Obama Calls Republican Behavior Un-American While Slamming GOP Immigrant Bashing

obama republicans unamerican immigrant bashing

President Obama is speaking his mind, and he isn’t holding anything back. The President took Republicans to task during a town hall in Iowa for their un-American immigrant bashing behavior.


The President said:

And this whole anti-immigrant sentiment that’s out there in our politics right now is contrary to who we are. Because unless you are a Native American, your family came from someplace else. And although we are a nation of laws and we want people to follow the law, and we have been working — and I’ve been pushing Congress to make sure that we have strong borders and we are keeping everybody moving through legal processes — don’t pretend that somehow 100 years ago the immigration process was all smooth and strict and — that’s not how it worked.

There are a whole bunch of folks who came here from all over Europe and all throughout Asia and all throughout Central America and all — and certainly who came from Africa, who it wasn’t some orderly process where all the rules applied and everything was strict, and I came the right way. That’s not how it worked.

So the notion that now, suddenly, that one generation or two generations, or even four or five generations removed, that suddenly we are treating new immigrants as if they’re the problem, when your grandparents were treated like the problem, or your great-grandparents were treated like the problem, or were considered somehow unworthy or uneducated or unwashed — no. That’s not who we are. It’s not who we are.

We can have a legitimate debate about how to set up an immigration system that is fair and orderly and lawful. And I think the people who came here illegally should have the consequences of paying a fine and getting registered, and all kinds of steps that they should have to take in order to get right with the law. But when I hear folks talking as if somehow these kids are different from my kids, or less worthy in the eyes of God, that somehow they are less worthy of our respect and consideration and care — I think that’s un-American. I do not believe that. I think it is wrong. And I think we should do better. Because that’s how America was made — by us caring about all our kids.

Logic and facts have no impact on Republicans, so maybe calling out their racism disguised as fake patriotism will have an impact. President Obama was correct. Republicans aren’t engaging in a legitimate debate. A debate on immigration policy has been replaced by a furthering of the centuries old ugly American tradition of immigrant bashing.

Obama is speaking his mind. The rhetoric that Republicans are engaging in is an attempt to hide the real source of the nation’s problems. Republicans are blaming immigrants to hide their role and responsibility for the nation’s problems. As Bernie Sanders said, “It was not undocumented people in this country whose greed and recklessness on Wall Street drove us into the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. It wasn’t undocumented people in this country who got us into a war in Iraq that we never should have gotten into. It wasn’t undocumented people in this country who gave huge tax breaks to billionaires and are fighting to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. And I think they’re being used as a punching bag, and I resent that.”

The Republican behavior is embarrassing and very un-American. Luckily, we have a president who will not allow the promotion of hatred and bigotry without pushing back.

14 Replies to “Obama Calls Republican Behavior Un-American While Slamming GOP Immigrant Bashing”

  1. I am glad to see the President tell it like it is. It’s to bad you will not hear a word of this on the news tonight. This is some thing the people should hear.

  2. Latinos hold broadly negative views of Donald Trump and see him as harmful to the image of the Republican Party, a new poll shows. […]
    The poll found 70% of Latinos hold negative views of Trump — including 60% who said they have a “very negative” impression of the front-runner in the GOP’s 2016 presidential race. That’s compared to 55% of U.S. residents and just 28% of Republicans who view Trump negatively.

    Almost two-thirds of Latinos surveyed — 65% — say Trump is hurting the image of the Republican Party, while just 13% say he is helping the party.

  3. True patriotic ADULT Americans with common sense work WITH and try to improve Government. Infantile TREASONOUS un-patriotic “muricuns” try to destroy the government. The Reich Wing hates government because they cannot control it and when they do have control they destroy democracy and call it “freedom”.

  4. This President has no more campaigns to run.

    Before it’s all over, President Obama will have a chance to nominate another SCOTUS, close Guantanamo and apologize for slavery.

  5. Absolutely everything he’s saying is true, but it won’t matter to Rethugs….they clearly don’t give a shit about anybody but themselves and their own well-being.

    I heard some RWNJ’s bragging about how many Hispanics were at the Texas rally supporting Trump. Of course, there was going to be some. Texas is a huge state with a buttload of Latinos. There’s always going to be weirdos that don’t care about their own people as long as THEY’RE safe, but they are NOT the majority.

  6. You cant have a legitimate debate with a two year old. The gop is nothing but tantrumming toddlers who are unable to control their emotions and their mouths.

  7. …and how sad is it that he has to say it at all……

    And we up here in the great white north are not immune. White supremacists have recruited students at Toronto universities to start a White Students Union. Fortunately, the universities investigated them and said “No way. Take your discriminatory behaviours someplace else. They don’t belong in halls of learning”.

  8. I do not believe the rethugs have changed. Trump is just revealing what this party really is, has been and will continue to be. The thug party from the beginning has been anti-black, anti-freedom thinking. For the rich, war, and keeping down “Lower classes”(according to them).This party has hated the fact, the “lower class” has been educated. After all educated people think for themselves. Nor do they like and admire
    the rich, just because they may be rich.
    Because, my family has been involved in the Resort business, I have met and know a lot of rich people. Some are nice, others you would like to stomp in the ground.

  9. Why limit it to immigrants? The GOP has been the most unAmerican hate group since the start of the tea party. Think about it, they have blocked all efforts to improve the economy at every turn and have done zero to create any jobs. Their willfull inaction has purposefully hurt Americans and American society. The rich however, they’re doing just fine.

  10. Seems like the most rabid anti-immigrant idiots are themselves 1st or 2nd generation, like almost everyone at Fox…My ancestry goes back at least to 1642.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.