Congress digs in on immigration

Congress digs in on immigration 

Posted: 11:26 pm Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

By Jamie Dupree

Even before any details were known about President Obama’s speech on immigration, members of both parties were already locked in a verbal duel about the merits of his executive actions, signaling what may be a sharply contested debate that seems sure to spill into the New Year.

“I don’t think it’s in the best interests of the country,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) to reporters gathered off the House floor.

“I don’t think it’s in the best interests of immigration reform,” Cole added.

But just a few feet away, Democrats praised the President’s unilateral action, arguing immigration changes cannot stay on hold in the Congress forever.

“The nation has to move; the Congress has not done it,” said Rep. David Scott (D-GA).

“The President has the authority,” said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), who said it was time for the President to be aggressive in the fight over immigration reform.

Other Democrats echoed that on social media as well:

Republicans, meanwhile were thoroughly aggravated at the talk of giving a legal status to millions of people in the United States illegally.

“He is making a political move,” said Rep. John Mica (R-FL), who accused the White House of “provoking a crisis.”

After making his speech on Thursday night – which won’t be carried live by CBS, NBC, ABC or FOX – the President will fly to Las Vegas on Friday to make a sales pitch for his plans.

10 comments
blah blah blah
blah blah blah

Go ahead Obama, and Joe will have a new address: 1600 Penn Ave.


Hey, if the #1 democrat can't handle the job let's bring in #2. At least we'll have some laughs

lithosman
lithosman

It is soooo sad the only thing presidente' Obola has accomplished, that will last, is the "Affordable Healthcare Act" which was all based on lies and distortion. We have seen our healthcare premiums rise 30-40% just in the last 2 years. Thanks, presidente' Obola. Obola can only take executive action to do anything. He is not statesman like enough to bring people together and pass legislation that will be good for the country. It is easier for him to vacation and play golf. So sad, so sad.....what a waste of 8 years.

mcarpenter8379
mcarpenter8379

Why does America fail to see that this worthless president or ours has acted in ways that call for impeachment?? America called for Impeaching Clinton for having felatio in his office which did not hurt anyone but himself..Obama is doing things that will affect ALL OF US!!!  IMPEACH!!

mcarpenter8379
mcarpenter8379

In my opinion, if an illegal immigrant is actually granted amnesty by our arrogant and self centered president, they should be responsible for paying the back taxes from the time they entered our country. If an American citizen like myself failed to pay taxes my bank would be levied, my possessions confiscated and I would possibly face jail time. How would it be fair for these individuals to get away with not abiding by the tax laws imposed on all American Citizens? I say deport and allow them to come back the LEGAL WAY!!!

Raptor01
Raptor01

Senator Nelson needs to go to an old folks home.

Raptor01
Raptor01

Y'all are going to be Gruberized tonight.

Raptor01
Raptor01

Reagan actually signed a bill from Congress that gave amnesty. Tell the truth Jamie.

Mike2000
Mike2000

@Raptor01 Mr. Dupree won't bother to tell you that Reagan's executive amnesty was done in conjunction with a law passed by the congress.   Dupree is much more interested in his schtick that everyone is the same , everyone does it, there is no difference.  It is all you get out of him.  I have to listened to him on my local radio from time to time and I don't see the appeal.  It's the cynical "oh you guys are all the same" routine which ,if true, would be the end of all elective politics. 



ramahler
ramahler

@Raptor01 He approved what congress already passed.  With the expectation that the border would be closed, laws enforced and tax reductions.  He was snowed by the then Democratic senate and congress that the latter would happen and it never did.