In a statement put out from Leader Pelosi’s office, the Democratic House Minority Leader praised the President for taking action where Republicans failed to act, referring to President Obama’s Thursday evening announcement on executive action he’s going to take on immigration reform.
Leader Pelosi went through the shameful threats Republicans have been making against President Obama for doing what all modern presidents before him have done, and then urged people not to listen to Republicans on immigration reform, saying we “welcome President Obama’s meaningful, courageous and imminent action.”
The statement from the Democratic Leader’s office:
Tonight, the President will outline his plan to help fix our broken immigration system and secure our future – showing strong leadership where Republicans have failed to act. But all House Republicans know is distraction, obstruction and dysfunction, so their reaction to the President’s immigration actions shouldn’t come as a surprise:
They’re threatening to shut down the government - again.
Their own leaders aren’t taking any action off the table - no matter how extreme.
The radical, anti-immigrant voices in their Conference are once again the loudest – and this time, they’re calling undocumented immigrants “illiterate.”
Even worse, House Republicans now have the nerve to suggest that, if only the President would hold off on taking action, they’ll finally come to the table and work with Democrats to fix our immigration system. It’s as if they expect the American people to totally forget their obstructive record.
On immigration reform, don’t listen to House Republicans. Because they’re certainly not listening to the American people. It’s time to act, and we welcome President Obama’s meaningful, courageous and imminent action.
As the nation listens to President Obama give his announcement tonight (and they won’t be doing it on major network TV since all the networks refused to carry his address), consider that the President has waited 511 days for House Republicans to act on the bipartisan immigration reform bill sent to them by the Senate.
Republicans have always had the power to stop the President from taking executive action, as the President prefers to see the law actually changed via Congress. But something must be done, and it’s become clear that Republicans won’t do it.
Instead, Republicans call the President names like they’re in preschool. They threaten him with impeachment and prison and generally make fools of themselves. This is a sad display of a party that can’t or won’t govern. Instead of solutions, all Republicans have are more witch hunts, lawsuits, and nasty names. These are the actions of a party without ideas.
Meanwhile, the nation welcomes someone finally doing something about our immigration problem, and if it has to be the President, so be it. If it was good enough for Reagan to do, it should be good enough for Obama in Republican eyes.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA.
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