Breaking: Obama administration to loosen deportation rules

posted at 10:44 am on June 15, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

So, the “framing” economic speech yesterday was a bust — yeah, they’re going to need us to move away from that ol’ chestnut pretty quickly — so here comes the next big talking point in the Obama-campaign wheelhouse.

President Obama has decided that the Homeland Security Department will no longer deport younger illegal immigrants who haven’t broken the law, and will instead issue them work permits.

 The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was to announce the new policy Friday, one week before President Barack Obama plans to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak to the group on Thursday.

Updates to follow…

Update: At least as far as the Latino community is concerned (and opinion abounds on the electoral significance of Latinos as a voting group, and whether they really vote so monolithically), this is going to present a stiff challenge for Romney’s campaign. As ABC points out:

The Obama administration is likely to deny that politics played a role in the announcement, but the timing is ideal for the president’s reelection campaign. In the GOP primary, Mitt Romney adopted strictly conservative positions against illegal immigration in his effort to woo right-wing voters. He backs a strong fence along the border with Mexico, opposes most amnesty and boasts of his move as Massachusetts governor to deny in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. …

Obama’s announcement today is likely to curry favor with Hispanics, a key growing voting bloc who could determine the winner in November in important states like Florida, Colorado and Nevada. The president currently beats Romney among Hispanics in polls, but most Latinos say they disapprove of his deportation policy.

Deportation rates under President Obama have actually been relatively high — a point about which many Latino voters and immigration advocates have been displeased. This could be a crucial appeasement-move that will inspire Latinos to get to polls in November.

Can President Obama even do this without Congressional approval? I’m not sure, but then again, it hardly matters. If he can, great; if he can’t, great: It’s just another jab he can aim at an “obstructionist,” “do-nothing” Congress.

Update (Ed): So …. he’s going to hand out hundreds of thousands of work permits when unemployment is at 8.2% nominal, 14.8% U-6, and the civilian participation rate is near the 30-year low Obama set last month (now 63.8%)?  The only thing this accomplishes is driving the labor rate further downward and the unemployment rate further upward.  Work permits make sense when you’re creating jobs, but not when jobs are scarce.  I’m not sure that’s going to endear Obama to unions and blue-collar voters struggling to find work already.

Update (back to Erika): A calculated move to steal some of Sen. Marco Rubio’s alternative-DREAM-Act thunder? It’s widely known that Sen. Rubio has been crafting legislation that would give visas to undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children if they attend college or join the military, though it would not provide legal permanent residency — and President Obama’s plan sounds pretty darn similar. Plenty of Republicans aren’t exactly thanking Rubio for his upcoming proposal, but as a tea-party rockstar with Hispanic roots, Rubio is a major threat to Democrats’ claim that they’re the best political party for Latinos’ interests. Team Obama definitely needed to get out in front on this one.

Update: Here are some immediate reactions from our Congresspeople concerning the Obama campaign’s — er, sorry, I mean, the White House’s — newest immigration policy.

Rep. Allen West, R-Florida

“This is yet another example of executive branch overreach. We have a legislative process that ensures representative governance by the consent of the American people. This action should be crafted into legislation, debated in committee and brought before the House and Senate for vote, with accordance of our Constitutional Republic way. Secretary Napolitano is an unelected administrative bureaucrat who does not have the right to make governing decisions for this country. It is apparent that the goal of the Obama administration is not to govern, but rule by edict. This again is a reflection of the desperation of President Obama and his liberal progressive disciples as November draws nearer. …

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey

“For all the young people who call this country their home but have been unable to fulfill their dreams, I am profoundly grateful to the President and the Administration for suspending the deportation of Dreamers. For these young men and women who want to become doctors, teachers, police officers and soldiers, this announcement will change their lives forever.”

Update: Let Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano be clear: This is not to be confused with amnesty.

“A grant of deferred action is not immunity, it is not amnesty,” Napolitano told reporters. “It is an exercise of discretion.”

Update: Sen. Rubio responded by saying that the content of Obama’s proposal is “welcome news,” but was quick to decry the manner of it:

“Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem,” the Cuban American Rubio said in a statement. “And 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.”


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Therefore, I thought it was pretty obvious that Obama would end up playing this card. Which is, from a political perspective, a winner for him. Hence why I’ve always defended the GOP should move Rubio’s bill quickly because otherwise they’d lose this from a political standpoint.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Bullcrap. This is a desperation move to nail the Hispanics or pre-empt a possible Rubio VP nomination. To do what you propose plays right into the liberals’ hands. We can’t outpander Democrats.

