Obama Hints He May Be Open to Immigration Deal with GOP

Peter Baker, New York Times, January 31, 2014

President Obama signaled in an interview broadcast Friday that he might accept an immigration deal that does not include a special pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally, possibly meeting Republicans in the middle on an issue that has divided them for years.


Speaker John A. Boehner and other House Republicans on Thursday released a statement of principles on immigration that would not include the citizenship pathway but would allow such immigrants legal status.

In the interview on CNN that was taped on Thursday and aired Friday morning, Mr. Obama seemed to hint at finessing the difference as long as such immigrants could still apply under the regular citizenship process once they were legal. Republicans drafting their principles did not decide that question.

“If the speaker proposes something that says right away: Folks aren’t being deported, families aren’t being separated, we’re able to attract top young students to provide the skills or start businesses here and then there’s a regular process of citizenship, I’m not sure how wide the divide ends up being,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama added, “What I’m encouraged by is the fact that Mr. Boehner and others seem to recognize our country will be stronger if we are able to resolve this issue in a way where, you know, kids, for example, who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are Americans but don’t have the right papers are not being punished.”

Pressed on whether the pathway to citizenship was a provision he could surrender if necessary to win a compromise, Mr. Obama did not reject the concept.

“The question is, is there more that we can do in this legislation that gets both Democratic and Republican support,” he said, “but solves these broader problems, including strengthening borders and making sure that we have a legal immigration system that works better than it currently does.”


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  • Of course. He’ll take anything the Stupid Party can give him, because it will do nothing but help to serve Democrats in the long run, at the very least. Maybe even also the short run.

  • Erasmus

    Yup. Obama won’t give them citizenship right away, but he’ll get the ACLU to find a left-wing judge to strike down any prohibition against citizenship.

    The United States and its “leadership” have become a sad joke. The first duties of EVERY legitimate government EVERYWHERE and ALWAYS are to protect the country’s sovereign territory and the rights, property and well-being of its citizens. A government that refuses to do that, or can’t do that, ceases to be a legitimate government and is then mostly just a criminal cabal. At that point, all arguments for its legitimacy become moot, and it will rely more and more on force to keep its once law-biding citizens under control.

    No one tell me about organized crime when the biggest criminal conspiracy is in Washington. No one tell me about the dangers from Al-Qai’da when our own “leaders” are giddy to surrender without firing a shot.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    A message to the world’s 6.7 billion non-Americans: simply planting your butt here illegally means that you have “earned” citizenship (or at least residency). The floodgates are open! Come one, come all!

    • AutomaticSlim

      Great picture. That’s got to be India.
      Crowded, stinky, dirty, disease ridden.
      But…They have a moving train, so it can’t be Africa.

      • LACounty

        No, no, no. That’s right down the street from the UCLA med center in Sylmar, Ca.. I had an appmnt at that hospital about 3 months ago. I saw those same folks there.

      • Homo_Occidentalis

        Close but no cigar. It’s Bangladesh, or “East Pakistan” as some might know it.

  • DailyKenn

    Actually, they’re legalizing illegal Democrats. Were illegal aliens inclined to vote Republican, they’d been shipped out long ago.

  • Whatever.
    It’s a done deal. They are here now, and no one in a position of authority has the stones to turn the Mongol hordes away.

    The God damned race card wins again.

    • Erasmus

      Our proud republicans can now take their places in the halls of history beside those Roman Senators who stood by and did nothing as the barbarian hordes swept down the boot of Italy.

      Our nation’s “leaders” are a pack of cowards.

      • mobilebay

        Eisenhower had no trouble saying “Adios” to illegals, but the cowards who run this country quake at the thought.

    • His race card is maxed out.

    • MBlanc46

      I’d say it’s not a matter of lack of stones. They’re being here is their desired outcome.

  • bigone4u

    As a Cultural Marxist follower of Alinksy, Obama’s goal is to destroy all our traditions and institutions in favor of a vague future communist utopia where all are mixed race like him. That the GOP goes along with most of it tells me that they are a FALSE OPPOSITION. We need a real opposition party, not a fake one.

  • Sue

    numbersusadotcom If you don’t know about it please look into it. They need aware people to write, contribute, send free faxes. They need YOU.

