Let’s take them one by one.
- In 2007, an immigration deal backed by both Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy was making its way through the Senate. Publicly, then-Sen. Obama was all for it. Backstage, however, he supported labor-backed poison-pill amendments designed to sink it. In a story at the time on what was going on, Politico described it this way: “The biggest threats to an immigration bill spearheaded by Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy have come from within: Twice this week, senators from his own Democratic Party were poised to back amendments that could have killed the fragile compromise.”
- A year later, Sen. Obama told the National Council of La Raza this during his campaign for president: “I think it’s time for a president who won’t walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform just because it becomes politically unpopular . . . I will make it a top priority in my first year as the president of the United States of America.”In his first two years in office, President Obama enjoyed lop-sided Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate. If an immigration bill had really been a “top priority,” he could have had it. It wasn’t.
- Earlier this year, President Obama threatened the same executive order on immigration he’s now going to take. But what does it say that he put it off until after the midterm election — once again elevating political convenience over a supposed core principle?Even now, his promised executive order won’t give America real reform: one that provides a clear and lawful path for talented and hardworking people to come here, a guest-worker program that meets the needs of our economy, and a resolution that doesn’t leave in limbo the final status of the millions here illegally.All his order does is shield them from deportation and allow some to work.Here’s the shorthand: Like every other action this president has taken on immigration, this new one will, in fact, make genuine immigration reform less rather than more likely.
Still, he’s given a complete pass.