Posted by Curt on 14 November, 2014 at 11:43 am. 2 comments already!


Mike Miller:

As the debate rages on over President Obama’s reportedly imminent announcement that he will grant “deferred action” (de facto amnesty) to upwards of 5 million illegal immigrants, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday to weigh in.

The outspoken Congressman, famous for cutting to the chase, nailed the critical argument against Obama’s pending executive action in one question:

“[F]rom 2008 to 2010, when he had the House, the Senate and the White House, he didn’t do a damn thing about immigration, so why can’t he give the Republican House and Senate three months, six month, nine months, to do what he wasn’t able to do in two years?”

Excellent question. On two counts:

1. Why didn’t Obama pass immigration reform during his first two years in office, particularly after having made a campaign promise to do so, during his first year? 

Obama vowed in 2008 to “put comprehensive immigration reform back on the nation’s agenda during my first year in office.” But shortly after being sworn in, he began to back off the promise, telling reporters over a year later that what while immigration “reform” was still a “serious concern,” “we’ve got a lot on our plate right now.”

2. Why the urgency now? While not give the new Congress the opportunity to work together in a bipartisan manner to pass legislation?

Obama argues that the Republican-controlled House has failed for four years to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, so he has no other choice but to wield the executive pen now. That is simply not true.

Therein lies the answer to the urgency question. Obama obviously believes that by taking unilateral action, he will achieve two objectives:

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