    • LACounty

      I’m there frequently faxing. It’s easy.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Hey, is it raining? No, it’s the GOP urinating down my back! Knaves!

  • Alexandra1973

    I don’t see what the difference is. Being here legally vs. being a citizen…semantics.

    • Bossman

      Only citizens are allowed to vote.

      • For now, they cannot vote.
        However, their numbers are counted towards electoral votes.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        Legally, yes. But that doesn’t stop illegals from voting now, and it won’t stop them from continuing to vote once given legal residency. You can tell they’re doing it because of the massive amount of resistance Democrats have for any kind of voter identification.

        They know that voter fraud is rampant and that they are the primary beneficiaries.

    • MBlanc46

      It’s the “being here” part that’s the real problem.

  • Extropico

    The aspiring Helot class will never want to rise up against you, great Repugnant leaders.

    Also, slavery is quite acceptable and those slaves will never want equality or access to your daughters.

    The check is in the mail

    I’m on the pill.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    I wouldn’t believe a word Obama says. He has shown himself to be a serial liar. At this point, only a fool would trust Obama’s promises.

    • willbest

      Oh I don’t know, anything Obama says where the result will harm the country I take in good faith.

    • MBlanc46

      I never trust any politician. But it’s hard to not believe Obama when he says he’s ready to support an immigration amnesty.

    • LACounty

      He says what he’s told to say. There have been times in the past where I as an American have been embarrassed by what our President has said. Now I’m embarrassed by whom Americans have elected.

  • borogirl54

    To be honest, the majority of them will not apply for citizenship. All they want is a green card so they can go back and forth across the border. Most of them do not have the English proficiency or the money to apply for naturalization.

  • kenfrombayside

    I just went to the RNC’s website, like I do everyday, to express my disdain for traitors like Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, Graham and insane McCain. Most importantly. I tell them to go you know where.

    • jackryanvb

      Paul Ryan is getting better.

  • Spartacus

    Maybe Obongo wants to bring over his tribe from Kenya .

  • The First Railway Baggage-Porter-in-Chief once said that it (not “he”) would get that for free.

  • lily-white

    ; )

  • LACounty

    NumbersUSADOTcom sends faxes at the click of a button. Everyone on Amren that cares about immigration needs to get to that site, and/or the other great sites you’ve mentioned.

  • TXCriollo

    I just had a run in with a immigration reform idiot, and i almost lose my cool. I was at the gas station filling up my truck and a guy pulls up behind me looks at my bumper stickers and starts to talk to me. I have a cuban american flag sticker and im really debating on getting rid of it,the guy goes o ur part cuban i go ya, he goes your white tho not brown. I was like ok what do you want homie outta no where he starts asking me about immigration reform, im like wtf at a gas station. Before i can get a word out and say i dont support any new law changes, the guy just starts going on about how these people this and that they have a right to be here, i hope the law changes so we can help your people. That line right there made me almost lose it, i was like i got an idea lets ship them and there kids back build a fence then we can get rid of the immigration act of 1965 and start fresh. He didnt like that but it made me sure feel good he tried to argue i asked him do you hate america? Do you feel we need to let criminals in? He had no answer i got in my truck and left hes prob at home stewing in his liberal la la land

    • NeanderthalDNA

      I have a good friend I’ve known for years. Half Mexican, half Anglo, raised Jewish (mother married one), who is against reform, considers herself American. Also not a big fan of Jews, ceased to consider herself Jewish long ago too. Interesting girl that one.

      Those of Hispanic background who do assimilate often do not support this idiocy. Keep the Cuban sticker, I’d say and keep flabbergasting idiots if the say anything to you. The look on their faces must be priceless when you correct them…

    • jackryanvb

      We need you!

      The other side puts in their guys disguises them as RINOs, Neo conservatives. We can do the same.

      So the media demands Hispanics. OK, it should be you!

      Stay strong. Spain is a proud White country – beat the Arab Muslims at least once. Our side, the good guys won the Spanish civil war. Spain has great White soccer teams.

      Can you introduce me to any racially conscious, loyal Whiter Hispanics?

