Is Obama playing politics with immigration?
Romney slams 'timing' of president's new policy
- Duration 5:54
- Date Jun 18, 2012
Romney slams 'timing' of president's new policy
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I met Ronnie slamming the timing of president Obama's controversial new immigration order.
That will allow certain young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation he says -- Romney administration -- handled things completely differently.
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I commend office and say we need to get this done.
On a long term -- not this kind of a stop gap measure what what the president did he he should have worked on this years ago.
If he felt seriously about this he should have taken action but he had a Democrat house and senate but he didn't.
He saves these sort of things until four and a -- months before the general election.
Thursday is national political correspondent and talk radio news -- for -- -- and news service and here's some powers.
Is -- Daily Beast columnist and a Fox News contributor -- comfortable when you good morning and the morning's -- let's start with that I mean he had the opportunity he had both houses of congress he couldn't pass this along time ago in fact he said that.
-- congress did not given the authority to do what he just did it.
Sure I mean.
I think he should have done comprehensive immigration reform along time ago he promised the Hispanic community that he would do that.
He didn't do it I don't there's any question that this is political.
I think it's substance heavily the right.
Thing to do when -- he should have done a long time ago.
Bite I have to say Romney is complaining isn't gonna help him in any way politically because voters really don't care about process they care much more about that.
And results of what happens and I think that this is a good policy and and Romney is it actually really saying what he would do he just says he would do.
Something long range that's not really addressing whether or not he would support this yet.
A plan to present in the senate that was so similar my at least in its outlines what we heard from the president yesterday which raises a couple of interesting questions I mean did the president jumped to try to get ahead of this -- legislation.
And the other question is actually there's several quite a bit not -- you know sort of support -- legislation on this and then they could've.
Been to get out front on her.
Well -- first -- for -- that's an excellent point I think that's the position that I certainly take you know like Kirsten.
I agree this is political I don't feign outrage when I see politicians acting politically I've kind of gotten used to that.
But the problem here is that the president has missed a major opportunity where you can have bipartisan.
And fix what many consider to be a major immigration problem in a way for which there is bipartisan support senator rubio senator Kyl senator Hutchinson.
Senator McCain senator hatch you have all these Republicans in the senate.
What indicated a willingness to -- for this type a proposal but why don't you do it through the process set up by that.
Pesky thing to -- Obama called the US constitution.
By which congress changes and makes laws not the president the president has to enforce them.
And this is very indicative of what -- -- this president.
Major overreach from the administrative and executive branches at the peril of the constitution that he swears to defend.
That's -- -- how about that I mean the president had to obviously he was aware of the administration was aware that that rubio was -- -- this legislation.
Was it an opportunity to reach across the -- say you know what we're having a lot of problems getting things done the American people are so fed up.
With the inability to accomplish things in congress they they could take this opportunity may be worked on something together.
Well I would say two things -- one is I'm a little skeptical about congress supporting.
Something like this considering the position of the Republican Party overall towards immigration.
The fact he has some senators behind -- -- not the same thing as having the entire congress behind and having the house behind as well so.
You know -- just a little I'm a little skeptical about that second of all I do think this is political I think the president.
Realizes he's in trouble -- with the Hispanic community while he has their support overwhelmingly in the sense that they're not gonna vote Republican.
Because of the Republican Party its position about immigration.
He can't be sure they're gonna turn out because they're not particularly happy with the fact that he hasn't lived up to his promises so.
I think he realized he had to do something quickly before the election let -- so what David -- said to Chris -- about this over the weekend.
Isn't that -- it was not done with some political consideration it was not candy and who.
Five months before the election could have a vote well listen who knows how the politics will turn out but this decision went -- the right decision.
So are at courses in Crowley and Chris Voss also spoke with -- -- over the weekend but yeah I want you active political side of this in terms of in terms of -- -- Net because this kitchen brought -- Tony met Ronnie you know has remained sort of unequivocal.
Eye on how his what is his take is on this -- Did -- miss an opportunity to to sort of maybe Poland that Latino vote to some extent by getting out front Edison and signing on with Marco Rubio or at least in some fashion.
Well the bill is -- yet to totally be formed it's in process they've been discussing and I think that governor.
Has certainly considered on what -- senator rubio and others are saying which is when it comes to children there should perhaps be.
Senate consideration if suddenly jump on that bandwagon -- -- -- yeah until -- that's a great idea that you sit back you're not look I don't think it talk about jumping on bandwagon the president a year ago basically told the town hall meeting hosted by Univision the Spanish speaking.
I'll let language channel that he did not have congressional authority to do the exact same thing here that he did today he's been campaigning on the fact that he has supported more people than George W.
Bush because he's just enforcing the law but now all of a sudden five months before the election this law that he's been forcing for the last and -- -- seems to be.
You know nonexistent or at least not binding him to -- certain powers under the constitution so you can have it both ways and David -- Saying something's not political it is was really a magical thing for the president's chief political advisor Tony and -- thanks so much apaches and thanks so much.