CNN’s GUT CHECK for June 15, 2012
June 15th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
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CNN’s GUT CHECK for June 15, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 15, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … EL JUEGO DEL CAMBIO: President Barack Obama ends deportation of some illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children: “Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. Now, let's be clear: This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix.”

BY THE NUMBERS FROM PEW’S HISPANIC CENTER: Up to 1.4 million children and young adults who are in the United States illegally could potentially benefit from today's announcement by the Obama Administration … the 1.4 million estimate represents about 12% of the 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. as of 2010, according to an estimate by the Pew Hispanic Center. Among the 1.4 million potential beneficiaries of the new policy, some 70% are from Mexico.

MITT ROMNEY REACTION, FROM MILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE: “I believe the status of young people who come here with no fault of their own is an important matter to be considered and it should be solved on a long term basis so they'll know what there future will be in this country. What the president did today makes it more difficult to reach that long term solution because that executive order is of course a short term matter it can be reversed by subsequent presidents. I'd like to see legislation that deals with this issue, and I happen to agree with Marco Rubio as he would consider this issue.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL): “There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future. …By once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio): “Despite promising to address illegal immigration early in his term, the president has failed to lead on yet another important national issue, and is instead resorting to an election-year gambit that provides no certainty to immigrants, employers, and the American people.”

Tim Kaine, Democratic candidate for Senate in Virginia: "In order to maintain our competitive edge in a global economy, we must tap the skills of all our young people, not just some, who have benefited from our schools and communities.”

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, (R-Kansas): "We already have millions of people who are out of work, and now President Obama wants to make more people legally eligible to work? One out of two recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed and more than 70 percent of teenagers are without summer jobs. Certainly America is about opportunity, but not when the law has been broken and exploited by those illegally in this country."

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa): "President Obama's actions will violate the Constitutional separation of powers and at least two federal laws. This is no longer a debate about immigration policy. The debate is now about the Constitution and the Rule of Law. I am preparing to bring suit against the President and ask for a court to enjoin him from implementing his unconstitutional and unlawful policy."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Moving major issues requires action, not rhetoric, and today the Administration took a step towards breaking the Washington logjam on immigration that has hamstrung our economy and made America less competitive in the global marketplace.

(Answer below)
What senator holds the record for most states represented and how many states did he represent?

MARK (@PrestonCNN) & MICHELLE (@MJaconiCNN)
What caught our eye today in politics

The bully pulpit caught our eye today - and kept our gaze. With a single moment President Obama flexed the muscles of his presidency and changed national immigration policy immediately.

On Fridays we like to take a look at the news cycle through the eyes of masters of the political class, and for today, we are listening to two political veterans who watched the president’s announcement with keen interest, and weighed in on the political ramifications.

Jose Antonio Vargas (joseiswriting), Co-Founder Define America, Time magazine cover writer and cover model

“I haven’t committed any sort of felony; I went to high school, middle school, graduated from college in America. I am not a threat to this country. This country is my home, I grew up here. And I think that is exactly the message that the Obama administration is sending today. These are Americans. At the end of the day, giving them status to be able to go to school and live their lives and work is good for all of America. It is good for all of us.”

“This is such a big win. It is beyond politics. It is not about Democrat, it’s not about Republican, it is not about Obama’s re-election strategy. At the end of the day, these are everyday people who are trying to live their lives and live as fully as they can. They don’t care about what is going on in terms of what the politicians are arguing about, they care about trying to make sure they are feeding their families and that they are educated.”

Ana Navarro (@ananavarro), Republican analyst based in Florida and new CNN contributor

“Latinos have been disillusioned with President Obama’s broken immigration promises. Though this doesn't come close to his vow to accomplish comprehensive immigration reform in his first year, it will be received with enthusiasm and celebration by most Latinos."

"Republicans should tread carefully and use a measured tone in responding to this announcement. The DREAM Act kids make a compelling story and have broad support among Hispanics. Republicans should express sympathy for these young people and at the same time attack Obama for taking blatantly political action to help his re-election prospects. Republicans should also remind Latinos that Obama has a record of immigration promises un-kept and economic policies that's led to 11% Latino unemployment. But to position themselves against a group of young people who sound American, look American and feel American would be a mistake. The focus should be not on the kids, but on Obama's political motives and lack of leadership in not working with Congress on a real and permanent solution. The constitutional argument is a technical response to what is an emotional and political issue.”

