Obama Shreds Republicans And Promises To Veto Bill Overturning Immigration Executive Action

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President Obama delivered an impressive performance at the immigration town hall at FIU. The president shredded Republicans for opposing immigration reform while promising to veto any bill that overturns his immigration executive actions.

The president made it clear that House Republicans are responsible for blocking immigration reform and promised to veto Mitch McConnell’s Senate bill to overturn his immigration executive actions.

The president said:

And for over six years, now, I’ve been calling on the Republicans to work with us to pass a comprehensive fix that would strengthen our borders, that would make sure that businesses have the workforce that they needed, aboveboard, not paying them under the table, not depriving them of things like overtime or workers’ rights, and that we provided a pathway for people to earn their way into a legal status and ultimately citizenship.

And to their credit, members of the Senate passed a bipartisan bill, overwhelmingly. But the House Republicans blocked it. They refused to even allow it to get on the floor for a vote. What I did, then, was to say I’m going to use all of the authority that I have as the chief executive of the United States, as well as Commander-in-Chief, to try to make sure that we are prioritizing our immigration system a lot smarter than we’ve been doing. And what that means is, is that instead of focusing on families, we’re going to focus on felons. We’re going to strengthen our borders, which is what people are concerned about.


So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do. And in the meantime, we’re going to continue to pursue all legal avenues to make sure that we have a country in which we are respecting not only the law, because we’re a nation of laws, but we’re also respecting the fact that we’re a nation of immigrants.

Obama repeatedly reminded viewers that House Republicans had a chance to pass immigration reform, but they refused to do it. If Republicans had passed the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, the president’s executive actions would not have never happened.

The idea that Republicans would support immigration reform, but now won’t because of the president’s executive actions is completely absurd. The one lesson from the immigration town hall is that Democrats have a giant advantage with Latino voters because of their position on immigration. The president is pressing his advantage as Republicans can’t stop digging themselves deeper into the hole that they have created by refusing to support comprehensive immigration reform.

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61 Replies to “Obama Shreds Republicans And Promises To Veto Bill Overturning Immigration Executive Action”

  1. So let me get the proposition Obama has now laid before Congress straight: In order to protect this nation against violent Isil jihadists, Congress has to authorize amnesty for millions of illegal aliens presently living in this country. Does that make any kind of sense to real Americans who love this country and its people, or more like the actions of a megalomaniac, unwilling to admit he is wrong?

    Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Center for Security Policy (CSP) released through email to the media a damaging and serious national security concern report that exposes that a U.S. House Intelligence Committee member, Rep. André Carson (D-IN) has extensive ties the terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood. CSP stated that Carson is a potential national security risk and/or a vehicle for Islamist Influence Operations in the U.S.

  2. Watching the Town Hall meeting right now. Happy with what I am hearing. Good questions and PBO is listening and making things very clear what is happening.

  3. Pat Robertson told viewers why the President has pulled this stunt. So 10 to 20 million will suddenly be able to vote Democrat and give Mexico power over American politics and put the government firmly in the hands of left wing progressives. They can’t speak English, hold a job to bad we’re going to give them driver’s licenses, health care, and free education. If people don’t wake up to this fact we will be dictated by Mexico. He had a bunch of clips of GOP congressman opinions. Of course no Democratics.
    This and him and his program of daily hateful lies against President Obama proves he is just another bought and paid for GOP propaganda program. People actually ask for his advice and call in for prayer from this evil guy.

  4. I thought the President was terrific. Forceful, fiery, not taking any crap, calling out repubs by name, challenging them….Also loved how he was firm yet fair when he said people want him to do more, but don’t vote.

  5. The POTUS executive order is a legacy to his inability to creatively get the people’s house to follow. A great leader would have little trouble with this dilemma.

  6. The man has shredded nothing but the united states itself both domestically and globally.

    A people get the government they deserve. Americans couldn’t take a hint in 2007 this individual’s presidency was endorsed by both hamas and communist party usa. The results have actually been slightly worse than I envisioned even then, though my outlook was bleak.

    In truth, obama is not the problem. Without the army of fools and the fawning brainless media like this one feeding them pablum, the man is just a fool himself. Long ago he should have been told to shut up and go sit in the corner.

  7. The Congress makes the laws.

    The President enforces them.

    In this case the President is not enforcing the law, he’s trying to sidestep Congress and the law for his own ends.

    If the President wants a law passed he has the same options that you or I have, draft a bill and try to find a Congressman to introduce it and have it made into law.

    That’s how the U.S. political system is designed to work. Checks and balances.

  8. “If Republicans had passed the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, the president’s executive actions would not have never happened.”

    That is a double negative. Wow.
    Much editorial.

  9. The President’s job is to enforce the laws of the nation, not make them. Under his watch, the country is now in massive debt and the countries enemies encircle a weak Divided States of America. He will go down as the worst, most corrupt President ever.

  10. To be exact, the President executes the law (enforcement is not the same concept). As long as Congress makes no new laws, he executes the existing ones, according to his sound discretion.

  11. You’re daft, John. Where you get your data to back up your claims are beyond me–SOMEONE had to pay for two illegal, more-than-a-decade-long wars & Mr. Bush added over 6 Trillion dollars to our deficit with his TWO tax-cuts for the rich (2001 & 2003, his Medicare Part “D” boondoggle which was a 660 Billion dollar giveaway to big Pharma, and his 780 Billion dollar bailout to the banks; he never had either war on his books, yet we know that the war in Afghanistan ALONE was costing us 2 Billion a month. Who do you think paid for that? Do you recognize that, according to the CBO, our annu7al budget deficit sits at 563 Billion a year…it was 1.4 Trillion dollars the day Obama took office–that’s over two-thirds LESS than what he inherited. Commondreams.com has these figures, and you can check politifact.com for verification; so I guess my question to you is–how do you figure?

  12. Illegal immigration by Hispanic Roman Catholics is the openly published satanic stratagem for a protected and promoted organized army of pawns for invasion and conquest of liberal, “whig,” Jeffersonian America, Isaiah’s foretold “Zion,” the “New Israel,” God’s “Promised Land.”

    Rome’s confidence is so great all patriots can read the enumerated plan Vatican banker-intermediary Rothschilds’ puppet Obama is following: http://www.amazon.com/National-Publication-Publishing-Promotion-Conference/dp/1555861997/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397039399&sr=8-1&keywords=National+Pastoral+Plan+for+Hispanic+Ministry

  13. Let’s put some perspective on this rant….

    – Just 26% of likely voters are in favor of Obama’s plan

    – Only 24% think the president has the legal authority to grant amnesty to these illegal immigrants without Congress’ approval.

    – Consistent with surveying for years, two-out-of-three voters (67%) think securing the border to prevent future illegal immigration should come before amnesty is granted for some illegal immigrants already in this country.

    – Just 26% believe amnesty should come first.

    (figures provided by Rasmussen Report)

  14. This Is What Republican Control Of Congress Looks Like

    WASHINGTON — For John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, the honeymoon is over.

    The 114th Congress was supposed to be a Golden Era for the Republicans to flex their muscle in the twilight of Barack Obama’s presidency with their largest congressional majority in generations.

    But the relationship between the emotional and jocular House speaker and the chilly and introverted Senate majority leader is already strained less than two months into the new era of Republican control.
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  15. No, you’re not even close.

    Then again, given your Palinesque word-salad there’s no indication that you ever wanted (or had the ability) to be close.

    So, Skippy, head back over to HotAir, RedState, DailyCaller, etc. where your radical right-wing rabblerousing will go over much better.

  16. If you give credence to anything Pat Robertson says and you think that Mexico will be “dictating us” [sic], then your IQ is in the negative integers. Now go and look up the definition of “integers”.

    P.S. Your English isn’t so good either. I’m not sure you’re an American.

  17. Amnesty can be described as “giving something for nothing”. This is not what The Obama Administration Immigration Initiatives are. The fact is, that The Applicants must Apply, Pass Background Checks, and Meet Other Requirements, which is To Pay an Application Fee of $465. This is “inconsistent with what Amnesty implies by Definition”.

  18. I think the last couple lines of that post show that Jo was outraged by the lies Pat was telling, not freaking out because they believed him.

    But I could be wrong. I’m waiting on my first round of meds to kick in. [WINK]

  19. Mitch McConnell in October 2010 stated “that his Primary Goal in The Next Congress was to make President Obama a One-Term President”. I think it’s pretty hard “to bring along” Republicans when “they have already decided to obstruct and derail” any Legislative Platform The President brings “Forward”. What is John Boehner’s excuse?

  20. The Rasmussen is somewhat notorious for being to the right.

    Here is a link to the PollingReport.com which list polls taken by CNN, ABC News /Washington Post and other organization on certain dates. Most of them show that there is a significant difference between your Rasmussen Report and these various other polls.


  21. The fact is,
    The fact is…
    some people seem to think that amnesty is not amnesty as long as you throw in a few fig-leaf requirements in order to receive it. (And don’t think for a minute there is no requirement for amnesty that the President can’t ignore or dilute unilaterally, as he has already ignored and diluted existing immigration laws.)

    Amnesty- lite is still amnesty.
    Calling it “not amnesty” doesn’t make it so.

    And we here at Rightwingextremist HQ want to know when exactly did amnesty become this arcane concept?

  22. Saying you are a goat fuker doesn’t mean its true but maybe you are a goat fuker lite. But you know who did give full blown amnesty. I give you one guess

  23. Saying you are a goat fuker doesn’t mean its true but maybe you are a goat fuker lite.
    What? You want to talk about goats?

    Okay then. At one time I had a neighbor that had a goat. Most onerous creature I’ve ever come across. Well, except for that hockey player once.

    But you know who did give full blown amnesty. I give you one guess

    I know that you know better than that.

  24. ……
    Low-Wage Immigration is bad for “Working People” (AKA “Little People”). Working people are the people Liberal Democrats profess to protect. Of course the Left-Wing actaully hates the Middle Class, contrary to their blather about wanting to protect Wroking People.


  25. Mr. Farrar, unlike Republicans, our President can do MANY things at once.

    Your GOP can’t even walk and chew gum at the same time.

    Thank goodness for President Obama.

  26. I see the right wing idjits are out of school this morning. I’d lay pretty good odds that none of them — zero — actually watched the Town Hall last night. They’re relying strictly on what FOX has told them about what the President said.

    Hence, the major cognitive dissonance of their posts this morning.

    Either that, or they’re just plain stupid.

  27. President Obama supported The Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill ( S.744). He managed to get the Comprehensive Bi-Partisan Immigration Bill, which was a collaborated effort by The Gang of Eight – 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans – it passed The Senate on June 27th,2013 by a vote of 68-32, in which 14 Republicans crossed the aisle with all The Democrats in Favor. John Boehner and The House Republicans “failed” to bring this Legislation “up on the Floor for a Vote” (it was sitting in The House for over 1 year). It’s Boehner and The House Republicans “who have failed to Act To Pass a More Permanent Legislature Solution”. Like President Obama says, “Pass A Bill” then his “Executive Actions” will no longer be necessary.

  28. Comparing Busch to Obama, Busch may have the % but O has the $

    Barack Obama: Added $6.167 trillion, a 53% increase to the $11.657 trillion debt level attributable to President Bush at the end of his last budget, FY 2009.

    FY 2014 – $1.086 trillion.
    FY 2013 – $672 billion.
    FY 2012 – $1.276 trillion.
    FY 2011 – $1.229 trillion.
    FY 2010 – $1.652 trillion.
    FY 2009 – $253 billion. (Congress passed the Economic Stimulus Act, which spent $253 billion in FY 2009. This rare occurrence should be added to President Obama’s contribution to the debt.)

    George W. Bush: Added $5.849 trillion, a 101% increase to the $5.8 trillion debt level at the end of Clinton’s last budget, FY 2001.

    FY 2009 – $1.632 trillion. (Bush’s deficit without the impact of the Economic Stimulus Act).
    FY 2008 – $1.017 trillion.
    FY 2007 – $501 billion
    FY 2006 – $574 billion
    FY 2005 – $554 billion
    FY 2004 – $596 billion
    FY 2003 – $555 billion

  29. Obama has done this with an equally complicit congress as Busch did. Still Obama has done it with recently record high tax collections and he still has 2 more years to pad his record.

  30. Dumbass damn, I am getting tired of saying that, taxes under President Obama are lower since Eisenhower
    Barack Obama says taxes are lower today than under Reagan, Eisenhower

    And if that isn’t good enough for you
    Tax Burden for Most Americans Is Lower Than in the 1980s

  31. So WTF does tax rates under The President has to do with your local taxes? I though you were about states rights and what could be more 10th amendment than having your own rob you.

    BTW are you saying the government shouldn’t collect taxes?

  32. While I do not disagree with the off the books shenanigans, I am quite sure much of that continues through today. I do not think that the highly indebted college grads


    and the chronically unemployed


    and under employed


    would agree with this article.


  33. Then for the college students who are in debt place the blame where it belongs
    But while Obama talks about creating policies that will benefit the middle class, corporations like Sallie Mae are dedicated to preserving the status quo by showering Capitol Hill with cash.
    According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Sallie Mae has donated over $1.26 million to federal candidates and parties in the last four election cycles and bankrolled $1.93 million dollars lobbying Congress in the first half 2013.

  34. DJ I will try again. The federal government is collecting record high revenues while still running outlandish deficits. It can only do this if the Fed keeps interests rates at the ridiculously low levels. Because the last president was foolish enough to do this does not make OK for the current administration. Bankrupting the nation while stealing the savings of old people through artificially low interest rates is not sound economic policy.

    The article is a bit dated. The true test will be seeing if the stock market will continue to bubble up, helping mainly the 1%. The housing market has been at best flat as prices continue to rise, in some places to record highs. Good for those already in the game, very bad for first time home buyers.

    I would say the economic policies of our government are at best terrible. Of our President maybe only a little worse.


  35. the peoples house is currently led by cry baby children and it’s a romper room.

    The GOP has no ‘effin clue how to govern.

  36. The Reagan-Bush Debt is how much of the national debt of the United States is attributable to the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and
    the Republican fiscal policy of Borrow-And-Spend.

    As of Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:00:24PM CT,
    The Current ReaganBush Debt is:
    which means that in a total of 20 years,
    these three presidents have led to the creation of
    of the entire national debt
    in only 8.3682% of the 239 years of the existence of the United States of America. http://reaganbushdebt.org/

  37. I like the way Sally Mae spreads around the cash. As you put it the President “talks” about creating policies. That’s about all.


  38. hey dave. boy you righties are scary. didn’t you hear what the new top terror threat to the American homeland is? its not terrorists half a world away. the DHS just released a MAJOR homeland security report and it lists rightwing extremisms and rightwing extremists, which are people just like you dave, as the country’s top number one threat… and law enforcement on every level agrees with the DHS report. America knows who their enemies are and you and your GOP Koch Congress and the extreme rightwing base are America’s number one enemy. it is time to stand up to these rightwing bastards! you righties will not destroy my country with your hate.

  39. well America- this is what you get when republicans are in charge. the GOP gets a little victory and they think they own the country and try to pass the entire Koch brother agenda in the first couple of weeks of the new congress. I cannot imagine the pure horror and epic terror if their was republican president in the white house right now. what a nightmare! forget world war 3. if the GOP could have its way, we would be engaged in world war 6 by now.

  40. I cannot imagine the pure horror and epic terror if their was republican president in the white house right now.
    Look to Kansas and Wisconsin

  41. DJ,
    I do not think the Republican’s policies were any better, That’s like saying should I die in the fire or jump off the 50th floor. Neither choice is a good one.

    Deficits as a % of the GDP is a poor measurement,and that is with a suspect GDP number at best. If the economy slows its growth, and that appears to be happening, and interest rates move anywhere near to normal the deficit stands a chance of spiraling out of control. Fell free to blame the guy who has been out of office for 6 years, it makes no difference to me. The current policies are certainly not helping.

    Nice piece of propaganda Bernays would be proud.


  42. daft? Let’s skip the name calling Jim. Boston Bob has proven my point about the Presidents spending spree. One only has to look at these posts to see how the President has not tried to unite Americans, but divide them. Every American must hate every other American who has a different opinion. Even though it is our acceptance of diversity that made America great!
    Washington and our leaders are corrupt. Everyone in Washington is on the take. Our current President is starting the precedent that the rule of law is whatever you can get away with. Jim, this country is going downward and you are not helping much. The whole illegal immigration issue is not about people but about more money for big business, votes and taxes from new uneducated poor Americans. Who, according to the President and his party, must immediately hate 1/2 the population of America.

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