July 8th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
8 years ago

Palin calls for Obama's impeachment over border crisis

(CNN) - Sarah Palin said President Barack Obama's inaction over the escalating crisis on the southern border is grounds for impeachment.

The Republican firebrand wrote in a an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative website Breitbart that "(Obama's) unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.'"

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Calls for impeachment are coming from the President's harshest critics on the right and have intensified over the new immigration crisis. However, such a step is far-fetched, especially with Democrats currently in control of the Senate.

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In the blistering op-ed, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee accuses Obama of intentionally allowing immigrants into the United States, hampering American job opportunities.

"President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here," she wrote.

"It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment."

Asked Wednesday about Palin’s comments, House Speaker John Boehner simply said, “I disagree.”

Pressed about others in his own House Republican conference that support impeachment, Boehner repeated, “I disagree.”

Republican opposition flares

Palin, who still remains popular and influential with tea party activists and others on the right,  is hardly the first conservative to accuse the President of unlawful activity.

But her pointed call for Obama’s impeachment adds a high-profile voice to the crowd of Republicans pushing for congressional action over what they view as an overreach of executive authority.

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Mike Huckabee also leveled heavy criticism at the commander in chief as a wave of illegal immigrants overwhelm federal facilities along the southern border.

In a statement Tuesday as Obama headed to Texas for a Democratic fundraising event, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate – who's mulling another bid in 2016 – slammed the President for not planning to visit the border during his trip to the Lone Star state.

"While tens of thousands of illegal immigrants storm across the border, the President is jetting off to Texas - but not to see first-hand the mess his policies have created, but to attend high-dollar dinners with the 'swells' and extract as much money as he can from some people who got rich on the very oil he despises," Huckabee said.

Huckabee did not call for Obama’s impeachment over the border crisis but has predicted in the past that Obama would be ousted from office because of the 2012 attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

Political tensions in Texas

Palin and Huckabee's sharp language comes as Obama requested nearly $4 billion in emergency funds from Congress to better respond to the influx of immigrants illegally crossing the border into Texas.

The state's governor Rick Perry, who ran for president in 2012 and is considering launching another bid in 2016, refused to greet the President at the airport and instead called for a meeting to discuss the immigration crisis.

Perry later accepted the White House's invitation for the Republican governor to meet with Obama in Dallas.

Republicans and even some Democrats contend Obama isn't doing enough to quell a surge of undocumented immigrants from Central America.

Critics say the administration invited the problem by halting deportations of some young immigrants who came to the country illegally in past years.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Tom Cohen, and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2014 • Immigration • Mike Huckabee • President Obama • Sarah Palin • Texas
soundoff (446 Responses)
  1. David

    Who cares what Palin says? She is irrelevant!

    July 9, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. MichaelF

    I personally think of of you people on the left need to take a deep breath and just calm down. Everyone on this planet who has ever heard her talk all no she's a crack pot. I personally like to see the people who agree with her speak up. It lets me know where and who the OTHER crack pots are. Cause only someone with a severe low iq could think this woman is anything other than a crack pot. Also, how can you not enjoy her crazy rants. This is what i enjoy the most, just laughing at everything she messes up. i can see russia.. when those planes fly over my house it gives me experience in diplomatic diplomacy and i read all newspapers but can't name any.. and of course my favorite that caught on with other crazy republicans.. The Gotcha Main Stream Media who twist her words and are out to get her. I personally hope she NEVER goes away... We love you pitbull mom with mascara...

    July 9, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Max

    This country is full of immigrants, just some more recent than others. It's like an elitism or some kind of snobbery. "It's OK that my family emigrated to the USA all those years ago but, please, no new immigrants".

    July 9, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Is this the same dummy who can see Russia from "across the street " ?

    July 9, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Okie One

    Who is Sarah Palin?

    July 9, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. kashmirkat

    LOL @ Sarah's brain farts!!!

    July 9, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Independent

    Why does the media continue to give this woman attention. Anything she says has zero credibility. You are just feeding her pathetic narcissism.

    July 9, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Church of Suicidal

    Why does CNN report on whatever drivel Caribou Barbie spurts? It's simple. We click on it. We comment on it. I'm as guilty as the rest of you.

    July 9, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Embarressed Republican

    The 2008 law, which passed both chambers of Congress by unanimous consent and was signed into law by President George W. Bush, dictates exactly how children caught crossing the border without their parents must be treated.