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Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: Obama calls policy 'the right thing to do'
In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements. The shift on the politically volatile issue of immigration policy prompted immediate praise from Latino leaders who have criticized Congress and the White House for inaction, while Republicans reacted with outrage that the move amounts to amnesty - a negative buzz word among conservatives. – Tom Cohen

Leading Drudge: Reporter Interrupts Obama
"Excuse me sir, this is not time for questions sir," Obama said to a reporter who asked a question during his Rose Garden speech on his new immigration policy. "Not while I'm speaking."

Leading HuffPo: Obama Administration To Stop Deporting Younger Undocumented Immigrants And Grant Work Permits
The Obama administration responded to years of pressure from immigrants rights groups on Friday with an announcement that it will stop deportations and begin granting work permits for some Dream Act-eligible students. – Elise Foley

Leading Politico: Inside Koch World
The Koch brothers’ political operation has increasingly come to resemble its own political party — and later this month in San Diego, it will hold what amounts to its most ambitious convention to date. Many of the dozens of rich conservative invitees are expected to write huge checks to a pool of cash distributed among Koch-approved groups, potentially boosting the Kochs’ 2012 spending plan beyond their historic $395 million goal. – Kenneth P. Vogel and Tarini Parti

Leading New York Times: U.S. to Stop Deporting Some Illegal Immigrants
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration. – John H. Cushman

The political bites of the day

- RNC Chairman sees red, calls Obama “Committed Leftist” -

REINCE PRIEBUS IN A SPEECH TO THE FAITH AND FREEDOM FORUM: “This president’s priorities are not America’s priorities and Barack Obama is not your daddy’s democrat. I mean he is not Kennedy and, God forbid, he is not Bill Clinton either. He is the first unabashed committed leftist to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue because this president would rather bow to foreign leaders than stand up for America’s greatness. This is a president that would rather trash the Constitution than preserve our rights. He is a president that would rather defer to the United Nations than defend the United States and our allies.”

- Newt makes an Obama bumper sticker: From ‘yes we can’ to ‘why we couldn’t’ -
NEWT GINGRICH IN A SPEECH AT THE FAITH AND FREEDOM FORM: “This is a man who is sufficiently confident of the uniqueness of his gift to the planet that he is impervious to incoming information. You know, he campaigned in 2008 on the slogan `Yes, we can.’ He is running this fall on the slogan `Why we couldn’t.’”

- If Obama and Romney don’t work out, fire up the bat signal -
DAVID LETTERMAN JOKES ON HIS LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW: “Americans have no confidence in Mitt Romney, the mitten. No confidence. No confidence in Mitt Romney, no confidence in Barack Obama when it comes to the economy. No confidence and we're getting ready to elect one of these guys. Honest to God. You know who that leaves? Batman.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less


The country’s best carpetbagger?

The man who most deserves that title would be Sen. James Shields, a Democrat from not one, not two, but three states.

Shields began his Senate career in 1849 when he defeated Sidney Breese to become senator for Illinois. Sheilds was born in Ireland, however, and that caused some to question whether he met the citizenship requirement (yes, it even happened back then). The governor of Illinois squashed that challenge and Shields was seated in 1849.

Six years later, after failing to win re-election in Illinois, Shields moved to the Minnesota Territory. In 1858, after Minnesota became a state, Shields was elected as one of the first two senators from the land of 10,000 lakes. Unluckily, however, Shields was given a Senate term that only lasted for one more year. After that year, the wayward senator lost re-election and moved to California.

The story, however, doesn’t end there. After serving as a general in the Union army during the Civil War, Shields settled in Missouri. In failing health and suffering from war wounds, on January 22, 1879, Shields was elected to represent Missouri in the Senate – setting the record for most states represented by one person. According to Senate historians, “By then, he had become a beloved figure among Americans of Irish heritage and his election to an uncompleted term with only six weeks remaining served as an expression of that affection.”

Shortly after his last term, Shields died as the former U.S. senator from Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri.

According to analysis by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the average Senate race costs $10 million, meaning if someone tried to top Shields’ feat today, they would be looking at a $30 million bill.

