June 20, 2012
Republicans seem befuddled by President Obama's decision to halt deportation of young people brought into the United States illegally by their undocumented parents. Mitt Romney is gobsmacked, Speaker of the House John A. Boehner is exasperated and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is totally bummed out. They say their quarrel is with the way the president made an end run around Congress. Rubio claims Obama's move has forced him to drop his own bill that proposed granting work visas to those who illegally entered the country as little kids, grew up in the U.S.A.
June 20, 2012
When the Obama administration decided last week to temporarily suspend the deportation of some young undocumented immigrants, Republicans in Congress threw a fit, complaining that such decisions should be made by Congress, not by unilateral presidential action. But what else was President Obama to do? Republicans have long had the ability to legislate a lasting fix to the problem but have repeatedly failed to do so. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been crafting a conservative version of the so-called Dream Act, immediately criticized the president for "going around Congress," and he told the Wall Street Journal that he would not proceed with his own bill because of the administration's decision to act first.
June 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Perhaps no one has been more enamored of Washington Nationals' rookie slugger Bryce Harper than his fellow Nevadan, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid, a great lover of baseball, brings up Harper almost weekly in his press briefings on Capitol Hill, including Tuesday, when, in a display of pop-cultural proficiency, Reid popped off with "That's a clown question, bro" -- Harper's put-down gone viral -- when asked a political question on Capitol Hill. Reid was being questioned about the muted Republican response to President Obama's decision to allow young illegal immigrants a temporary reprieve at deportations, a policy that grew from the Dream Act. Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP presidential nominee, has yet to substantially address the issue, and fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill are largely holding their opinions until he does.
June 19, 2012
Re "Obama opens new door," June 16 Referring to the Dream Act, President Obama said last year, "This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. " On Friday, Obama effectively changed the law unilaterally, saying, "It's the right thing to do. " In recent history, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have allowed presidents to use powers that belong to the legislative branch. You may be for open borders and amnesty, but if you believe in and support the Constitution, you should be cautious in supporting Obama's unilateral Dream Act. If we allow the executive branch of government to continue to increase its powers unilaterally, we will no longer have a system of checks and balances.
June 19, 2012 |
Remember Art Linkletter and “Kids Say the Darndest Things”? Well, it may be time for an updated version called “Politicians Say the Darndest Things.” Reacting to President Obama's move last week to defer deportations of some young illegal immigrants, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday: “The president's announcement on immigration is -- it puts everyone in a difficult position. I think we all have concerns for those who are caught in this trap, who through no fault of their own are here.
June 18, 2012 |
In the latest aftershock from President Obama's move to bar the deportation of some young illegal immigrants, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has apparently abandoned his plan to offer a conservative alternative to the Dream Act. Rubio, a Cuban American often mentioned as a potential running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said Obama's announcement last Friday had probably killed his own legislative effort, at least until after the 2012...
June 17, 2012 |
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney faulted President Obama on Sunday for by-passing Congress to shield about 800,000 young illegal immigrants from being deported, but he stopped short of saying he opposed the move. During the Republican primaries, Romney said he favored “self-deportation” for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants who are living and working in this country. But interviewed on CBS's Face the Nation, the presumptive GOP said he could support legislation that could allow some of those immigrants to stay here.
June 16, 2012 |
The Obama administration announced Friday it would halt the deportation of some young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. Here is a nuts-and-bolts guide to the policy shift. Who is eligible? To be eligible, an individual must have come to the United States before age 16 and must have continuously lived in the country for at least five years. He or she must be living in the U.S. today and must be 30 or younger. The person must also be in school, have a high school diploma or a GED, or be a member of the military or an honorably discharged veteran.