Your reasoning is pathetic and self-defeating.

spiritof61 on June 15, 2012 at 2:04 PM

FWIW: look over at NRO to updates from Mark Krikorian.

In the following, he relates some information from “a mole,” who describes an irony regarding the funding for the program and how many will ultimately will be approved–two to three times 800,000, as was the case in the 1986 amnesty.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/302983/dream-details-mark-krikorian

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

rayra on June 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Banhammer-bait

Capitalist Hog on June 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Proof #12313210312831230128 people only care about separation of powers violations when it’s the other side doing it.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

They asked you for proof that Bush did it. If you can’t provide it – your argument isn’t valid.

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Again?

Are you serious? He issued 291 Executive Orders. From gutting the Presidential Records Act and block funding to stem-cell research. To finesse the Geneva Convention. To give the VP the power to classify documents. To give corporations dealing in Iraq Oil protection from judicial proceedings. To require federal agencies to use alternative “green” fuel. The list is virtually endless.

And yet these people call themselves conservatives.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I can’t keep repeating this over and over.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Yet ?? (an hour later??)

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM
42 minutes late and counting. Has he ever been this late?

Let me known when he starts so I’ll turn off the audio & just follow the running commentary here.

22044 on June 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM

How about a “where’s Waldo ?”

Or dumbo in his case. I think someone told him Texas would be up for grabs if he did this.

cougar on June 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Bullcrap. This is a desperation move to nail the Hispanics or pre-empt a possible Rubio VP nomination. To do what you propose plays right into the liberals’ hands. We can’t outpander Democrats.

Your reasoning is pathetic and self-defeating.

spiritof61 on June 15, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Allowing illegal immigrants who were brought here as kids, so by no fault of their own, and are serving in the military, to obtain legal residency – not a path to citizenship – is widely supported by Hispanics and non-Hispanics, democrats and republicans. Get out of your bubble if you think otherwise.

It’s good policy and good politics.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

You are an anti-American economic illiterate.

The “both sides are just as bad” is beyond idiotic.

Come back after spending some time on Wikipedia.

tetriskid on June 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The speaking begins……..the LYING starts.

The newest edict from the DOTUS has me asking…….

….CONGRESS? What’s that?

PappyD61 on June 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

There is no way we can compete with Obama in kowtowing to the illegal immigration favoring crowd. Instead, stand firm for our laws, stand with our base, and against a leftist inundation of our electorate by multiple-generations of illegals.
There’s nothing to be gained, nothing, by pandering. Not a single vote.
Donate$

anotherJoe on June 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Proof #12313210312831230128 people only care about separation of powers violations when it’s the other side doing it.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

You’d crawl up your own azz just to prove you could do it. It doesn’t mean it’s right. And, there’s these criminal laws on the books that Obama circumvented. Just a bit different.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 15, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Send some $$$ to Mitt Romney. :-)

Punchenko on June 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Never….I’m keeping under my mattress, thank-you very much.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

He’s starting

22044 on June 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

So, where does this leave young voters, blacks, vacilating white union members, and naturalized immigrants?

Welcome to a large source of employment competition and competition for government goodies.

Obama just started talking. He’s calling these illegal immigrants dreamers, American in their hearts and minds.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

How about a “where’s Waldo ?”

Or dumbo in his case. I think someone told him Texas would be up for grabs if he did this.

cougar on June 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

:)

22044 on June 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

It’s good policy and good politics.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

it’s not good policy, and obviously not good politics.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

OT

Ramussen has Barry up by 8 points (50 to 42) in Michigan.

Though should not live and die by polls after poll. But “Groan” !!, there are still enough brain dead people who go for Barry.

bayview on June 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Allowing illegal immigrants who were brought here as kids, so by no fault of their own, and are serving in the military, to obtain legal residency – not a path to citizenship – is widely supported by Hispanics and non-Hispanics, democrats and republicans. Get out of your bubble if you think otherwise.

It’s good policy and good politics.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

You. Are. An. Idiot.

JPeterman on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Blaming Republicans for non-enactment.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

So, how many jobs does this create?

That needs to be the rebuttal: It’s still the economy, stupid.

Dark Star on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

about time

tlynch001 on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Allowing illegal immigrants who were brought here as kids, so by no fault of their own, and are serving in the military, to obtain legal residency – not a path to citizenship – is widely supported by Hispanics and non-Hispanics, democrats and republicans. Get out of your bubble if you think otherwise.

