President chides GOP in speech on immigration reform

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In his first major speech on the issue since taking office, President Barack Obama said yesterday that the U.S. immigration system "offends our most basic American values" and blamed Republican opposition for thwarting critically needed change.
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really

Columbus, OH

#1 Jul 2, 2010
Another hopelessly imbalanced story from the MSM. And newspapers wonder why they're going out of business.
As if America owes illegal immigrants, like Olga Gonzalez, anything.
Like everything Barry does, it will somehow benefit him or the Democrats. He wants amnesty for votes. Yet, Americans want border security. As usual, he doesn't care what a vast majority of Americans want.
You can pretty much guarantee if Barry wants it, the media will follow. Most Americans, however, will be on the other side of the issue.
He knows what every other Democrat instinctively knows. When Republicans take control of the House, his weak socialist agenda grinds to a halt. No immigration "reform" this year or in the forseeable future.
Big Hank

Columbus, OH

#2 Jul 2, 2010
You gotta be kidding me. As an independent voter, this is idiocy. The GOP supported BP - while he was out golfing and partying and ignoring Memorial Day. Since when has enforcing our laws as written become a negative? But then again, with his own citizenship in question (which I really don't care a whole lot about), I can see why he would take this stance. This guy is a clown and is leading our country into 3rd world status.

"Nonetheless, Obama offered no new solutions, timetables or compromises. Instead, he outlined a longstanding prescription for reform that, in addition to having no support from Republicans in Congress, also has failed to unite his fellow Democrats." - No solutions, can't even unite his own congressional majority on this stupidity. Two more years.... hope for change. Every step he has taken has been nothing more than political posturing, which the American people are starting to see through, even those that voted for him. And a misstep.
PC on the TEE

Claypool, IN

#3 Jul 2, 2010
He is just trying to change the subject from his DISASTER IN THE GULF. Don't let him!
John Doh

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 2, 2010
let's see. oil's gushing into the gulf, the economy's in shambles and the president's worried about immigration reform? how about setting some priorities? this is not the biggest thing facing America.

Since: Jun 08

Woodbridge, VA

#5 Jul 2, 2010
I do not think I have ever seen a president who talks about wanting bridge gaps but dang does a great job of dividing - and then threatening and pushing to get what he wants.

He is very good at avoiding issues and changing topics when things are not going his way.

People are starting to see through him - though I still have a couple of very liberal friends who still thinks he will save us all and that others are to blame.

Well with the oil spill, Obama could have suspened the Jones Act to bring in help and he did not at the beginning.(Jones Act was to protect merchant marines and covers how many American crews and escorts etc for incoming ships to port).

We have so much crap going on and it is getting worse. He does not seem able to focus but great at throwing blame all over. Well at some point he has to stop whining that he was left with this mess he loves to refer to and say he has made things worse as opposed to better.

Since: Jun 10

Cincinnati, OH

#6 Jul 2, 2010
OK, Obama, it's time to stop "chiding" the GOP and it's time to start kicking their you-know-what. This crime syndicate and hate machine needs to be shut down. If the Federal government under Bush could swarm the Cleveland area with indictments right before an election, you should have no problem launching a RICO investigation against the entire crime syndicate calling itself the Republican Party.
History repeats

Kingsport, TN

#7 Jul 2, 2010
JSB05 wrote:
OK, Obama, it's time to stop "chiding" the GOP and it's time to start kicking their you-know-what. This crime syndicate and hate machine needs to be shut down. If the Federal government under Bush could swarm the Cleveland area with indictments right before an election, you should have no problem launching a RICO investigation against the entire crime syndicate calling itself the Republican Party.
You go ahead and wish for that one. You wouldn't survive the first week.
Tomcat

Palo Alto, CA

#8 Jul 2, 2010
The president doesn't get it. We don't want immigration reform....we've had it before and it didn't do any good. We want the Fed to enforce current law:

1. Big fines to employers who hire illegals. Enforce at this level.
2. Increase border security: finish the fence, send more troops.
3. Crack down on people who overstay their visas.

With those three fully enforced things will get better and many illegals will leave on their own.
No need to deport anybody.

But obvioulsy our politicians are either blind or stupid.

The only people that are supporting a path to citizenship and amnesty are...the ILLEGALS!
With unemployment at 10% and many people close to not receiveing unemployment benefits anymore, I wonder how the president can say with a straight face that these illegals "come here for jobs". Jobs americans won't do? I want a comprehensive list of those jobs...and I hope that they show that over 90% of jobs in those fields are occupied by illegals.
Just the Facts

Columbus, OH

#9 Jul 2, 2010
Welcome to the Chicago Nation.
Just the Facts.

