When questioned during a Telemundo interview only last month covering deportations and immigration, Obama was unequivocal in his stances. He stated clearly he must follow the law on deportations no matter their unpopularity in the Hispanic community. When the interviewer asked a follow-up question about granting formal administrative relief to undocumented youth, Obama was adamant:
“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
I guess the President changed his mind. Anyone know if an election is coming up or something?
“There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future. This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run. Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem. And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.”
And remember who killed immigration reform in 2007: Senator Barack Obama.
Mitt Romney’s statement:
“I believe the status of young people who come here through no fault of their own is an important matter to be considered and should be solved on a longterm basis so they know what their future would be in this country. I think the action that the president took today makes it more difficult to reach that long term solution because an executive order is of course just a short term matter. It can be reversed by subsequent presidents. I’d like to see legislation that deals with this issue, and I happen to agree with Marco Rubio as he would consider this issue.”