It’s good policy and good politics.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I didn’t know Obama commented at hot gas.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Welcome to a large source of employment competition and competition for government goodies.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Increasing competition for government goodies is the mechanism of Cloward-Piven. It’s a win-win for Obama.

The Rogue Tomato on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Allowing illegal immigrants who were brought here as kids, so by no fault of their own, and are serving in the military, to obtain legal residency – not a path to citizenship – is widely supported by Hispanics and non-Hispanics, democrats and republicans. Get out of your bubble if you think otherwise.

It’s good policy and good politics.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Irrelevant. Stop arguing the merits. This is a constitutional issue now. The correct political move for Republicans now is to oppose with every means at their disposal any attempt to do amnesty, DREAM, whatever by executive decree.

spiritof61 on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Blaming Republicans for non-enactment.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Of course he is

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Repubs blocked this when dream act brought up, he says.
Is speaking TO those affected .. You’ve done all the right things.. etc etc

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

…The MERITS of the policy are not the issue. The MECHANISM is the issue. We are a nation of law, not of men. The President is not above the law. Don’t be a dumba** and get sucked into arguing the merits. The messaging from the base all the way up to Rubio needs to be: Rule by decree is un-American and un-Constitutional. PERIOD!

Just for once, let’s not be played by the Left into buying into their meme/traps. Just once.

ConservativeLA on June 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Wow….you couldn’t be more wrong. This is about both….period.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:01 PM

ConservativeLA makes a great point — because the actual and worst offense to us, to the nation, is Obama’s ghastly expression in bypassing the Constitution. We should all be yelling loud and clear about that because it’s the top of the heap of what’s offensive.

But the issue of amnesty for illegal aliens is, of course, also an important issue of concern and offense. And that includes what Rubio is trying to formulate, in my view.

On a human level, no one wants little kids who have been shuffled around the globe illegally by careless parents to suffer any more than they have. But from the alleged “sob stories” I’ve been reading about these hapless shuffled illegal alien children, so-called, they’re all geniuses who plan to rope the moon and rule the world with great educations and superlative mental powers if not the goals of Greek gods…

So they seem quite well prepared to go back to their own nations and then make a well constructed plan to enter the U.S. legally later, if they’re sincere in their goals of “being American”.

I don’t buy these various “stranded puppies and kittens” tales about “children brought here illegally through no fault of their own.” If there’s anyone answerable to those children, so called, it’s their parents. Not the U.S.

Go home if you’re here illegally, make a plan to enter legally afterward and get in line like everyone else has done who is now a naturalized U.S. citizen.

If anything, we need as a nation to increase the funding for the Immigration enforcement and law enforcement agencies as to enforcing immigration laws. Because from what current DHS is saying, they complain they don’t have enough “funding” to enforce our laws consistently against all offenders but only against “the criminal element” among them (defies logic, but that’s the story told). So increase their funding contingent upon their results.

“We can’t break up families” is the other complaint. So, when illegal aliens who are parents are deported, send their children home with them.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

A man with steely cojones.

You. Are. An. Idiot.

JPeterman on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Obama’s Fluke.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Obama is shameless and out of control. And any Republican that supports this is no Conservative. Period.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Yet another thing to trot out when the Obama = Romney idiots come out from under their rocks.

Sure, we can get a R congress and R senate, but we see what Obama thinks of those. Just another example, as if we needed another one.

I can’t keep repeating this over and over.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Good, then stop. It seems no one cares.

kim roy on June 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Effective immediately.

No risk to national security? Are they planning to run background checks?

He got interrupted by someone.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Careflly and thoughtfully. Since when, Zero?

Philly on June 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I am so angry, SO ANGRY! President O, I got a finger for you: And it’s definitely not the thumbs-up. At the risk of being banned so help me God, DHS implements this-they better eliminate patdowns and scanning and go with mere x-rays.

Signed,

Wise Latina Woman-PPF from Puerto Rico
Proud to be American
Lover of the US Constitution
And of Law Enforcement

ProudPalinFan on June 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Within next few months, they can apply for a card of release from deportation, and apply for work permits (and, as Rush says, a voter regristration form)

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I smell Axeljob all over this one.

jake49 on June 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

They’re all patriotic–especially all those wearing Mexican flags and protesting American flags.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Hecklers!

Philly on June 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Is someone heckling him?

JPeterman on June 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

You are an anti-American economic illiterate.

The “both sides are just as bad” is beyond idiotic.

Come back after spending some time on Wikipedia.

tetriskid on June 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Strong argument.

Again:

Are you serious? He issued 291 Executive Orders. From gutting the Presidential Records Act and block funding to stem-cell research. To finesse the Geneva Convention. To give the VP the power to classify documents. To give corporations dealing in Iraq Oil protection from judicial proceedings. To require federal agencies to use alternative “green” fuel. The list is virtually endless.

And yet these people call themselves conservatives.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM

In this issue – not in others – the two sides are just as bad.

Why?

Because blinded fanatics are never willing to call their own side because they agree with the endgame.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

So, where does this leave young voters, blacks, vacilating white union members, and naturalized immigrants?

Welcome to a large source of employment competition and competition for government goodies.

Obama just started talking. He’s calling these illegal immigrants dreamers, American in their hearts and minds.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I never understand how liberals get away with this. If they are dreamers and want to be seen as American and have such a reverance for this country, then why would they break such a large law of this country that they revere so much? It’s a load of crap made bologna.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Our nation, at least to everyone who paid attention, learned an important lesson from the disasterous “Reagan amnesty” process (which Reagan regretted and recognized was immensely abused): floodgates open for ten-times more illegal aliens to appear once any hint of any level of amnesty (or “special amnesty from the laws”) are put into place.

The point has to be made to people from other nations that they can’t come here nor remain here illegally.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Allowing illegal immigrants who were brought here as kids, so by no fault of their own, and are serving in the military, to obtain legal residency – not a path to citizenship – is widely supported by Hispanics and non-Hispanics, democrats and republicans. Get out of your bubble if you think otherwise.

It’s good policy and good politics.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

So which border were you carried across?

North? South? or did you Float in?

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Holy crap, he is pissed.

JPeterman on June 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Hey, fine for military. Nothing else.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Good, then stop. It seems no one cares.

kim roy on June 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Oh, you’re wrong. They do.

I was actually replying to this:

They asked you for proof that Bush did it. If you can’t provide it – your argument isn’t valid.

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM

You failed to read that part of the post, no?

You. Are. An. Idiot.

JPeterman on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Another strong argument. This anti-Rubio crowd is particularly rabid.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

WHOA !! getting feedback, and really PISSED !!

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Send some $$$ to Mitt Romney. :-)

Punchenko on June 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Never….I’m keeping under my mattress, thank-you very much.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Your mattress isn’t running to oust Barry Obama from the presidency and the lawlessness that is the result of his presidency.

Punchenko on June 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Sure, we can get a R congress and R senate, but we see what Obama thinks of those.

kim roy on June 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

When the president behaves like a lawless third-world dictator, the only advantage of having both houses of congress is that we’re more likely to get the puk gai* impeached. It doesn’t help on legislation because he’d veto anything good, and bypass congress for anything bad.

*bastard

The Rogue Tomato on June 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

So, I guess this means that Obama can now get a work permit and start performing his job as president. I was wondering why he was just waiting around to fix everything. /s

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

“Effective immediatley”….’nuff said.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

He got heckled.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Heckler in the Rose Garden?

rndmusrnm on June 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

No questions answered. What a wuss.

A Pimp is president of a once great land.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

So which border were you carried across?

North? South? or did you Float in?

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Q.E.D.

To this folks, people who agree with Rubio’s Dream Act are anti-American illegal immigrants.

I guess starting with Senator Rubio himself.

Bookmarked for future reference.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Holy crap, he is pissed.

JPeterman on June 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Good. He’s not half as pissed as I am. My family immigrated to this country and had to sit in quarantine before they were allowed in, to make sure they weren’t carrying infectious diseases. And, that was after the women were married off to men who already had their resident alien status or citizenship. The men had to provide proof of employment.

totherightofthem on June 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Basically says this will help lift clouds of uncertainy over employers !
LOLOL

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Man, I guess he thinks that tough guy attitude will serve him well. I bet this backfires. I like the question the reporter yelled as he was leaving. What about the American workers out of work?

TXMomof3 on June 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Wise Latina Woman-PPF from Puerto Rico

ProudPalinFan on June 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

About Puerto Rico, all Birth Certs. issued from P.R. since (a date I now can’t recall, but something like from the last two decades or more forward) had to be recently VOIDED because of Territory-wide forgeries and abuses of the documents issued by that Territory.

Puerto Rico identified as yet another “document mill” source, as was Hawaii and California and Florida a few other states.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

He’s pissed?! The meltdown continues?

22044 on June 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

‘Republicans’ will cave.

Good for the person yelling out at him. Fear for his and the good sheriff’s lives.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Thank you Marco Rubio for proving that you are a lightweight by having Obama turning the tables on you.

Was it too hard for Rubio to be quiet and just remind hispanics that Obama had a super majority for two years and failed to pass the Dream Act?

RedRobin145 on June 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

those of us who think that both Bush and Obama – and Clinton and Reagan and others before them – have a long history of unconstitutional power grabs are pretty rare.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM

You’re insane. Of all those, only The Dog-Eater has comitted any un-Constitutional power grab. Clinton’s problem was breaking the law in a very serious way, not overstepping Constitutional bounds of the Presidency.

You are a nut.

Bush wanted to grant amnesty, but he he only did the stupid act of supporting the legislation, not ruling by fiat. For everything else Bush did he went through Congress as required. As to Reagan, WTFFF are you talking about.

You are, as I have said, a deranged imbecile.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Irrelevant. Stop arguing the merits. This is a constitutional issue now. The correct political move for Republicans now is to oppose with every means at their disposal any attempt to do amnesty, DREAM, whatever by executive decree.

spiritof61 on June 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

What about the other executive power grabs?

Or it just becomes a constitutional issue for you when it’s about immigration?

As I’ve said, this is about separation of powers to me. I’m under no illusions: people who agree with me now only do it because they don’t like the endgame. They’re perfectly fine with the mechanism if they like the goal.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

To this folks, people who agree with Rubio’s Dream Act are anti-American illegal immigrants.

I guess starting with Senator Rubio himself.

Bookmarked for future reference.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

No, people who agree with Rubio’s “Dream Act” are just wrong, wrong, wrong….including Senator Rubio himself.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Another strong argument. This anti-Rubio crowd is particularly rabid.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I came to this country legally and became a citizen in 2004.
I played by the rules and no one cut me any slack.

You. Are. An. Idiot.

JPeterman on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

To require federal agencies to use alternative “green” fuel. The list is virtually endless.
And yet these people call themselves conservatives.
joana on June 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM

So, you’re saying the President doesn’t have the discretion to decide what kind of fuel his own administration is going to buy? Really? Really? That’s your big example of Bush’s over-reach?

tommyboy on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

All Scooter is doing is showing that his values are different from the majority of Americans.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Do we know if the “heckler” was a reporter? Or did he sneak in? Regardless, I love that it caught this douche off guard.

jennifernaz on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

It is becoming very obvious that Romney is trying to avoid making a commment on this situation. His team always puts out statements on issues of importance lickety-split. I wonder why not now? On second thought, I think I know why.

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Thank you Marco Rubio for proving that you are a lightweight by having Obama turning the tables on you.

Was it too hard for Rubio to be quiet and just remind hispanics that Obama had a super majority for two years and failed to pass the Dream Act?

RedRobin145 on June 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Marco Rubio is a clown.

You could tell when he supported the terrorists in Libya.

tetriskid on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Basically says this will help lift clouds of uncertainy over employers !
LOLOL

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Wow did he really say that? He really is the most moronic President that we’ve ever had isn’t he?

MobileVideoEngineer on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Wow. He totally got heckled!

Was GWB, despite the level he was detested by the left, ever even heckled the way Obama has been at his appearances recently? I never thought it would happen, but I’m starting to wonder if all sides (not just Republicans and conservatives) are starting to lose all respect for Obama. I’m guessing the repeated droning of the same vague and demagogued talking points, and total lack of new ideas, is starting to wear on even the left. Have even they started losing all respect for him?

gravityman on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

He got heckled.

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I wasn’t watching Obama’s speech….want to provide a brief recap?

I’d like especially to know about the heckling (’cause I’d have loved to have heard that in context).

Anyone else? Rundown of Mr. Dog Eater’s speech today?

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

No, people who agree with Rubio’s “Dream Act” are just wrong, wrong, wrong….including Senator Rubio himself.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Of course, dear, of course:

So which border were you carried across?

North? South? or did you Float in?

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

And I’m not going even to cite people like “Lourdes”.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

He said that it isn’t amnesty, but then he said that these illegals may create businesses.

WTF?

BuckeyeSam on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

This is going to backfire.

People are PISSED!

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

So which border were you carried across?

North? South? or did you Float in?

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Q.E.D.

To this folks, people who agree with Rubio’s Dream Act are anti-American illegal immigrants.

I guess starting with Senator Rubio himself.

Bookmarked for future reference.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

No need. We will all remember what a pandering lib leaning assclown you are, Joana.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM [et al]

Thanks for the play-by-play. I can’t stznd to listen to him.

davidk on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Yeah, huh.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

He’s pissed?! The meltdown continues?

22044 on June 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Too much bath salts. Not enough choomin.

The Rogue Tomato on June 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

You. Are. An. Idiot.

JPeterman on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Ditto that.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Heckled in the Rose Garden.

As Obama walks away. “What about American workers? American Farmers?”

WisRich on June 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

The tell: Can they register to vote by November? If so then the political pawprints are so blatant and obvious that even a journalist can’t miss them.

Speaker Boehner, your move.

spiritof61 on June 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Thank you Marco Rubio for proving that you are a lightweight by having Obama turning the tables on you.

Was it too hard for Rubio to be quiet and just remind hispanics that Obama had a super majority for two years and failed to pass the Dream Act?

RedRobin145 on June 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Obama would have done the same.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

“What about American workers? American Farmers?”

WisRich on June 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

“Fluke them” — Obama/joana

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Well, Scooter has shown today whom he cares about…and it’s not Americans.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Neal Monroe of the Daily Caller interrupted Zero.

Philly on June 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I came to this country legally and became a citizen in 2004.
I played by the rules and no one cut me any slack.

You. Are. An. Idiot.

JPeterman on June 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Apparently you failed to learn some manners though.

What’s exactly your point? I couldn’t care less from where you came from.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

LOL! Argument!

Philly on June 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Neal Monroe of the Daily Caller interrupted Zero.

Philly on June 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

WTG Neal!

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

t is becoming very obvious that Romney is trying to avoid making a commment on this situation. His team always puts out statements on issues of importance lickety-split. I wonder why not now? On second thought, I think I know why.

KickandSwimMom on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Give him time….he’s gotta check the polls first.

tencole on June 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Neal Monroe of the Daily Caller interrupted Zero.

Philly on June 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Kudos to him.

jennifernaz on June 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

First, we’ve all known that barry’s inclination is too rule by fiat. And we’ve all known that if Rs keep the House and get 51 in the Senate barry will be ruling the country by fiat more and more. These are leftists after all

Second. Joanna is half right. It is bad policy, but it is good politics. CO, NV, Fla all are in his sites. It won’t be popular in the red states..and that only serves to increase his happiness

he has been facing a near revolt on the leftist latino side so this is not surprising.

To Joanna’s point about Rubio’s plan…she can wish the Rs would have moved quicker..but that’s naive. Even if the Rs would have fully embraced it and passed thru the house, the Dem/Left would have stalled it…so that Barry could write an EO.

the Executive has huge powers…power to give money to his friends and punish his enemies. And, he has the power arrange the country so that the Left/Dem can govern for a generation

r keller on June 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Holy crap, he is pissed.

JPeterman on June 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Tell me what happened! I missed it on t.v.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Well, Scooter has shown today whom he cares about…and it’s not Americans.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

He hates the U.S. of America.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Romney should have said something by now. There’s no wind inside a campaign bus for him to stick his finger into.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Tell me what happened! I missed it on t.v.

Lourdes on June 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

He got interrupted by a reporter. Totally caught him off guard. It was beautiful.

jennifernaz on June 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Romney should have said something by now. There’s no wind inside a campaign bus for him to stick his finger into.

kingsjester on June 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

You’re kidding.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Neal Monroe of the Daily Caller interrupted Zero.

Philly on June 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Rush said reporters ran after him.

Brat on June 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Monroe crankily questioned Zero as to whether this is a good time to give illegals work permits given the high unemployment rate, and that set Zero off.

Philly on June 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Nope. He wrote US Citizens. It’s pretty clear. Am I reading it wrong? Nah, US Citizens. Let me quote it again: Labor competition is supposed to be between US Citizens. Yeps. US Citizens. Let’s get a screencap. Done. That’s what I replied to. US Citizens. And then you said that was the rule of law.

Can you do provide exactly the legal frame for your claims or not? I’ll wait. You can keep calling me an imbecile, but I’ll still wait. I’m curious about this theory of yours.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Joana, I very often agree with what you say, but almost never with how you say it. You really have a talent for making people angry. Couldn’t you just have said “don’t forget the legal residents” or something like that?

Gelsomina on June 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

MobileVideoEngineer on June 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

To be clear, NO, he didn’t actually speak that.
Answered the ‘what about American jobs’ questions with
great anger: “Because it’s the right thing to do.”

THEN, said it would offer relief for so many farmers out there, as well as (said earlier) those employers who worry that the pool of PHD material would have to pack up and leave.
OY

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

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