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.
TOM

Palo Alto, CA

#10 Jul 2, 2010
Yeah, but Bush was worse. See, it took 8 years for the GOP to make this mess so don't blame Obama. He gets a pass for the next 7 years and all his stupid moves can be blamed on Bush.

(rolling my eyes at the idiots that truly believe this argument and then USE IT!).
TOM

Palo Alto, CA

#11 Jul 2, 2010
Biker Mom wrote:
I do not think I have ever seen a president who talks about wanting bridge gaps but dang does a great job of dividing - and then threatening and pushing to get what he wants.
He is very good at avoiding issues and changing topics when things are not going his way.
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Obama is a racist. He truly is. All the way from his comments on that Boston police incident with the Yale professor to every action he has taken agains those "evil white businessmen". But what do you expect from a person who attended the church of a racist pastor for 20 years?

I am a minority and I always said that it would be interesting to see a minority president get elected. I knew that the influence of their life experience would play a big role. If a Latino president was elected the first thing in his/her agenda would be amnesty, diversity (more latinos in power), help small minority businesses, push NAFTA. It is so obvious. Unfortunately allegiance to your race (for minorities) is much stronger than the allegiance to your country. Have you seen all those latino politicians and how they ALL are against Arizona's new law? They get so emotional and angry when talking about that.

So what did you expect from a black president? redistribution of wealth, social programs, government help, destroy capitalism because it only benefits those evil white men. Oh, so American.

As I said, I am a minority and this country offers A LOT to those who want to work and succeed...more than any other place in the world. If you are not successful don't blame those that are, blame yourself for not taking advantage of the opportunity.
Not sold

AOL

#12 Jul 2, 2010
Tom, you really don't get it, do you??? We were so.o.o.o.o. much better under Bush. The "Bush Bashing" is getting old. Obama is ruining everything this country has stood for and puttng us on the road to bankruptcy to do it!! Wake up, Tom.
ProgressiveOhioa n

Columbus, OH

#13 Jul 2, 2010
ReTHUGS seem to forget that Bush was willing to give amnesty to illegal immigrants as well. The purpose of the focus is the divisive nature of the AZ law. You THUGS will lear n one of these days that it is your own party of NO that is keeping us deadlocked into stationary pause. If you all have any complaints about anything, recognize that if it weren'tfor wars, de-regulation and the incredible tax cuts given to the rich, we would not be in the economic disaster we're in.

Illegral immigration can be solved by National ID card, amnesty for those that are here, have families here and can prove that they are productively working and fining heavily anyone who hires anyone without the ID. Period. Kill the jobs that illegal immigrants get, and you'll kill the problem.
Big Hank

Columbus, OH

#14 Jul 2, 2010
ProgressiveOhioan wrote:
ReTHUGS seem to forget that Bush was willing to give amnesty to illegal immigrants as well. The purpose of the focus is the divisive nature of the AZ law. You THUGS will lear n one of these days that it is your own party of NO that is keeping us deadlocked into stationary pause. If you all have any complaints about anything, recognize that if it weren'tfor wars, de-regulation and the incredible tax cuts given to the rich, we would not be in the economic disaster we're in.
Illegral immigration can be solved by National ID card, amnesty for those that are here, have families here and can prove that they are productively working and fining heavily anyone who hires anyone without the ID. Period. Kill the jobs that illegal immigrants get, and you'll kill the problem.
Hmmmmm - maybe if they actually brought something to the table that had the least bit of thought of long-term ramifications, maybe the "party of NO" would become the "party of maybe, let's discuss further". Did you get your $4000 discount when you turned in that clunker? And illegals are just that. Ship 'em out and let them come back the RIGHT, LEGAL way.
Vinny

United States

#16 Jul 2, 2010
The Congress is controlled by a Democratic majority. The Presidency is held by a Democrat. Ergo, if the Democratic Party wanted to pass legislation of ANY sort, they only have to vote for it in order for it to become law. So, as others have mentioned, this talk of Republican obstruction is again merely political tinged, with Obama not daring to do anything (shock!) but only talking, per usual. Obama should join the Toastmaster's if he thinks that giving appealing, bombastic speeches is all that encompassses being President. Only a few more months until Americans get the chance to take back the country and set it on the right course, hopefully. The Republicans need to set out a workable, appealing to the intelligence (versus hoping it appeals merely to emotion, as Obama and Palin do) of voters, though. Americans don't want more of the same from EITHER party. The party that realizes this soonest and puts that into the essence of their campaigns will win come fall and in 2012.

Since: Dec 09

Columbus

#17 Jul 2, 2010
Amnesty for illegals is a direct slap in the face to previous generations that came here legally, and to those waiting for years to get an immigration visa using the correct and lawful process. And neither of these groups want to change America to the hell hole that that want to escape or have escaped from.

