Let me get this straight. Obama had both the House and Senate for 2 full years and didn’t push comprehensive immigration reform as promised. He didn’t do it for his entire first term. Now Obama wants to take credit for a bill that he had nothing to do with and didn’t negotiate. Now that there is a bipartisan agreement on how to deal with illegal immigration, Obama wants credit.
No to mention that this plan is different than anything he’s offered and is modeled from Bush’s old immigration plan.
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday welcomed an immigration deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and gave credit to President Obama for pressing the issue.
“I think it’s important before we let the moment pass to acknowledge that the progress we’re seeing embodied in the priniciples put forward by this bipartisan group is happening for a reason: I think it’s happening because consensus is developing in the country, a bipartisan consensus, and it’s happening because the president has demonstrated significant leadership on this issue,” Carney said.
He said that when immigration reform failed in 2010, Obama continued to press for it, giving speeches repeatedly and putting out a detailed blueprint for reform.
“He made clear in the campaign last year that this would be a top priority of his in a second term, and he is keeping that commitment by pressing forward today,” he said.