The Republicans Should Call Obama’s Bluff On Illegal Immigration

Today, Barack Obama gave a speech on immigration that was solelymotivated by politics . Keep in mind that even the Democrats admit that they don’t have the votes in the House or the Senate to pass a comprehensive immigration bill. So, what is Obama saying?

Seeking to inject urgency into the push for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, President Obama on Thursday called on Republicans to join the effort, telling them he can’t pass a bill without them.

After pushing through an economic stimulus bill and health care with barely any Republican support in the first 16 months of his administration, the president said this issue is too dangerous to tackle – for Democrats and the GOP – without having both parties involved.

“I’m ready to move forward, the majority of Democrats are ready to move forward, and I believe the majority of Americans are ready to move forward. But the fact is without bipartisan support, as we had just a few years ago, we cannot solve this problem,” Mr. Obama told about 250 immigration-rights advocates in a speech at American University in Washington.

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The Republicans should call Barack Obama’s bluff. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell should each pledge to deliver most of the votes from their caucus on immigration — as long as it’s for a security only bill. Let’s finish up the fence. Let’s add more border patrol agents. Let’s crack down on crooked businesses that are knowingly hiring illegals. Let’s increase interior enforcement. Let’s crack down on people who overstay their visas. Let’s seal the border in Arizona. Heck, while we’re at it, let’s even try to fix the ridiculous wait times, red tape, and bureaucracy that makes life so hard on all the good people who follow our laws and try to come here the right way.

Republicans say they want all those things to happen. Democrats claim to want all those things to happen. The overwhelming majority of Americans want all those things to happen — so let’s make it happen. What’s the hold-up?

Didn’t the Obama administration deny, “Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl’s claim that President Barack Obama told him privately that he would not work to secure the border unless it was part of a comprehensive immigration reform package”?

Fan-tastic! Let’s give the Obama Administration an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is. Moreover, haven’t the Democrats been claiming that the Republicans won’t work with them? Well, let’s work together on some much needed, common sense legislation, that would be wildly popular with the American people.

So, what do you say, Dems? How about a security first bill?

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