On Thursday evening, President Barack Obama delivered a White House address announcing his executive action that will give nearly five million illegal immigrants temporary work permits and amnesty. The White House is spinning that Obama’s unilateral action is not “amnesty” and that it will “ensure that everyone plays by the same rules,” according to a fact sheet and excerpts of Obama’s speech that have been released.
Though Obama is rewarding illegal immigrants who entered the country unlawfully with his executive amnesty, the White House, in its fact sheet below, declares that Obama’s executive action will “ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.”
Jeb Bush pushes for comprehensive amnesty legislation:
“President Obama’s ill-advised unilateral action on illegal immigration undermines all efforts to forge a permanent solution to this crisis. Action must come in the form of bipartisan comprehensive reform passed through Congress. President Obama has once again put divisive and manipulative politics before the sober leadership and sound laws required of an exceptional nation. It is time for Republican leaders in Congress to act. We must demonstrate to Americans we are the Party that will tackle serious challenges and build broad-based consensus to achieve meaningful reforms for our citizens and our future.”
From Matt Boyle: Democrats Not Happy with Obama Executive Amnesty
CNN’s Jake Tapper says several Senate Democrats are not happy with Obama’s executive amnesty order. Tapper said he’s gotten “expressions of concern about POTUS action from Dems” including Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). Sen. Angus King (I-ME), an independent who caucuses with Democrats, also expressed opposition to Obama’s amnesty order.
Before the election, Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Al Franken (D-MN), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) all came out against it too. This number of Democrats and independents is enough to overcome the 60-vote threshold for cloture to block Obama’s executive amnesty with funding orders, if the Democrats who said they’re against it are serious.
From Caroline May: Texas Attorney General and Governor-Elect Greg Abbott said Thursday in a statement he is prepared to move forward with a legal challenge against President Obama’s executive amnesty:
“President Obama has circumvented Congress and deliberately bypassed the will of the American people, eroding the very foundation of our nation’s Constitution and bestowing a legacy of lawlessness. Texans have witnessed firsthand the costs and consequences caused by President Obama’s dictatorial immigration policy and now we must work together toward a solution in fixing our broken immigration system. Following tonight’s pronouncement, I am prepared to immediately challenge President Obama in court, securing our state’s sovereignty and guaranteeing the rule of law as it was intended under the Constitution.”
Pro-Amnesty Advocates Chanting ‘Gracias President Obama’ & ‘Si Se Pudo (Yes We Could)’ in from of White House:
According to pool reports, the pro-amnesty advocates are “holding American signs and flags that say ‘Gracias President Obama'” and ‘some are also holding ‘United We Dream’ signs.'”
Obama’s Speech, as Prepared for Delivery:
My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration.
For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities – people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose.
But today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it.
Families who enter our country the right way and play by the rules watch others flout the rules. Business owners who offer their workers good wages and benefits see the competition exploit undocumented immigrants by paying them far less. All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America.