August 23rd, 2010
04:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Conservatives accuse White House of circumventing immigration laws

Washington (CNN) - A group of conservative activists slammed the Obama administration Monday for allegedly planning to use its administrative authority to undercut immigration restrictions in the wake of congressional inaction on a comprehensive reform bill.

In a letter sent to the White House, leaders of 17 conservative grass-roots organizations cited reports that the administration is considering using its executive power "to effectively legalize significant numbers of illegal aliens."

"We strongly urge that you refrain pursuing that tactic," they wrote. "We believe that such an abuse of power would further polarize the immigration issue, which already is so controversial that reasonable discussion is confounded."

Only Congress, they argued, "possesses plenary power over making our immigration policy. The administrative branch has limited discretion for dealing with aliens and quite limited policymaking authority."

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  1. jm

    GL,
    It's not hateful against people of color to enforce our borders. Like it or not, the law is the law. If you come to this country illegeally you are breaking a law. It does not matter what color, creed, nationality or sexuality you are. Are you saying the government should give preferences to people of color who are here illegeally? You cannot have it both ways.

    August 23, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Douglas in NYC

    Huh what??? These are the same conservatives CRYING that the White House isn't doing anything about immigration reform, then state in writing that the White House ahs a very limited role in immigration reform and that only congress can do anything about it??

    Do republicans even listen to themselves anymore?? OMG!!!

    Marcus, this has just completely and totally ridiculous!

    August 23, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. GL

    We strongly urge that you refrain pursuing that tactic," they wrote. "We believe that such an abuse of power would further polarize the immigration issue, which already is so controversial that reasonable discussion is confounded."

    Right about now we don't give a damm what you racist fools wants. You had 8 years to produce Comprehensiv reform bill and you party didn't do a damm thing about so don't cry now that President President will do whatever he have to do to get this pass even if he have to use his executive power.

    August 23, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. C Smith

    Didn't conservatives also block G.W. from trying to reform immigration? Hipocracy at its best again in the GOP.

    August 23, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Illegals (Mexico, Russia, Canada, etc.) have been a problem since the beginning of time (well, maybe not that far back). Why is it this BIG of an issue in the last few months?
    Oh yes, that's right. Let's bring the President down because the shrub, after all, did absolutely nothing and mcnasty was never this involved with immigration.
    I wonder how many illegal aliens (Mexico or South America) have worked in brewers and mcnasty's home in the last few decades.

    August 23, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Brad

    Since Hispanics like to hurt Americans by boycotting all products non-hispanic when they don't get there way. I say we show them what a true majority is, and how muchTHEY need US. I say we boycott all hispanic products for an equal number of days that they boycotted, and see how much it hurts them. Then maybe they will have a little bit more appreciation for being allowed to be called a USA citizen.

    August 23, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Beck

    The idea that Obama would want to enforce immigration is the best joke of all. And there is proof from a letter sent by Immigration Control Officers in a confidence vote to Director of ICE as they had been told not to pursue enforcement. Kind of sad but true. IMMIGRATION & ENFORCEMENT are told not to enforce immigration laws. Obama has failed our country in jobs, immigration and almost every measure you could possible dissect.

    August 23, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Keith in Austin

    @GL: Did you forget to take your free Government-provided Prozac today? Instead of spewing all the left-wing jibberish, why don't you get out of your jammies,get a job and do something productive for a change.

    August 23, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. mike

    as long as aliens are illegal employers that hire them love it because they have no rights and they can be taken to the cleaners and there is nothing they can do so do you really think that these idiots want any change in the law they know there will always be some poor sucker out there who is illegal and will work for them thinking that things will change

    August 23, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. gt

    of course these are his new voters.... illegals...

    August 23, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    What exactly is President Obama doing with his executive power to "effectively legalize significant numbers of illegal aliens."? The article is quite vague, quite frankly, I do not know what Obama did to warrent the complaint. Might as well complain that there is too much snow outside when the temperature is 90 degrees in the shade.

    August 23, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. mother and sister of soldiers

    @GL...way to go keeping racisim alive. Everytime someone makes it a race issue they inflame the issue and are further dividing this country. Immigration has nothing to do with race....it is about LAW. What is it about illegal that you don't understand. What is it about those who pay taxes (less than half this country) being tired of supporting everyone do you not understand. Do you not understand the strain on tax dollars affecting hospital costs and schools? Maybe you are just one of the people who collect your entitlements at my expense? Or like most dems, don't have the knowledge to understand how the system works and where the moneycomes from.

    August 23, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Sue

    Hey you Republicans had plenty of time to come up with an immigration refom bill, but Bush did nothing and all the republican men and women in Congress didn't come up with any thing.......so now sit down shut up and let this President do his job....whether you like it or not....there are more civil minded people in this country than you Hate any race other than white, hate any religion unless it is far right evangalistic , Hate any politician unless they are far right conservative Republicans and Tea Baggin hypocrits......This country is going to HELL in a hand basket because of the GOP and Tea Baggers, you don't like it get the Hell out of this country

    August 23, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Beck August 23rd, 2010 4:52 pm ET
    "The idea that Obama would want to enforce immigration is the best joke of all. And there is proof from a letter sent by Immigration Control Officers in a confidence vote to Director of ICE as they had been told not to pursue enforcement. Kind of sad but true. IMMIGRATION & ENFORCEMENT are told not to enforce immigration laws. Obama has failed our country in jobs, immigration and almost every measure you could possible dissect."