    For children coming from "contiguous countries" – in other words, Mexico and Canada – a Border Patrol officer has the authority to determine whether the child is eligible to stay in the country. Because the child can be directly and safely handed over to officials from his or her home country, the process can move very quickly.

    But for children from all other countries, any repatriation to their home country involves a plane flight and more preparation. The law dictates that after being caught, the child must be turned over within 72 hours to the Department of Health and Human Services to care for them and find them safe housing. HHS is also urged to find them legal counsel and child advocates who can explain the process of applying for asylum or identifying other ways to stay in the country.

    July 9, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Thats the way to go – why try to compromise on immigration reform, lets just say impeach the president! Brilliant! Its no wonder nothing gets done in congress.

    July 9, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Pat

    Not since Toyko Rose have I despised a woman's voice and spreading of lies and propaganda as much as I do Sarah Palin's. PLEEEEASE CNN, "get over" America's biggest Bimbo and start reporting on American women who have made positive, constructive contributions to their country.

    July 9, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Chris

    Impeach Palin. No, wait – you can't impeach something with the IQ of your average houseplant.

    July 9, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. yeahright

    Our rights as citizens are being ignored. Forget this reform crap, ENFORCE OUR LAWS THAT YOU SWORE TO UPHOLD OBAMA! Citizens' rights demand it. Citizens are NOT second class people in America! IMPEACH THE TRAITOR NOW!.


    The ignorance is unbelievable.

    Do a little research on the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000
    and then do a little research on William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. Note
    who was President when the law was passed, and then reauthorized and who voted for it. And then get back to us
    about how Obama is not following the law. You might want to educate Palin while you are at it.

    July 9, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Lolo

    Would someone please impeach her for not taking care of her mentally challenged son. She is never with the child. Sarah you are not president, senator, mayor, or dog catcher. Did I miss anything? Heck no one even considers this bimbo a true American, but the teanuts. Please go back under your rock youu floosie.

    July 9, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. mark H.

    what she says is only taken seriously by crackpots like herself

    July 9, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Rev

    It's been pretty well established that everything that Palin says, the opposite is the truth. Sure wish she'd just go away. Thanks a lot McCain.

    July 9, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. uhhuh

    This country is full of immigrants, just some more recent than others. It's like an elitism or some kind of snobbery. "It's OK that my family emigrated to the USA all those years ago but, please, no new immigrants".
    Exactly. How quickly we forget.

    I fully expect that the GOP in Congress will put forth a bill to replace the plaque on the Statue of Liberty-you know the one about "send me your tired, your downtrodden, yearning to be free",with a "keep out" sign and replace the torch with an extended middle finger.

    July 9, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. mencermom123

    I wonder if she even knows what "impeachment" means. Someone should tell her it's not a desert.

    July 9, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Chris

    Why are the ignorant ramblings of this person being reported on the front page of CNN? I never saw it on the front page of CNN when some far left nobody called for Bush's impeachment. Why is it front page news when this far right nobody does it?

    July 9, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Boomer in Mo

    The President may be a horrible manager but that's not an impeachable offense. Many members of Congress, on the other hand, could and should be impeached. Start with Issa who has squandered hundreds of millions of OUR money on his witch hunts.

    July 9, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Boomer in Mo

    I think I'll invite her over to put lipstick on my pit bull. That should be fun to watch as Miss Pit Bull can be pretty huffy at times.

    July 9, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Bill Bates

    Palin is a footnote in the history books. I doubt that the Republican Party wants her to be their spokesman. This will go nowhere.

    July 9, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Ashley Brown

    You can easily measure the level of imbecility existing in the Republican party by the unbelievable backwardness of its rank and file members; Sarah Palin epitomizes that collective imbecility. This woman's stupidity has cast a shadow of shame on all humanity since such level of stupidity and backwardness in even one human being does raise question of the human ability to rise above the intellectual level of the other non-human animals. This woman is truly a disgrace to all living and dead human beings.

    July 9, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Sean

    Why is CNN so interested in what a failed vice presidential candidate who lost an election SIX YEARS AGO has to say about current events? I really don't get it.

    July 9, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. David Smith

    And this is why the democrats must maintain the majority in the senate. Oh and Boehner of course...

    July 9, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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