Obama Uses Immigration Announcement As A Sledgehammer To Bludgeon The Republican Party

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President Obama didn’t just announce immigration action. He used the immigration issue as a sledgehammer to bludgeon John Boehner and Mitch McConnell while destroying their agenda.

Obama began by stressing that immigration has kept the nation youthful, dynamic, and shaped our character. The president discussed how he had increased border security. He went right to the heart of the matter by calling out Speaker of the House John Boehner for not allowing a vote on the Senate passed immigration bill. The president said, “Had the House of Representatives allowed that kind of a bill a simple yes-or-no vote, it would have passed with support from both parties, and today it would be the law. But for a year and a half now, Republican leaders in the House have refused to allow that simple vote. The president said that he continues to believe that the best way to reform the system is to pass a law.”

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Obama also called out the Republican fantasy of deporting all illegal immigrants, “But even as we focus on deporting criminals, the fact is, millions of immigrants – in every state, of every race and nationality – will still live here illegally. And let’s be honest – tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic. Anyone who suggests otherwise isn’t being straight with you. It’s also not who we are as Americans. After all, most of these immigrants have been here a long time. They work hard, often in tough, low-paying jobs. They support their families. They worship at our churches. Many of their kids are American-born or spent most of their lives here, and their hopes, dreams, and patriotism are just like ours.”

The president pushed back on the Republican cries of amnesty,

I know some of the critics of this action call it amnesty. Well, it’s not. Amnesty is the immigration system we have today – millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time.

That’s the real amnesty – leaving this broken system the way it is. Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character. What I’m describing is accountability – a commonsense, middle ground approach: If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.

President Obama dared Republicans to pass an immigration bill, “The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century. And to those Members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill. I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution.”

What was an announcement of immigration executive action also was a vigorous step to hold Republicans accountable. President Obama pulled no punches on the Republicans and easily knocked down the Republican cries of amnesty and a lawless president.

Obama called for reasoned, thoughtful, compassionate debate. This is exactly the kind of debate that racial politics playing Republicans have refused to engage in on this issue for more than a decade. The executive action doesn’t go nearly as far as Republican fearmongers suggested it would. The changes are extremely important for millions, but they are not amnesty.

The president dealt a body blow to Republicans by quoting scripture and painting his executive action immigration as an act of compassion to keep families together. President Obama has painted Republicans into a corner, and set the stage for GOP to destroy itself on this issue.

Boehner and McConnell have been terrified of the immigration issue for years. President Obama has taken a sledgehammer to the Republican agenda and placed the one issue that Republicans don’t want to talk about front and center in our national conversation.

Obama demonstrated tonight what the power of the presidency can do to even the angriest opposition.

Your move, Speaker Boehner.

23 Replies to “Obama Uses Immigration Announcement As A Sledgehammer To Bludgeon The Republican Party”

  1. Revenge is a dish best served cold. The President no longer has to please anyone except history. As a lame duck, he’s been a great decoy to expose DINOs and cowards. We now know who they are. The people that didn’t have the courage of their convictions. Those who waffled and squirmed. FU. Your sniveling, spineless appeasement of corporate greed at our expense is coming full circle.

    Turtle and his toadies are about to get gigged. By someone who understands the long sweep of history.

  2. Jason I love your headlines man.
    I was very proud of the president, as usual he makes what we’ve gone through the past week from RWNJs look like a circus compared to his sane calm measured approach.
    He did’t overreach I knew he wouldn’t.
    Yes I think he delivered a knockout punch.

  3. President Obama dared Republicans to pass an immigration bill, “The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century. And to those Members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill. I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution.”
    ———————–

    Now that’s just uppity and defiant
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  4. Very proud of our President. He is sensible, compassionate, intelligent, and very wise beyond his years. He is also very gracious in the face of what he has had to endure the past 6 years.

    We are privileged to have him as our President. I stand in support of him and I support families being kept together, and what great news especially before the holidays for the families involved.

  5. As a rule one wishes my President would have said this or that differently, or included something else. Not this time. Just a brilliant speech and why he is my President.

  6. Cant wait till tomorrow to hear old lou dobbs. He is really pushing the envelope of stupidity

    Pass a bill kids. Thats all they had to do

  7. I am proud of this President and tonight he did the right thing. The Republicans will NEVER work with the President on Immigration, or anything else for that matter. They will do anything to block the President from being successful. Their hate and jealousy of this President is a very sad thing and is ruining our country.

  8. I did not see the announcement, but it sounds as if he walloped them real good. I watched Ed Schultz show, and according to them, it would cost, I think they sad $2,000 a piece to deport all 11 million of them. Or was it $200? Either way, financially it’s cheaper to allow them to stay than deport them.
    Can’t we just deport the Republicans and keep the immigrants? After all, they actually work, and add $$$ to thr econmy, whereas the GOP are slothful, and take away from our economy.
    All I need is popcorn, the soda is here already. We can all sit back and watch the Preside kick GOP ass the next two years

  9. But he can. Overtime: How Obama Can Help The Middle Class Without Congress.To get the country back to the same equitable standards we had in 1975, the Department of Labor would simply have to raise the overtime threshold to $69,000. In other words, if you earn $69,000 or less, the law would require that you be paid overtime when you worked more than 40 hours a week. That’s 10.4 million middle-class Americans with more money in their pockets or more time to spend with friends and family. And if corporate America didn’t want to pay you time and a half, it would need to hire hundreds of thousands of additional workers to pick up the slack—slashing the unemployment rate and forcing up wages. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/11/overtime-pay-obama-congress-112954.html?hp=rc3_4#.VG6nEGx0xy3

    Now what will WE do to make it happen?

  10. I wasn’t able to see or hear President Obama’s speech tonight. Thank you all for providing the details of what was said. I am proud to have him as our President. One side note: I noticed that the cowardly trolls were out tonight giving thumbs down to the comments. All I have to say is how sad and pathetic these “people” are.

  11. It seems that the repubs are still under the trace of the Reagan regime. Our president have been wide awake for 6 years and history will prove that in the short and long run of presidential accountability. If he was not, can’t even phantom the horrors our nation would be living under the Mitpublicians leadership.

  12. The fact that a man of color is smater then them and is very capable of being president of the USA and the most powerful man in the world, STILL drives them crazy. For 6 years they’ve been trying to convince the world that Barack Obama is inferior and incapable. Major Fail repubs. Major miscalculation

  13. It’s generally accepted that Speaker Boehner is an alcoholic lush, and will do anything to preserve his job, including selling out the interests of the country to the dictates of the Koch Brothers and the 1%.

    Here’s hoping his caucus boots him out of the Speaker ship, and into oblivion. The country can’t stand two more years of his cowardice.

    Gene

  14. I am quite sure you are a god fearing American who accepts gods word as law
    Leviticus 19:34
    The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

    Or was god wrong on this one?

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