GOP stifling efforts for immigration reform, Obama says
September 28th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

GOP stifling efforts for immigration reform, Obama says

Seeking to shore up his support with members of the Hispanic community, President Obama held a Latino roundtable in the White House Wednesday, where he did his best to deflect criticisms over immigration issues.

From the CNN Wire:

Washington (CNN) - Republicans lack the leadership to put comprehensive immigration reform back to the table, President Barack Obama said Wednesday during an online roundtable about issues in the Hispanic community.

Obama reiterated that he he supports a pathway for legal status for the millions of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. His immigration vision includes having undocumented immigrants pay a fine or learn English, or other steps that will lead to citizenship. Tough border security enforcement and actions against employers who hire illegal immigrants are the other pillars of his plan.

But immigration reform has not been on the table, even though in the past, Republicans such as George W. Bush and John McCain supported the idea.

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  1. mannycl

    This man has not done anything for Hispanics since he assumed the presidency. Election time is close and he is courting Hispanics and Blacks with shameless promises to get desperate votes in a failing economy. Maybe he should remember that the last immigration reform was done during the Reagan's presidency and the one proposed by George W. Bush was never brought to a vote by the Democrats in the senate. This man is a hypocrite.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  2. Victoria

    I hope everyone is aware that in 3 years barack has deported approx 400,000 people and that is more then george bush deported in 8 years. so there.....

    September 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama is probably not the anti-christ ... he's probably just a radical, lying, corrupt, ambitious, narcissist, con man, who will say, or do anything, to gain, and hold onto his personal power ... even if it means destroying America in the process !!!

      September 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • Ruth

        you actually meant REPUBLICANS / GOP / T-PARTY / TEAPUBS

        September 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    “His immigration vision includes having undocumented immigrants pay a fine or learn English, or other steps that will lead to citizenship. Tough border security enforcement and actions against employers who hire illegal immigrants are the other pillars of his plan”
    Hold on before all these some one need guts missing

    The fact both party doesn’t want to touch this issue

    September 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  4. Irma in North Carolina

    The republicans and the tea part gang are a disgrace to this country they all need to be booted out of there.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  5. Victoria

    @ howard I think you have Obama Confused with the Tea Party and Republicans right now. The only thing corrupt is putting wal-mart and exxon Before the PEOPLE. And allowing an audience to boo in the face of a soldier in Iraq because he is gay. Barcak cares nothing about silly power. He simply wants a better nation for himself, his kids and the PEOPLE.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  6. Jay in NC

    Your numbers are way off. President Bush total returns were 10,328,850 for his 8 years in office.

    This info comes from the DHS website.

    http://www.dhs.gov/files/statistics/publications/YrBk10En.shtm

    The chart does not show up very well here, so go to the DHS website and look at table 36 Aliens Removed or Returned: Fiscal Years 1892 to 2010.

    Year, Removals, Returns, Total,
    2001 189,026 1,349,371 1,538,397
    2002 165,168 1,012,116 1,177,284
    2003 211,098 945,294 1,156,392
    2004 240,665 1,166,576 1,407,241
    2005 246,431 1,096,920 1,343,351
    2006 280,974 1,043,381 1,324,355
    2007 319,382 891,390 1,210,772
    2008 359,795 811,263 1,171,058
    2009 395,165 586,164 981,329
    2010 387,242 476,405 863,647

    You can see that actually President Bush total for any year was much higher than the current administration.

    As you say 'so there'.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      I love how republicans can make statements like" in 3 years barack has deported approx 400,000 people and that is more then george bush deported in 8 years. so there....." without a care if its true or not.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Skaddittle, it was Victoria that said that, not a Republican. September 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

        September 29, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Rebecca

      New research by Dr. Steve Camarota at the Center for Immigration Studies finds that 81% of the jobs created in Texas between the years 2007 and 2011 went to newly-arrived immigrants. Conclusions were based on an analysis of data from the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  7. ARALE NORIMAKI

    there is a difference between Illegal and Legal immigration.  All sides of the immigration debate need to recognize that distinction in order to hold productive debate.

    if the Congress care about America’s immigration system. you can start by removing wet foot, dryfoot" policy, in terms of allowing Cuban refugees that racist
    Why is this anti-hispanic when it applies to all illegal immigrants? illegal is not a Race. It is Illega

    September 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  8. Rebecca

    The citizens of this country do not want illegal immigration and do not want 38 million legal immigrants. In this most difficult economic time, Congress raised legal immigration to 38 Million. Canada had 6 million and Mexico allowed 600 thousand. These numbers are ridiculous and this must stop.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Masha

      People of United States do not want Rebecca.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • wow83

      You're a complete ignorant for posting such comments. It is intriguing to see how many "Citizens" post regarding immigrants, illegal or not, as a negative effect. It is interesting to see how the "great" education system has allowed these "citizens" to greatly learn about the history of their own country.

      Please, pick up a book or two and attempt to educate yourself regarding this matter. Consider that not a single one of you is truly an American – unless you are a native Indian American. At some point, your own family migrated to this country looking to better themselves and their families. This, unfortunately, included all of you ignorant commentators.

      Before posting, please - PLEASE, educate yourself and don't just follow this mainstream media. Make educated responses and criticize accordingly.

      September 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Obama isn't doing "reform". He is doing subversion.

    If he converts illegals to the Dem party, then that party can grow its base enough to prevent the opposition from ever defeating the Dems.

    That my friends........is a subversive action.......and nothing else.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  10. Jason P

    So funny how republicans alway seem to try and blame the President 4 everything wrong in this country. Republican solution to immigration in this country? Hmmm try 2 deport everyone that doesnt Look right, or ship them off to war! Obama 2012

    September 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  11. Masha

    Immigration Reform never was on the Obama's agenda. Obama pushed through his absurd Obamacare, he pushed through his stupid stimulus bill, now he is pushing for unrealistic job bill. I don't belie that Obama cannot push a bill that will prevent mothers and fathers of American citizens from being deported. I don't belie that he cannot push a bill that will prevent spouses and children of American citizens from being deported. Obama blames his own frailer on the Republicans. Republicans didn't promise us an Immigration reform – Obama did. Republicans didn't promise us an Immigration Reform during first 100 days in the office – Obama did. He cannot hide behind Republicans. We are all very well aware what was promised in return for our votes.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  12. Incompotent, huh !!!!!!!

    From day one "I did not do this the republicans have done it . I try to do this and it wont happen cos the republicans wont let it"
    Either you do it or stop saying that you will do it. There are millions who live on hope and wait each passing day hoping someday it will happen soon.

    Take your time but hurry uppppppp

    September 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm |