While giving a somewhat condescending speech on immigration in Chicago, President Obama said that out of the entire population of the United States, only “some” Native Americans can object to immigration, the UK Independent said Thursday. According to Christopher Hooton, Obama tried to place his executive amnesty “within a great American tradition of welcoming foreigners.”
“If you look at the history of immigration in this country, each successive wave there have been periods where the folks who were already here have said, ‘Well I don’t want those folks,'” Obama said. “Even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans.” The president did not specify which Native Americans he was referring to.
The comment drew applause from the audience. Obama continued, saying it was “fitting” he should make the statement in Chicago, calling it a “city of immigrants.”
He still wasn’t finished lecturing the country, saying that Americans should not favor other Americans over foreigners. “Sometimes we get attached to our particular tribe, our particular race, our particular religion, and then we start treating other folks differently,” he said. That, he added, “has been a bottleneck to how we think about immigration.”
Obama’s executive order granting a form of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is not sitting well with Republicans who call it the action of an emperor, not a president. It also doesn’t go far enough for some immigration activists who apparently want nothing less than complete amnesty for all illegal immigrants and open borders.
Pro-amnesty hecklers interrupted Obama, shouting, “Not one more,” and “Stop deportations!” A woman on stage behind Obama stood up and displayed a sign that read, “Obama Stop Deportations Now,” with the word “now” in red.
After listening, Obama responded, asking hecklers to stop yelling. He then attacked their arguments.
“What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law, so that’s point No. 1,” he said. “Point No. 2, the way the change in the law works is that we’re reprioritizing how we enforce our immigration laws generally.”
“The point is that though I understand why you might have yelled at me a month ago, although I disagree with some of your characterizations, it doesn’t make much sense to yell at me right now when we’re making changes,” he added. “But the point is, let’s make sure that you get the facts and that you know exactly what we’re doing.”
“I’ve been respectful,” Obama told hecklers. “I responded to your question. I’d ask you now to let me speak to all the other people who are here. All right?”
It’s not the first time Obama has face criticism from supporters of amnesty. The president was heckled while speaking on the topic in Las Vegas last week after announcing his order. He acknowledged the heckler, saying his executive amnesty is only “the first step” in his plan on immigration.