Obama tried to carve out a place in the middle of the immigration debate during a speech at American University’s School of International Service today. Although his speech was light on specific policy recommendations, Obama rejected anti-deportation appeals for blanket amnesty for undocumented immigrants in the country while also emphasizing the need to amend the path to citizenship. (The DREAM Act, proposed legislation to ease legal immigration for students, got his pledge of support.)
Obama then went on to express specifically that there will be no legislation without Republican votes.
Obama said comprehensive reform cannot wait until borders are secured — a common Republican argument for delaying legislation. “Our borders are just too vast for us to be able to solve the problem only with fences and border patrols,” he said.
Obama lay the blame for a lack of legislation squarely at the feet of Republicans. The White House, the public and the majority of Democrats want reform, he said, but Republican legislators have failed to come forward. “Without bipartisan support, we cannot solve this problem,” Obama said. “Reform … cannot pass without Republican votes.”
Well that might be true, the idea that you can find middle ground on Immigration with any Republican though...BEST OF LUCK TO YOU!
You want to see crazy? You will get your crazy. You want to see your irrational? You will get your irrational. The xenophobic nonsense that comes out of the Right when you utter "immigration reform" is like getting a sneak peek into the John Birch Society hivemind. There is no middle ground, unless by middle ground you mean sending NATURAL BORN CITIZENS "back to where they came from."
This is what frustrates people most about Obama, even when there is clearly no middle ground, he is still attempting to be neck deep in it.
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P.S. *Middle Ground