INTRODUCTION: AS THE U.S. CONTINUES TO GRAPPLE WITH DONALD TRUMPS "POLICIES," I THOUGHT A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE WOULD SHOW US HOW THEN PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ATTEMPTED TO ADDRESS THE IMMIGRATION PROBLEM.
POST #20. THE PRESIDENTS IMMIGRATION SPEECH- WHAT DOES HE ACTUALLY SAY? PT 4.
(First Published on 12/7/2014.)
Let us return to the Presidents Speech on Immigration.
Early on, he relates a Compromise Bill that Passed the Senate last Year:
"I WORKED WITH CONGRESS ON A COMPREHENSIVE FIX... 68 DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS...TO PASS A BIPARTISAN BILL IN THE SENATE...IT WAS A COMPROMISE."
The Bill, According to the President, Would have; "Doubled the Number of Border Patrol Agents, while giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, if they paid a fine, started paying their taxes and went to the back of the line."
Obviously this didn't pass through the House of Representatives, because House Leadership refused to hold a Vote on the Bill.
The Question becomes simply one of WHY? If an Elected Official truly believed the Bill was wrong and ineffective, what led to this conclusion?
- DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF BORDER PATROL AGENTS.
- ALLOWING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS A CHANCE TO EARN CITIZENSHIP BY: PAYING A FINE, MAKING TAX PAYMENTS, AND WAITING THEIR TURN BEHIND OTHERS ALREADY INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS.
- A REASON NOT SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSED BY THE BILL?
Further, if the House Leadership was convinced that this was Irresponsible, and not supported by most Americans, a Vote would have made their position that much more Powerful.
President Obama goes on to say; "... I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM... WORKING TOGETHER... TO PASS THAT KIND OF COMMON SENSE LAW."
In other Words, The President is saying; I WANT TO COMPROMISE, SO STOP TRYING TO ACT ALONE. REFUSING TO NEGOTIATE IS A STUMBLING BLOCK TOWARDS PROGRESS, AND FINDING LASTING SOLUTIONS TO THIS ISSUE.
With that being said, the Presidents Response to such Tactics is the Following Course of Action, stated in the Body of the Speech;
"BUT UNTIL THAT HAPPENS, THERE ARE ACTIONS I HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO TAKE AS PRESIDENT, THE SAME KINDS OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS BEFORE ME, THAT WILL HELP MAKE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM MORE FAIR AND MORE JUST."
LOOK FOR PART 5.
AT LEAST, THE SPIRIT OF REPUBLICAN COOPERATION HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN, RIGHT?- DAVID.