After Presidente Obama threatened to show Americans that he had ‘steel’ to stand up against his detractors and pen an executive order on immigration this summer, Obama showed us the weak president we have all grown accused to seeing.Obama announced that he was not going to make any decision on immigration reform until after this year’s mid-term elections.
“The truth of the matter is that the politics did shift midsummer because of that (immigration) problem .” –President Barack Obama
The President’s strictly political play on immigration has even angered some of his staunches pro-amnesty for illegal alien supporters, including Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Florida Democrat Congressman Joe Garcia, who is entangled in a heated re-election race against Republican congressional nominee, Carlos Curbelo.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who has been eviscerated by the conservative grassroots for his past support of the Senate “Gang of Ocho” immigration reform bill, stated on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” that Obama’s hedge on immigration was “definitely political.”
Rubio also added that his 2013 Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill turned out to be a disaster that “didn’t work,” and to this day, does not have enough support.
Last year we tried to do that through a one-size-fits-all, comprehensive immigration approach, it didn’t work, we don’t have the support for that.-Senator Rubio, CBS’ “Face the Nation”
One of the biggest, if the not the biggest, supporters of legal immigration reform, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R), added his two cents about the looming Obama executive action, which will probably come in early 2015.
“The President is proposing to repeal, through executive action, the lawful protections to which every American worker is entitled. His action would allow millions of illegal immigrants to instantly take precious jobs from struggling American workers, unemployed American workers by the millions, in every sector of the economy.”-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Let’s keep stacking more bodies of disappointment on top of Obama’s immigration reform hedge.
Here is the Libre Initiative’s Daniel Garza take on Obama’s move:
“Listening to President Obama make his case for executive action one was led to believe that he was driven by a deep-seated conviction that he was acting on behalf of those seeking to come out of the shadows – and to place the dignity of the individual above all. He said he wanted to do what was best for the nation’s economy, to alleviate market forces and honor the integrity of borders. Instead, he is driven strictly by political outcomes.
His latest indecision also further undermines the trust of the American people – which has been reflected in his falling approval rating – and erodes any hope of a permanent, bipartisan immigration solution during this administration.
Reform advocates understand that the best outcome has always been to work with Congress to enact permanent changes in law, rather than issue risky unilateral orders that could be overturned by the courts or by a future president – and that also come with serious unintended consequences. We stand ready to work with the president if he is willing to make a good faith effort.
In the meantime, it’s disappointing – but not surprising – that the president is again putting political considerations first. That’s what he has done all along – ever since he broke his promise to propose legislation in his first year in office. Six years later, that’s still what he’s doing.”-Daniel Garza, Executive Director of the Libre Initiative