Obama calls Romney's immigration stance "troublesome"

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Mr.Monkey wrote:

Too much campaigning but not working. Why he’s getting paid. But anyway vote for him 2012!!!

Apr 15, 2012 11:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chazz wrote:

During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Obama was interviewed by Univision’s Jorge Ramos, a prominent voice within the Latin American community. During that interview, Obama said he would pursue immigration reform aggressively saying, “I cannot guarantee that it is going to be in the first 100 days but what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.”

It was Obama who set that timetable but, well into his second year, no comprehensive immigration reform measure supported by Obama had been introduced in Congress.

In April 2009, when asked about the one-year deadline, Obama said that he saw the “process moving this first year.” In June 2009, he assigned Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to begin putting together a comprehensive immigration reform framework, and in September 2009, he said that he anticipated “that before the year is out we will have draft legislation, along with sponsors potentially in the House and the Senate who are ready to move this forward, and when we come back next year, that we should be in a position to start acting.”

Alas, history shows the year came to an end with no Obama-endorsed bill in sight. On December 15, 2009, Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez introduced a bill of his own, but a spokesman for the Center for Immigration Studies said that Obama administration had not promoted or publicly supported Gutierrez’s bill.

Over the course of 2010, Obama continued to push for immigration reform in his speeches. He mentioned it in his State of the Union address and announced in March that Senators Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., finished working on a bipartisan framework “to fix our broken immigration system.” That was followed by a release of a 26-page immigration reform proposal in April, which the President called a “a very important step.”

Finally, Obama, (forced by actions taken in Arizona because of his administration’s inaction,) reiterated his call for bipartisan reform in a major speech at American University on July 1, 2010. Reading from his teleprompter Obama said, “In recent days, the issue of immigration has become once more a source of fresh contention in our country, with the passage of a controversial law in Arizona and the heated reactions we’ve seen across America. Some have rallied behind this new policy. Others have protested and launched boycotts of the state. And everywhere, people have expressed frustration with a system that seems fundamentally broken.” How insightful.

In 2008 Obama promised to strongly support a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would be introduced during his first year in office. As president, he has repeatedly called for reform and several immigration-related bills are pending in Congress. But we’re at the end of four years of the Obama presidency, and all that we’ve seen are proposals and frameworks, no actual bills. Unless the White House has a time machine that we don’t know about, this is a Promise Broken.

Now he’s trying the same shtick again. Is America…or…are Americans blind to the games this man plays? We’ll see in November….

Apr 15, 2012 2:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

“Obama calls Romney’s immigration stance “troublesome”

Well, okay, I call your health care reform and handling of the economy “idiotic”, and “incompetent”.

Apr 15, 2012 10:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Gen wrote:

Mr. President

I voted for you in 08 and I will not make that mistake a second time. You promised to change Washington and be a leader for this country. You delivered more of the same left socialist efforts as your fellow progressives. You are a master politician that will promise anything to anyone to buy votes.
Once again we are faced with an election of 2 bad choices….Mr. President you will not be my choice this time.

ILLEGAL Immigration….people that break the law should not be rewarded for breaking the law…whether that is bankers on Wall Street or that is illegal immigrants in this country or Treasury Secretaries in Washington that did not pay their taxes…

Apr 16, 2012 6:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

@Chazz: It is hardly surprising if Obama was demanding a bipartisan bill: he must have known it would become a political issue for him no matter what kind of reforms he enacted. Immigration is a fundamentally a troublesome issue with strongly valid arguments on both sides of the debate. In the extreme case, the choice is between:
1* Kick out hard-working immigrants, split families up and depress the housing market for “justice” and the rule of law, or
2* Punish the hard-working law-abiding citizens who chose to play by the rules, by giving “amnesty” to illegal immigrants.
A sensible compromise is to give immigrants a choice to redeem themselves or go home. If illegal immigrants damage the American economy or cultural cohesiveness, give them a way to repair the damage they do. Create a way for illegal immigrants to earn the legal right to live in America and enjoy its freedoms; or, create real opportunities for them to go home to their countries of origin taking their families with them, to act as good-will ambassadors of American values within the countries they return to. Make it possible for character witnesses to sponsor the legalisation of currently illegal immigrants.

If I was American, I would prefer a practical Romney compromise NOW (an ACTUAL BILL) rather than another four years of stalling and politicking from Obama on this increasingly urgent issue…

Apr 16, 2012 7:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
texoman wrote:

@Chazz- Obama made this promise in good faith, but after being elected he faced the financual collapse of this country thanks to 8 yrs. of G.W. Bush and the Republican economic stupidity! Did you forget? The Republicans have shot down all efforts concerning Immigration! If you really want an Immigration Bill (I suspect you don’t and your just a right wing idiot) vote for Obama and give him enough votes in Congress to pass this important bill. A President Romney would never sign this bill!

Apr 16, 2012 1:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:

@texoman–Obama had a supermajority when he took office and he chose to waste it on Obamacare. He failed to keep his promise of immigration reform. Wny would it be any different this time around? Republicans gained control of the House starting in 2011. You can’t blame them for Obama’s failure to address immigration reform. Blame Bush and blame the Republicans is not going to work this time around. And by the way, Obama’s policies have not improved the economy. He has us an additional 5 trillion in debt during his first 3 years in office.

Apr 16, 2012 4:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WarrensGoff wrote:

Who knows what Romney’s stance in on anything. He will say anything to anyone and change his opinion depending on who he is trying to please. Don’t worry, his stance on immigration will change repeatedly.

Apr 19, 2012 9:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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