Except for the illegals, immigrants embrace the American way of life, learn English, and try to make a better life for themselves and their families, there is no sense of entitlement.

Why do owe illegals anything except a trip home. Sorry about the anchor babies, but that is just a way to play the system and to get sympathy.

Why is an illegal allowed to attend an American College? Why are they allowed to work? quit providing food stamps, medical care and rent subsidies that Americans can't get when they have lived here and paid in to the system.

Since: Jun 08

Woodbridge, VA

#18 Jul 2, 2010
TOM wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama is a racist. He truly is. All the way from his comments on that Boston police incident with the Yale professor to every action he has taken agains those "evil white businessmen". But what do you expect from a person who attended the church of a racist pastor for 20 years?
I am a minority and I always said that it would be interesting to see a minority president get elected. I knew that the influence of their life experience would play a big role. If a Latino president was elected the first thing in his/her agenda would be amnesty, diversity (more latinos in power), help small minority businesses, push NAFTA. It is so obvious. Unfortunately allegiance to your race (for minorities) is much stronger than the allegiance to your country. Have you seen all those latino politicians and how they ALL are against Arizona's new law? They get so emotional and angry when talking about that.
So what did you expect from a black president? redistribution of wealth, social programs, government help, destroy capitalism because it only benefits those evil white men. Oh, so American.
As I said, I am a minority and this country offers A LOT to those who want to work and succeed...more than any other place in the world. If you are not successful don't blame those that are, blame yourself for not taking advantage of the opportunity.
I am a religious minority so at least I do not have to deal with the outright skin color, but I have had the comments and crap when I wear a small religious pendant. People have to look and listen to determine that I am a religious minority. I refuse to fit to the stereotypes as there are not except what we have created for ourselves based on someone's writings. I have found nowhere except in intepretations how we should dress, just how we should behave and respect both laws and each other. But I am also the first one to defend the rights of the religious MAJORITY who is being horribly discriminated against. Schools cannot mention Christmas but I think it is MA where they are pushing for all Muslim holidays off. I would never think of demanding certain days off for my kids. We are not the majority by any means. Anyhow, several of our days coincide with others so big whoop. School is more important and I could always homeschool or do what others locally do and that is group school at homes. But I choose not.

People can bash Christianity left and it is OK by too many and right but one guest columnist in a TN newspaper makes a comment on Islam and ONE person got ticked and now a major grocery chain will not carry the paper. Well I get angry every day when I see the majority religion in the US bashed. I have seen it happen to mine and it is a lot due to stereotypes and bitterness. Hey, this land allows us to worship freely! Many countries still do not allow anything but the majority religion to! I should not complain! I have written about MY religion and how practitioners are the big reason why stereotypes and hatred exists - though there are many who are pushing for working together and putting aside the differences and respect.

It does not matter what minority you are, it is amazing what damage can be done and how discriminatory we can be within our ranks. And woe to those who speak out against ourselves.

It is sad that too few can see that racism and descrimination can be done by all colors, ethnicities, relgions, groups, etc.
Sparky

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 2, 2010
The Community Organizer will give 20 million illegals amnesty, voting rights, and more welfare than they're currently receiving. This will guarantee liberal rule forever - and with judicial appointments like Sotomayor and Kagan, the obliteration of our Constitution is guaranteed.

We may very well have a dictator on our hands. We know he would love nothing more.

The evil, corrupt Dumbo-eared Marxist demagogue is on a crash-course to break America's back, and he's getting it done quickly.

Community Organizers thrive on chaos, division and tumult. He is trashing America in every aspect. He is destroying our environment, our economy, and taking away our rights. He won't even prosecute racists with billy clubs in front of voting precincts.

And the "useful idiots" that "passed gas in the elevator" and voted for him don't have the brains to even try to understand the destructive consequences of their actions.
Why

Westerville, OH

#20 Jul 2, 2010
People, if you are at work, you should be working, if you are at home, you should be doing your chores or feeding the dog, or mowing the lawn.
It seems like same people make comments every day, just because they don't have anything better to do, too much anger, acid talking and criticism.No wonder why China is now more productive than us. Americans stop talking, let's work.

Since: Dec 09

Columbus

#21 Jul 2, 2010
Why wrote:
People, if you are at work, you should be working, if you are at home, you should be doing your chores or feeding the dog, or mowing the lawn.
It seems like same people make comments every day, just because they don't have anything better to do, too much anger, acid talking and criticism.No wonder why China is now more productive than us. Americans stop talking, let's work.
And about your post, and your waste of time reading these comments?

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