1. Obama isn’t implementing amnesty. He’s fighting amnesty or something.
“I know some of the critics of this action call it amnesty. Well, it’s not. Amnesty is the immigration system we have today… That’s the real amnesty – leaving this broken system the way it is.”
In a speech filled with howlers and crazy lies, Obama’s claim that deporting illegal aliens is amnesty but giving them legal status isn’t, tops the list.
Somewhere George Orwell is climbing out of a grave and calling his lawyer. Really, we can now add “deportation is amnesty and legalization is deportation” to the old freedom and war list.
2. We are a nation of laws
“Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable… “
The least appropriate time to namecheck America as a nation of laws is when you have to decided to…
A. Illegally usurp Congress
B. Provide sanction to lawbreakers
C. Disregard the very immigration laws you’re mentioning
When you use phone and pen to run everything, then the country isn’t a nation of laws. It’s a nation of executive orders.
3. Amnesty for 5 million illegals isn’t “mass amnesty”
“Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character. What I’m describing is accountability – a commonsense, middle ground approach”
Obama has a bad habit of claiming to be the centrist because he’s standing between two strawmen extremes. But this is pathetic even by that measure.
Here he’s seriously claiming that amnesty for 5 million illegal aliens isn’t “mass amnesty”. If not every single illegal alien has been amnestied, then it’s not “mass amnesty”.
Is there anyone out there stupid enough to believe that?
4. Which part of illegal don’t you understand?
“But even as we focus on deporting criminals, the fact is, millions of immigrants – in every state, of every race and nationality – will still live here illegally…”
Illegally entering the US is a crime. Illegal aliens are criminals. Identity theft, routine among illegals, is also a crime.
5. No, seriously
“I know that some worry immigration will change the very fabric of who we are, or take our jobs, or stick it to middle-class families at a time when they already feel like they’ve gotten the raw end of the deal for over a decade. I hear these concerns. But that’s not what these steps would do.”
After summarizing some of the problems from his amnesty, Obama’s response is “no they won’t”. That’s it. Followed by using some kids as human shields.
Obama isn’t even bothering to have a debate. He falls back into his usual sanctimonious “I hear what you’re saying, now let me ignore it.”