    So that's why record numbers of illegals have been deported under Obama? Don't let facts get in the way of your little tantrum. Nice grammar, by the way. Have a nice day!

    August 23, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Jilli

    "In a letter sent to the White House, leaders of 17 conservative grass-roots organizations cited reports that the administration is considering using its executive power "to effectively legalize significant numbers of illegal aliens."

    Where'd they get that info? Is this just another Faux News nontroversy to stir up the stupid and gullible?

    August 23, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. La Piovra

    Let us look at what this group of Astroturf conservatives has been saying:
    1. Brown-skinned people are swarming our shores to drop "anchor babies".
    2. Pregnant enemies are flying in to drop "terror babies".
    3. A giant "mosque" is being built "at" "Ground Zero" to triumph over the deaths of "real Americans" (neither other Americans or foreign citizens merit a tear)
    4. The concept that being born in the United States confers American citizenship is a mistake.
    5. The President is secretly conspiring to let a whole mob of foreigners in so they can drop brown-skinned, foreign terror babies.
    6. Therefore, the President IS a brown-skinned, foreign terror baby, who infiltrated the highest office of the land.
    What is the unstated conclusion of all this? I remember exactly where I was on November 22, 1963. I remember how swiftly a sunny day darkened. It is the kind of day I never want to see again, but that is what this chain of "logic" is inciting – in all probability, intentionally. Responsible journalism does not spread this kind of thing. You, CNN, are increasingly wanting in responsibility.

    August 23, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. barry

    It's kind of concerning how people that have a differing opinion are so easily identified as racist. In the past when you heard someone accused of being a racist people stopped and listened. Now when someone is labeled as a racist it doesn't get the same reaction. It's dangerous because eventually when real racism issues do come up it won't get the attention it should. Surely the majority of our country isn't racist.

    August 23, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Glenn Speck

    Here is a thought on tactic that can be used to unravel the bad things and sort out the good things in the Bills and Executive Orders that have been crammed down Americas throat once Obama and his liberal progressive cronies are out in 2012. Full public disclosure of Barry Sotero's records, maternal passport records, his passport records, social security records, school loan and grant records, the whole enchilada. If and when they discover fraudulent activity or improprieties that would be questionable, the Congress may decide that as a sitting President he did or did not meet the criteria as established under our Constitution. Should it be that he did not or committed fraud in some way (say like applying for fed loans as a foreign student), every scrap of legislation signed into law becomes WORTHLESS... (I mean more than what it already is). This is what transpires when a candidate is not full and properly vetted, too many loose ends...

    August 23, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. James

    It's pretty obvious to everyone that this President and his minion are trying to keep all the illegals here for their cheap Labor.

    It is a very sad day in America when our Government allows millions to invade our Cities, Towns and communities.

    I call it TREASON.

    Now they want to use anyway they can to give amnesty to Law Breakers.

    We do not reward Law Breakers of any kind.

    When you break a law and are caught, you pay the price.
    NO EXCEPTIONS
    NO AMNESTY
    NO IMMIGRATION REFORM.

    ENFORCE THE DANM LAW

    August 23, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Dream on Glenn Speck. It must really suck to live every day of your life in fear of the brown people. Oh well. Have a nice day!

    August 23, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Jon

    It's funny that now that we have a Democratic president, "conservative" groups are coming out of the woodwork to complain about this country's immigration policy. Where were these "conservative" groups when George W. Bush was president and doing nothing about immigration? Or George H. W. Bush, or Ronald Reagan? This is just more partisan posturing from the party of no ideas.

    August 23, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Terry

    Now this really is the pot calling the kettle black. After Reagan's amnesty and GW's attempt at it I don't think the GOP has much room to complain about when it comes to immigration policy.

    August 23, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. jay in denver

    A group of conservative activists slammed the Obama administration for (insert Beck/Hannity/O'Reilly talking point here).

    Rage, rage against the lying of the Right.

    August 23, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    James August 23rd, 2010 5:07 pm ET
    "It's pretty obvious to everyone that this President and his minion are trying to keep all the illegals here for their cheap Labor...."

    Just like every president since Reagan. I had no idea you were so pro-labor, James. Next you'll be saying that unions are not trying to destroy capitalism and might even help working people get fair wages and safe working conditions. But that's just crazy talk. Have a nice day!

    August 23, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "We believe that such an abuse of power would further polarize the immigration issue, which already is so controversial that reasonable discussion is confounded."

    But a state legislature enacting a pre-empted law with clear racial profiling overtones and creating inherent risks of violating the civil rights of actual citizens...that's not an abuse and doesn't polarize the issue at all, right? Wasn't unreasonable and detrimental to civil discourse on the subject either, right? Freekin morons.

    August 23, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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