President Obama’s speech to the nation on immigration Thursday night was intellectually dishonest. President Obama played on America’s heart strings while telling the American people less than the full truth.
Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law. But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President, the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican Presidents before me, that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just.
That paragraph admits that the right way to do this is enacting legislation. That necessarily means he’s ignoring the People’s House, aka the House of Representatives. When a president signs an executive order saying that he won’t deport illegal aliens, that isn’t prosecutorial discretion. That’s stopping a step shy of granting illegal aliens amnesty.
When a president says that half the people who are in the nation illegally can stay indefinitely, that’s the equivalent of rewriting the federal immigration statutes.
It’s time to bust the myth that President Reagan’s actions were the same as President Obama’s. President Reagan worked with Congress in 1986 to enact, then sign, the Simpson-Mazzoli Act. In 2008, President Obama told immigration activists that immigration reform would be his top priority. Then he ignored immigration for the next 6 years.
President Obama doesn’t want a solution. He wants the issue as a billy club to use against Republicans. Period.
This part of the speech is especially dishonest:
Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable, especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why, over the past six years, deportations of criminals are up 80 percent. And that’s why we’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mother who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day.
It’s important to note that the deportations statistic is dishonest. Prior to the Obama administration, criminals already inside the United States were the only people counted in the deportation statistics. Starting with the Obama administration, people caught at the border and immediately returned to Mexico are also counted as criminal deportations.
If the Bush administration used the same method as the Obama administration did, Obama’s deportation statistics would look feeble compared with Bush’s deportation statistics.
Then there’s this:
And to those Members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill. I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution. And the day I sign that bill into law, the actions I take will no longer be necessary.
That’s dishonest, too. President Obama hasn’t worked with both parties and both houses of congress. That’s a verifiable, indisputable, fact. Further, when President Obama tells Congress that the way to stop him from implementing his unconstitutional executive action is to “pass a bill”, he’s admitting that what he’s doing requires legislation.
Finally, there’s this final bit of dishonesty:
Jim Avila of ABC asked, “In 2010, when asked by immigration reform advocates to stop deportations and act alone on providing legal status for the undocumented, you said, ‘I’m president, I’m not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.’ In 2013, you said, ‘I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.’ Mr. President, what has changed since then?”
Obama replied: “Well, actually, my position hasn’t changed. When I was talking to the advocates, their interest was in me, through executive action, duplicating the legislation that was stalled in Congress.
According to Politifact, President Obama’s statement is rated as false.