(why aren’t you in it)

Congratulations to Matthew Gilbertson (@MattRGilbertson) for correctly answering Gut Check Trivia today. Matt, who has won before, even went above and beyond by dropping a relative date – “back in the mid-1800s – and for that we applaud him.

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President Obama, “Open for Questions” event, September 28, 2011:
Question: Me again. On the DREAM Act that you mentioned before, and this is like a statement from New York City: Mr. President, I am an undocumented law graduate from New York City. I'm just writing to say that your message that you do not have a dance partner is not a message of hope. A real dancer goes out on the dance floor and picks out his or her dance partner. You're just waiting. You have the facts, numbers, dollars and votes on the side of granting administrative relief for DREAMers. We are doing our part. It is time to do yours, Mr. President.

Obama: I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there's been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It's just not true.

Now, what we can do is to prioritize enforcement, since there are limited enforcement resources, and say we're not going to go chasing after this young man or anybody else who's been acting responsibly and would otherwise qualify for legal status if the DREAM Act passed.

But we live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it. And if all the attention is focused away from the legislative process, then that is going to lead to a constant dead-end. We have to recognize how the system works, and then apply pressure to those places where votes can be gotten and, ultimately, we can get this thing solved. And nobody will be a stronger advocate for making that happen than me.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Second term–immigration.

    June 15, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Why wouldn't the President go to Congress and ask for permission for his idea with the immigration? I don't know because the Republicans have been such great partners in running America. Could he actually believe the Party of NO would continue as the Party of NO!? The Republicans have no respect for the Americans they screw in their attempt to wrestle the Presidency away from the Democrats. If they can stop the President from making any progress they win, but unfortunately the rest of America loses along with the President. Vote out the Repuglicans.

    June 15, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Good move Mr. President!

    June 15, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. scott

    With unemployment at over 8.0% millions of Citizens unemployed, Obama now wants to give work permits to illegals under 30 in order for them to work. This is a direct slap in the face to Millions of Middle Class people that are out of work. It shows all Obama cares about is getting elected again. Even if it means screwing the people of this country. He is right this is class warfare, he is waging war against the working class. What a poor excuse for a human and a man.

    June 15, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Do Republicans expect the fat-cats to clean their own pools? Republicans from agricultural states are asking for relaxed rules to allow workers to cross the border to work. These are the same folks who're fighting tooth & nail to deport families and keep Hispanic children out of schools. Good Christians one and all...

    June 15, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. margo

    After the age of 18 they aren't 'kids' they are adults. After college these illegal KIDS will get jobs or start businesses, then the president will say "we can't kick out brilliant people who are doing great work and just started a successful business", we have to give them amnesty since they proved themselves to be great citizens. Then their illegal parents will get amnesty because Mexican students are taking political and legal courses to take over government and bring in more Mexicans and So. Americans. It won't end because Obama is working for Mexicans, Mexico, rich Mexicans, LaRaza and not Americans. We hired him to work for us, he slaps us down and gives or jobs to illegals under the guise "it's the right thing to do". Obama is Mexicos whore.

    June 16, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  7. David Martin

    I appreciate the accuracy of President Obama's st@ement that he can't solve the immigration mess unilaterally. However, I believe it deceptive to claim he is "deeply cocerned about this problem" as he has said on many occasions. If so, why does he only address the issue when addressing hispanic groups? Why is there no priority on this–or on the true numbers of unemployed(over 6 million long-term who are no longer counted in the "Official" unemployment figure.), or on the rising cost of tuition? His Hollywood friends–who will continue to do fine no matter who is in the Oval Office–will throw $40,000 a plate dinners for him, but when does he hob knob with the janitors and fast food workers and other lower wage earners who are losing their shirts in this economy? Where is the "legislative process" with appropriate executive pressure for them? It strikes me that Mr. Obama's statement–sans these emphases–is pure rhetoric.

    June 16, 2012 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  8. GI Joe

    The gut check has now been explained to us about twenty kazillion times. What's going on? No thinkers left?

    Only monotones like Blitzer and people afraid to call a lie a lie.

    June 16, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Gary Redman

    Where is there fairness in reporting? I thought Fox was all Republican reporting now it's Cnn. All we hear is Romny,
    Romny. when is the last time the GOP has done any for the people? At least Obama care is a start.It may have some
    problems but if the two party's would get together something good come out this program. Come on CNN you could make this happen.

    June 16, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |