Obama calls immigration reform critical, blasts GOP opponents
May 10th, 2011
04:35 PM ET
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Obama calls immigration reform critical, blasts GOP opponents

(CNN) - President Barack Obama renewed his call for comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday, citing America's legacy as a nation of immigrants and calling for the need to find a solution for the millions of undocumented workers critical to the country's common future.

"We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants - a nation that welcomes those willing to embrace America's precepts," Obama said during a visit to El Paso, Texas.

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  1. Jilli

    Wow. Like you're going to be able to negotiate reasonable immigration legislation with the tea baggers. Dream on.

    May 9, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    "reform"??? Obama's code word for AMNESTY. "reform" was NEW GOVERNMENT ENTITLEMENT with healthcare. How about you just enforce the current laws which you have sworn to do Mr. El Presidente? How about doing your job instead of sueing states that are getting swamped with illegals and all the financial burden they bring? Is it too much to expect you to adhere to your oath of office? Yes, I thought so.

    May 9, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I need to remind some of you that it was the policies of recent conservative adminstrations that changed laws and made it attractive for illegals from south of our border (read cheap labor) to come to America looking for jobs.

    Bush, Sr. told employers that they no longer needed to mail in the I-9 form to the IRS, but they need to keep in their permanent records. Illegal immigration began to rise dramatically. This drove up demands for all sorts of essentials: from food to housing to medical care.

    Bush, Jr. told employers that they can simply toss the I-9 after 3 years, which resulted in an annual surge in illegal immigration. It grew dramatically in size each of Bush's adminstration. He made it so easy that most Hispanics loved the GOP and voted for the GOP. Now, most Hispanics do not like the GOP because they feel betrayed.

    May 9, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. vet in texas

    Well if amnesty is good for Reagan......it must be good for Obama.....Really, this campaign platform is on the back burner now as that it was fully raped and abused during the 2010 midterms. America, google CCA and ALEC and you'll see the real reason for the Arizona law, it had nothing to do with protecting the borders, only more to do with protecting the stock holders of CCA thus lining the pockets of ALEC, beware of school vouchers, it's nothing more than another corporate handout!

    May 9, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "How about doing your job instead of sueing states that are getting swamped with illegals and all the financial burden they bring?"

    Don't read much, do you? Go ahead and google up the studies that show that eliminating approximately 1.5 million illegal immigrants from TX would cause spikes in unemployment rates, decrease gross regional product for every single region of TX (some by as much as almost 8%) and eliminate somewhere between 0.5 to 1.0 billion dollars in tax revenue from the state budget. Go ahead...inform yourself so you can stop sounding stupid. There are regions of TX that would bellyflop if it weren't for illegal immigrant and migrant labor, and they make a significant contribution to the productivity of the TX economy and its tax base, paying upwards of $50B in taxes every year. These are facts. They completely contradict your talking points. Live with it.

    May 9, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "0.5 to 1.0 billion dollars in tax revenue "

    Sorry, that should've read "0.5 to 1.0 billion dollars in INCOME tax revenue"...overally atx contribution is about $50B when you start including sales tax, etc.

    May 9, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. To promote the general welfare and ensure national security, I, Barak Hussein Obama, do hereby mandate that...

    ... all illegal aliens in the USA will now be known as undocumented Americans. As they are herein America, logic would dictate that they are indeed Americans and entitled to all of the rights and privileges of Americans even though they totally disregarded our laws and borders to claim what is rightfully theirs, US citizenship.

    As since we can't have undocumented Amercians wondering around the country, I have issued executive orders to grant you all birth certificates and drivers licenses from my home state of Hawaii. Also, included in the "Welcome back home" package is a free union card and DNC member card. Thank you and welcome to the US of A where we don't need no stinking laws, just executive orders.

    May 9, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. gt

    is he nuts .... we need to be sending all those thugs that are in our jails and prison back to mexico... ..... meixico needs to cleans up its own house then there would not be all the illegals here to begin with...

    May 9, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    When it comes to deporting and illegal with children born in the US, I do not buy into the "breaking up a family" argument. You need the risks, you accepted the risks, you imposed the risks on your children, and you always have the option to take them with you. Deportation is no different than being sentenced to jail for a crime, it is a different punishment. Bye.

    May 9, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Typing too fast again.
    ... You KNEW the risks, you accepted the risks, you imposed the risks on your children, ....

    May 9, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    All you have to do to understand the illegal immigration freakout from the righties since November 2008 is just a few simple facts:

    1. Black dude is POTUS.

    2. Black dude is POTUS because vast VAST majority of minorities voted for him, not the white dude.

    3. Studies show that in a couple decades, white majority will be a thing of the past.

    4. People who yammer angry nonsense about illegal immigration very frequently (almost always) eventually resort to claiming that every rational proposal that doesn't include the words "kick them all out of the country" is whole-hog "amensty" and just a conspiracy to "buy more votes for the Democrats."

    May 9, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    This President actually is ENCOURAGING illegal immigration, doing everything in his power to prevent anyone else from stopping it, and doing this country a HUGE DISSERVICE, in the process.

    He should be impeached for his actions, and his failure to enforce our country's immigration laws!

    May 9, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    @Rick McDaniel
    This President actually is ENCOURAGING illegal immigration, doing everything in his power to prevent anyone else from stopping it, and doing this country a HUGE DISSERVICE, in the process.
    --------------
    Doing stuff? Like what?

    May 9, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Wow Ricky Micky...do you have any idea how batsh-t crazy you sound? He's placed more border patrol agents on the border than have been there in EVER. Get it? EVER EVER EVER. Let's say it another way for you slower people:

    OBAMA HAS MORE BORDER PATROL AGENTS PATROLLING THE US-MEXICAN BORDER THAN HAVE EVER BEEN THERE IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY.

    Add in the additioanl drones, etc., that he's placed there and what we really have here is people who are either paid to spread lies or are just so very very stupid that they don't know that they're not telling the truth because they've been taught all their lives to just take whatever their chosen authority figures tell them as gospel truth.

    May 9, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |