The politics of immigration
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 5:11
- Date Jun 25, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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Don't know what the administration said the white house press release and the action by the DHS here's what governor Mitt Romney said today about Supreme Court ruling was out in Arizona actually.
In a fund raiser off camera he said quote I would've preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states.
Not less and there are states now under this decision have less authority less latitude to enforce immigration laws.
And it's really it's become a model but it didn't have to be this way.
-- went on to say President Obama has failed to provide leadership on immigration and ever represents a broken promises specially with -- democratic house in the democratic -- at the beginning in his term back with the panel.
Fred the politics of this how it plays for governor Romney imprisoned.
Well I don't think non enforcement of immigration laws is a good policy for Obama to be running for reelection on even the centerpiece is one that was upheld by the a Supreme Court is supported -- 65%.
But not by Obama I mean he still would get a statement today warned about how -- worried about how it'll be applied so.
And I don't think this ruling today.
He's gonna help anymore among Hispanics and obviously president is is also doing very well among Hispanics but here's what.
-- irk me.
For the president now.
To come out and say we have to have comprehensive immigration reform something he said every year of his president -- would produce a bill on.
And now -- calling for it.
It's hypocritical in the extreme if he really believes that.
They're three Republicans who -- the most active in 2007 to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
John McCain and Jon Kyl of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina he could call them and say look let's get together.
We can compromise on this and we can do it right now.
It has he done that of course he hasn't done that back in 2007 he was voting for poison pills.
Didn't help him up for the belt the bill what year that would have made it.
Impossible to pass one.
I'd just before we lose track of reality here is the fact is President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants and anybody.
He has done a tremendous job of enforcing the law so let's not say oh -- elected -- for it unless they under the 287 G program -- just deported thirty to 40000 suspected illegal immigrants -- program ended today when I'm just saying that's the record heat and it has cost him politically in the Hispanic community have been so aggressive.
More aggressive than his predecessor in deporting illegal immigrants just to stay in touch with reality.
And and not from someone who was born yesterday but someone who's not a conspiracy here.
And and so when was born in the United States that so let me just say the -- to Fred's point it's not selective enforcement.
What we have here and I think you see this from Mitt Romney talking about -- -- this is you know we don't wants.
We were taking away authority of the states the president does want immigration reform President Bush -- immigration reform and the same trio you mentioned nodded.
It's it's -- bush tried again.
And -- -- -- worked with President Bush what happened it was blocked by republic OK but mark to.
Fred you initial point the democratic house democratic senate -- first year and a half was spent really on health care not on -- no doubt that the health care was that the first.
Two year priority.
And it's also true -- Fred points out that this Arizona Lott is supported by about 60%.
Americans however 75% of Hispanics don't like it.
And this is the problem for Mitt Romney he dug himself in a -- in the primaries he went very hard right on immigration.
He used it as a battering ram against Rick Perry -- -- Gingrich he said he'd veto the DREAM Act now the president is putting a version of the DREAM Act content.
Action but through an through an executive non executive order but executive action in fact in -- debate in Arizona he said he thought the the laws of the virus ZoneAlarm was a model he said he would never brought the suit and he also talked about self deportation I mean.
That that the fact is that Republicans need to win about 40% of the vote to win states like Colorado.
And Nevada may -- Romney thinks he has a path between seventy without those states and -- very well might be one but he isn't a deep -- -- Hispanics and everything that's happened in the last couple of weeks.
Has only helped Obama with Hispanic voters Charles.
Let me just say as someone who is not a -- -- but it was also.
A native American.
And native of boredom Elizabeth Warren here.
That I think ultimately this is going to be a -- the ruling today will be awash.
I think view because it's a mixed one and I think it has a real political impact.
The political and black was Obama as unilateral implementation of the DREAM Act.
Which was -- cool among Hispanics but I think people are overlooking the fact that two to one among non Hispanic Americans.
They favor of the law in Arizona.
And I think standing up on this issue and and and requiring that the administration.
Administer the law and carrying out will carry a lot of -- to a laugh -- -- the Hispanics I think ultimately it's a wash.
Gallup has -- -- -- -- Hispanics are very concerned about the economy more than immigration also this week up next if I can.