Obama appears to rule out acting on his own on immigration
April 29th, 2011
07:33 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama appears to rule out acting on his own on immigration

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Thursday appeared to rule out acting on his own to implement some provisions of an immigration reform bill that failed to win congressional approval last year.

A White House statement issued after Obama met with "influential Hispanics" from across the country said the president noted that Congress must pass legislation to "fix what's broken about our immigration system, and that he cannot unilaterally change the law."

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  1. john

    we have immigration laws, enforce them.

    April 29, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  2. randy

    What's broken besides that fact that it's not enforced. Enforce the federal law, or get out of the way and let the states enforce the immigration laws as they need to.

    April 29, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I find it amazing, (and I really shouldn't). and in awe of the total flip-flop by conservatives on this issue. Dating back to the 1980's, the conservative policy had been one aimed at getting lower cost labor. Laws were modified, forms such as the I9 rendered ineffective, and policies changed to encourage the willing immigrants to come into our country for the express purpose of undercutting unions.

    I have seen hospitals privatized with the union work forces replaced by non-union immigrants. Job areas such as housekeeping, maintenance and food services. The hospitals were supposed to be self-sufficient. They all needed local government funds, and many failed despite the assistance equivalent or greater than the cost prior to privatization.

    Suddenly, conservatives want to send them all back, particularly the people who are here legally. Nice words, but how do you do it? Logistically speaking, I mean. Where do you send the illegals? Which country? Will the country you choose even accept them?

    I agree with conservatives. We spend a lot of public money supporting illegal immigrants. Something needs to be done to fix the problem because conservatives have finally figured out that we cannot afford it. Many require medical care and cannot pay for it. Many need housing, which creates demand and artificially raises prices in some ares.

    Conservatives need to recognize and accept the fact that it was mostly their own greed-driven policies that created the problem.

    April 29, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |