President Obama’s 15 minute address delivered yesterday on the topic of immigration action set off political waves in every direction. Republican candidates immediately criticized the President’s actions while Democrats, for the most part, offered support and praise for his decision.

Some Republicans, like Jeb Bush, directed most of their criticism at the President for acting unilaterally while at the same time expressing support for the topic of immigration reform.

Here’s a short rundown of responses from several key players in 2016.

Hillary Clinton:

Jeb Bush:

“President Obama’s ill-advised unilateral action on illegal immigration undermines all efforts to forge a permanent solution to this crisis. Action must come in the form of bipartisan comprehensive reform passed through Congress. President Obama has once again put divisive and manipulative politics before the sober leadership and sound laws required of an exceptional nation. It is time for Republican leaders in Congress to act. We must demonstrate to Americans we are the Party that will tackle serious challenges and build broad-based consensus to achieve meaningful reforms for our citizens and our future.”

Ted Cruz:

“We are unfortunately witnessing a constitutional crisis. What President Obama’s doing is he is defying the law, he’s defying the Constitution. The President quite rightly said just a few weeks ago his policies were on the ballot all over the country. This last election was a referendum among amnesty and the American people overwhelmingly rose up and said, no, we don’t want lawless amnesty. And I’m sorry to say President Obama’s reaction is defiant and it is angry with the American people. If the President goes forward with this, if he goes forward unilaterally defying the Congress, defying the American voters then it’s incumbent upon Congress to use every single constitutional rule we have. To defend the rule of law to rein in a President so the President does not become an unaccountable monarch imposing his own policies in defiance of the American people. This is a moment of testing and I am hopeful we will see Republicans in Congress stand up and side with the American people.”

Rick Perry:

“In Texas we know firsthand the problems brought by illegal immigration and bad federal policy. As we saw with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the border, a bad policy led to children being put at risk. The president’s decision tonight will lead to more illegal immigration, not less. It is time for the president and Congress to secure our border, followed by meaningful reforms. There is no more time for political grandstanding.”

Rand Paul:

Marco Rubio:

“We need immigration reform. But the right way to do it is to first bring illegal immigration under control by securing the borders and enforcing the laws, then modernizing our legal immigration system. After we do these things, we will eventually have to deal with those here illegally in a reasonable but responsible way. The President’s actions now make all of this harder and are unfair to people in our immigration system who are doing things the right way.”

Marin O’Malley:

As you can see, reaction is split sharply along party lines.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Obama is displaying his total disregard of the US Constitution, and the Rule of Law, once more. He is again defiant to the will of the American Citizens, who CLEARLY send a message on November 4th — We don’t want you to rule us anymore, for you are nothing but a wannabe dictator who cares naught for US!

    Obama, however, is placing his hubris and socialist agenda above the Will of the American People — hoping to create a crisis that will lead to discord and challenges of his continued lawlessness, THAT HE HOPES WILL ROCK THE NATION! As such, he has ZERO interest to bring the nation together to solve our economic problems, WHERE AMERICANS ARE OUT OF WORK, but INSTEAD Obama wants to cater to MILLIONS of Foreign Latino law-breakers, who by the act of Illegally being in the USA are deemed under the Constitution as Criminals to be Deported on the spot!

    Obama wants to give these Latin foreign illegal invaders of Our Nation the ability to stay here and get our Jobs instead, and eventually become voting Citizens! His goal is to create a subculture of Latinos that will always vote the Dems way — thus assuring the cultural destruction of our nation, since this currently small, but ever growing under the Dems protection, block of Latinos will become the deciding factor in all future US elections if this unconstitutional trend continues!

    America’s Heartland will become SILENT, thus Null and Void in future Elections — since these Latin Invaders will be concentrated in Big Cities and thus OUTVOTE them, ALWAYS!

    Obama’s defacto Amnesty of MILLIONS of Latin Foreigners that are here Illegally — will just do that, KILL Real Americans Votes!

    The only way to stop this anti-American, Barrack Hussein, is to have Real Patriots IMPEACH his ugliness (since Neo-con Republicans will look the other way, being American traitors on par with Obama)!

    IMPEACH Obama NOW — or Revolution Later…!

  2. The important thing is in the first sentence–“set off political waves,” with even Rubio saying, “we need immigration reform.” After their drubbing in 1994 and 2006, Clinton and Bush seemed to wander around aimlessly. From a tactical perspective, it was a very effective move. He forced the opposition into a defensive mode, at a time when they are still two months from being able to react effectively. Now, if they do anything on immigration, he’ll say they responded to him. If they do nothing, he will say it vindicates him.

    I’m not talking about constitutionality or propriety or results. I’m just saying that I think Obama’s bad numbers are because of a perception of ineffectiveness–which is also why Congress’ numbers are much lower.

    • In addition can you just hear the GOP/RNC attempt to explain to the Chamber of Commerce why they are attempting to revoke the amnesty Executive Order? I can’t !
      They will pass an immigration reform act of some kind therefore legitimize President Obama’s Executive Order and as Goethe said vindicate his Constitutional lawlessness. CALL IT “SILENCE OF THE LAMBS”

      • I wonder what other Executive Orders may be on the way before January. It’s an interesting gambit. Usually, when a president is “thumped,” he goes to the corner and cowers, so the new Congress can come busting in like a SWAT team. But if he sets the agenda with Executive Orders, they’ll have to be reactive, blunting their entrance. I don’t remember this happening before.

  3. Unfortunately the Neocon Repubs will DO NOTHING to stop this latest of Obama’s lawlessness — the defacto Amnesty of lawbreaking Latinos that have invaded our Nation illegally!

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-weighs-responses-to-obama%E2%80%99s-immigration-action/ar-BBfpFBx

    The above article shows the only measures they’ll take will be symbolic only!

    As such, it exposes these Neocons as disconnected to the will of We The People, as Obama is!

    Here’s a look at the Neocons leading options:

    1) Do nothing …for now (their proven option, what Neocons do best to retain their power — NOTHING!)

    2) Use the budget process (which the #1 ruling Neocon now — Mitch McConnell — is against). Which again means DO NOTHING!

    3) Go to court adding This Unconstitutional Amnesty By Obama to the original lawsuit (House Republicans filed a lawsuit Friday against the president for failing to enforce part of the Affordable Care Act). But legal experts say such lawsuits are typically rejected by the courts — so another worthless symbolic act only —- achieving NOTHING!

    4) Pass an immigration bill that pleases Obama, thus knuckling under his rule and proving once more that the Neocons are interested only in preserving their jobs (by compromising and playing ball with The Enemy of USA) and CARE NAUGHT ABOUT THE JOB THEY WERE HIRED TO DO — Protect the American People from Obama’s Lawless Government!
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    We need to send an Uncompromising Message to these Neocons — we elected you only to counter Obama (not because you are one of US)! And if you fail doing this — we will NEVER vote for your likes again!

    Old-guard Mitch McConnell has stated that the young Tea Party members in the House are PUNKS (who do not know how to govern, so it is his goal to destroy the Tea Party)! What this Establishment Neocon fails to see is that WE DO NOT WANT TO BE GOVERNED! Our Constitution guarantees US that we tell the Government what to do — NOT THE OPPOSITE!

    Therefore, We The People, need to send this Uncompromising Message to the Neocons — We have awaken, you MUST listen to the Tea Party and their Goal to save our nation from this Big Brother Gov! Failing to do so, Neocons, will result in US meting out your just punishment as traitors to our Republic! Adjoining prison cells for you and Obama will be our goal if you fail US!

    IMPEACHING Obama is the ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS Criminal in Office!

    Call the Dems bluff — start Impeachment proceedings now — The American People are ALL FOR getting rid of this wannabe Dictator, Barrack Hussein!

  4. Further proof Why Obama MUST be Impeached — this President basically gave a green light for the brodahs to riot after his speech on Ferguson!

    And his veiled incitement worked — they rioted, torched, sacked and robbed businesses in Ferguson, courtesy of Obama’s permission to do so! And the Police stood by watching and doing nothing to stop these animals!

    Here is Obama’s exact transcript of what he said:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/transcript-obamas-remarks-on-ferguson-grand-jury-decision/2014/11/24/afc3b38e-744f-11e4-bd1b-03009bd3e984_story.html

    Logically dissecting the salient points from the tripe Obama said that night:

    1) “The fact is in too many parts of this country a deep distrust exists
    between law enforcement and communities of color. Some of this is the
    result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country.” —
    — While Obama is supposedly asking for calmness, he is fueling the fire by trumpeting of a “legacy of racial discrimination in this country” (that’s a pure example of racial demagoguery employed by what is supposed to be a US President, in order to incite riots, not ameliorate an explosive situation).

    2) “That means working with law enforcement officials to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve”—
    — So, according to Obama, we need Chinese Cops in China Towns, Black Cops in ghettos, Jewish cops in Jewish neighborhoods, etc. How racist is that…!?! And what an inflammatory of a statement by a supposed US President!

    3) “…there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in a discriminatory fashion.” —
    — You got that right Obama — when a white 95 year-old WW2 veteran gets killed by black cops …Mum’s the word! But when a black robber gets killed — you got no problem making him a martyr (like you did with drug-dealing Trevon), just because they are black. Further proof that you are a RACIST, that hates whites (as such, you are unfit to be in the Oval office)!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHeygzUCRjk

    4) “…to those in Ferguson, there are ways of channeling your concerns
    constructively, and there are ways of channeling your concerns
    destructively.” —
    — now Obama spits it out. Giving them two options — and his brodahs naturally took option number two!
    Reading between the lines — Obama actually gives these animals the option to riot!

    Time to IMPEACH Obama — his transgressions against the American People are in the thousands, and now he even incites race riots to further destroy our Nation!

    • The boon from Ferguson’s police inaction while the brodahs were looting and torching:

      1) The American people saw that the police will NOT protect you, or your property, from rampaging animals!

      2) Gun sales are spiking up again nationwide — for the people clearly saw that only they can protect themselves from rioting mobs…not the police!

      Thank you Obama for further cementing that your Gov is the Enemy of We, The People!

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