This Date in Obama’s Administrative Amnesty: August 10, 2009

This Date in Obama's Administrative AmnestyAt a press conference in Mexico during his first year in office, on August 10, 2009, President Obama said that he would push an amnesty bill through Congress. He predicted that before the year was over draft legislation would be moving forward, but that such legislation would have to wait to become law until the next year, 2010, after health care, energy, and financial regulatory reform. The President, who at the time had an approval rating of 54%, said:

Am I going to be able to snap my fingers and get this done? No. This is going to be difficult. It’s going to require bipartisan cooperation. There are going to be demagogues out there who try to suggest that any form of pathway for legalization for those who are already in the United States is unacceptable. And those are fights that I’d have to have if my poll numbers are at 70 or if my poll numbers are at 40. That’s just the nature of the U.S. immigration debate.”

Of course, the President’s legislative plans did not proceed as he had foreseen. He spent the rest of the year and much of the next pushing through only his health care bill, arriving at energy and financial regulatory reform not long before the 2010 elections, at which point the Democrats lost their majority in the House, and with it the ability to ram through immigration legislation without Republican input.

Now the President, whose poll numbers are indeed hovering near 40, no longer believes that he can convince Republicans to give him his way on immigration. But rather than accept the verdict of democracy, the President has decided that granting mass amnesty does not “require bipartisan cooperation,” after all.  Rather, he has decided he will simply snap his fingers and “get this done.” Pro amnesty advocates such has the National Council of La Raza say that they expect him to take unilateral action at the end of the summer, prior to Congress’ return from recess on September 8.  Americans therefore should find out in a few weeks just how far the President means to go in acting unilaterally, unless the public’s strong opposition convinces him to wait until the November midterms are safely past before revealing the full extent of his planned executive amnesty.

Read more at FAIR’s President Obama’s Record of Dismantling Immigration Enforcement.

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  1. avatar

    How richly ironic that this president would stand on Mexican soil and cast as “demagogues” those people in this country who don’t want to reward those who entered here illegally. In Mexico it’s not even debatable. In fact, the Mexican constitution discriminates against even legal immigrants. Quotes are from the Mexican constitution.

    “In order to belong to the National Navy or the Air Force, and to discharge any office or commission, it is required to be a Mexican by birth. This same status is indispensable for captains, pilots, masters, engineers, and in general for all personnel of the crew of any vessel or airship protected by the Mexican merchant flag or insignia.”

    That is just one of a list of many occupations and political offices forbidden to those not born in Mexico. We have one such prohibition. The presidency.

    It also says that “foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.” So all those demonstrations here by illegals demanding citizenship? Not happening in Mexico. And foreigners may be barred from entry if their presence “upsets the equilibrium of the national demographics”. So it’s fine if Mexico wants to stay a Spanish speaking Latino majority country, but the US can’t claim to want to be an English speaking European descent majority country.

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        So you don’t want to be like Mexico, but you want to legalize their citizens who came here and flouted numerous laws and then demand to be made citizens of this country? I disagree. And don’t you find it ironic that the president would stand in that country and attack our citizens who want one thing only, and that’s for our laws to be obeyed?

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          John WInthrop on

          You got it all mixed up as usual………….if you want the US to be like Mexico then move to Mexico.

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            That’s the last thing I want, but apparently you do because you think their citizens should be able to move here illegally and then be given citizenship. I was merely pointing out the hypocrisy of a country that lectures us about the “rights” of their citizens who are here without permission and yet they openly discriminate. And the hypocrisy of the leader of our country standing on foreign soil and casting those who don’t want to legalize illegal entry as “demagogues”.

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            You find demagogues everywhere…..look at our politicians…….apparently The People wanted the illegals so now we have this issue. Also, In 2001 Bush was going to close the loop on the 245(i) until 9/11…so The People & Gov still did not put the time…….2014…11M which most have been here 10 years +…….it is not what I want or you think I want……………………….

            It will be what it will be despite what you and I want. Most likely some tye of legalization for most.

            Last, that is why you and I live here……………….

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      Non-Mexican Citizens Can’t Own Land In Mexico Either

      So if you retire cheap in Mexico your family gets no inheretance after you die, RE: your retirement home there.