are they just people who vote in the presidential. If the rethugs keep the house and god forbid take the senate there will be massive consequences for all of us.

  11. I believe that this cruel and barbaric anti-Hispanic GOPTP legislation may have just fired-up the Hispanic-American voters.

  12. It s very obvious that the Republicans only lift their fingers whenever they want a trade off. They want to blackmail the nation either emotionally,economically and politically just to power trip on anything that the Democrats would propose for this country. The sad part of it is making a circus of America’s current situation,demonizing the future and risking the country’s safety by confusing everyone with their “masked” intentions for the nation. Above all, it is hurting further the heart and soul of American society- the immigrant families ! Our children are equally as strong as other future Americans who has equal right to protect this land!

  13. I have heard it say the midterms favor the party out of power. That would be the Republicans, but I don’t see it happening this year. I believe Democrats will come out because if they stay home, nothing changes, and there is too much at stake this year.

    Congress and the SCOTUS have angered every voting demographic except heterosexual male WASPS. If these groups vote in November, and I believe they will, Boehner can kiss his Speaker job good bye. He was worthless, weak, and unqualified for the role.

  14. I hoped this disgusting vote by GOP Congress could be the turning point for Dems to maintain the Senate. Then I watched Larry Sabato on Up w/Steve Kornacki. He predicts Republicans pick up 4 to 8 seats due to demographic dumb luck & gerrymandering. Is he ever wrong? What a buzzkill.

  15. I just thought of something. The Republicans went after the DREAMERS, but not the criminals.It’s obvious: birds of a feather flock together! The political party that has a bible in one hand and a gun in the other is full of crooks! They won’t go after their own.

  16. How Un-American in so many ways the GOP.

    This country is a melting pot, it has always been that way. We have an enriching mixture of cultures that have contributed and given back to our country throughout many, many years.

    All I can say is..if the GOP thinks they are true Americans, they are wrong..they are Anti-American.

  17. Attention: GOP and so called Christian Republicans.

    Desperate children coming in by the thousands, in need of refuge, was an absolute test from God.

    You absolutely failed!

    Even the Bishops and the Pope are asking you to help.

    Until we see some significant action by you, to roll up your collective sleeves to help solve this issue,
    you will NOT be recognized by fellow Christians,… as Christians.

    There is nothing Christ-like in your actions.

  18. But yet it is ok if Obama let 36,000 criminals out of our prisons last year. These weren’t small time criminals. Do your research before you think you know something you don’t know anything about.

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