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Obama’s Immigration Flip Flop

RNC Communications - July 25, 2014

President Obama has a long history of saying one thing and doing another, what broken promises will come from today’s meeting with Central American leaders? Just this morning Politico highlighted President Obama’s flip-flop on immigration. If you are reporting on this story, please see the following statement from the RNC:

“Endless broken promises and even more dissatisfied Americans: that’s Barack Obama’s record on immigration. His latest flip-flop is evidence that Democrats are using immigration as a political football instead of providing real solutions. More executive overreach won’t fix Obama’s ill advised policies on one of the most important issues facing our country, but it will continue to hurt his favorability and end up costing Democrats with voters in November.” – Ali Pardo, RNC Spokeswoman

MORE ON BACKGROUND:

March 2011: Obama Said: “With Respect To The Notion That I Can Just Suspend Deportations Through Executive Order, That’s Just Not The Case….” “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed — and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Univision Town Hall, Washington, D.C., 3/28/11)

  • Obama Said To Ignore The Laws Congress Has Made Regarding Immigration By Acting Through Executive Order “Would Not Conform With My Role As President.” “There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Univision Town Hall, Washington, D.C., 3/28/11)
  • Obama: “I Just Have To Continue To Say This Notion That Somehow I Can Just Change The Laws Unilaterally Is Just Not True. We Are Doing Everything We Can Administratively.” OBAMA: “I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks In An “Open For Questions” Roundtable, Washington, D.C., 9/28/11)

September 17, 2013: During An Interview With Telemundo, Obama Said He Would Not Use Executive Authority To Freeze Deportations. “President Obama on Tuesday ruled out using his executive authority to freeze deportations for most of the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, saying such a move would violate federal law. (David Nakamua, “Obama, On Telemundo, Rules Out Freezing Deportations Of Most Illegal Immigrants,” The Washington Post, 7/1/14)

April 2014: Obama Told Religious Leaders He Did Not Plan To Act Unilaterally On Immigration Reform While The Window For Congress To Pass Legislation Is Open.“President Barack Obama told religious leaders Tuesday that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation’s immigration laws while there’s still a window for Congress to pass legislation.” (“Obama To Religious Leaders: No Unilateral Immigration Fix Planned,” The Huffington Post, 4/15/14)

June 24, 2014: When Asked If Executive Order Should Be Used To Solve The Immigration Crisis, Secretary Of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson Said He Was Not Sure He Could Comment.  QUESTION: “Do you believe the president should issue an executive order, due to the exigent circumstances, to deal with this crisis?” JOHNSON: “I’m not sure I can comment on that. Of what nature?” (Committee On Homeland Security, U.S. House, Hearing, 6/24/14)

  • DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: “Last Time I Looked An Executive Order Can’t Supersede The Law.”  (Committee On Homeland Security, U.S. House, Hearing, 6/24/14)

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