      • TXCriollo

        Move to texas you will find a lot

  • MooTieFighter

    just like gun control, baby steps instead of big jumps. eventually they will make it to their destination/goal, either way.

  • mobilebay

    I think we have a new party – the Republicrats – who are willing to sell us out for their own personal greed. Maybe someday, their grandchildren will ask them why they turned this country into a third world.

    • MBlanc46

      Not a new party. It’s been around all my life.

  • Malgus

    It’s going to boil down to demographics, and it will be ugly.

    When the Spanish had enough guys in place, they took over Mexico (which included chunks of what would become part of These United States).

    When the Mexicans had enough guys, they took over from the Spaniards and broke away.

    When the Anglos started showing up, the Mexicans were initially tolerant. When we had enough guys, we took over and broke away from the Mexicans.

    Now, the Mexicans are increasing their percentage of the population via illegal immigration. When they get enough guys in one place, trust me, they’re going to try and break away too.

    They’re not even trying to hide their intentions. La Raza preaches secession on a daily basis, with the ultimate goal of forming some state called Aztlan out of the American southwest… they have little interest in assimilating and even less in our ‘culture’…

    I think they won’t turn down citizenship if it furthers along their cause in forming Aztlan…

    • IstvanIN

      The Mexicans jumping the gun and fighting for an Independent Aztlan might be the best thing for us. An actual declared war might wake some of us up.

    • antiquesunlight

      I’d volunteer to drive a bus full of them there where they can listen to circus music and kill each other over drugs all they want.

  • John K

    They want what he wants. No surprise.

  • MBlanc46

    ” …[T]he Chamber of Commerce/Wall Street Journal/cheap labor types, aided by
    sentimental and dumb pro-life religious fundamentalists, are more than
    happy to flood America with as much of the Third World as possible.”

    Which is just why the Repubs are for it. It’s not a surprise. The only thing that surprises me is that it took them so long to do it.

  • AutomaticSlim

    I was in India (Delhi) on business in 2005. It was a hell hole. Every day on the drive from the hotel to the office, I saw about 30,000 people living in a park by the river, with dirty sheets hung on ropes as there homes. And the kids under ten were running around completely unclothed. It was far from”advanced”. And I cannot believe they have had much progress much in 8 years.

    Yes, you are right, the muslims there are the minority. A minority of about 140 million. The “imam” on the microphone in the park across from my hotel woke me up every day at 6 AM.

  • M&S

    It’s not a done deal.

    No indeed, they will simply retire and regroup until the next time. And people will become weaker, more distracted as the size of the national white population shrinks.

    As whites breed less and consume less, our ‘market economy’ will weaken and to the global elite this will mean loss of position versus the mega States of China, India, the Islamic World and soon, Africa, with their billion person populations.
    To stimulate against this, artificially, means that those who own BOTH Democratic and Republican legistors will push for defacto open borders, no matter what the cost to our rich cultural heritage and evolutionary potential.
    Whites must thus choose between abandoning democracy as the best government money can buy.
    And a dictatorship of white privilege in a white homeland for only white benefits is the promise kept between ourselves and a new leadership.
    Said dictatorship to begin with a bloody example, similar to that of the Night Of The Long Knives in Germany.
    Because only once our ‘leadership’ or more accurately, the bureaucracy which they represent in the day to day running of our national government, lives in utter abject terror of physical harm that WILL be visited upon them if they don’t effect the will of the majority, will they in fact do what is in our best interest, not their’s.
    In normal adult populations there is a transition from childish “I can’t” (because mom and dad and the teacher and the cops will all punish me.) to “I mustn’t!” (because it is not what I would want done to me…) as a counterfactual proof that victimization is wrong and we are what we will ourselves not to treat others as.
    Politicians have made no such ingrained transition from the micro to the macro social condition and so they will press the envelope so long as no one actually _hurts them_ to make it clear there are no-go zones which are functionally absolute in their forbidding.
    We need to stage a revolution which begins and ends with a gallows noose for the majority of our national leadership, based on their voting records vs. the public opinion poll declarations of how their actions are not representative of the majority will.
    Only then will it become clear to these socially retarded fools that: “You hang with us, or we will hang you, apart.”