BO announcing DACA June 15, 2012 . . . .”This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.”
“Just six years ago, the unlikely trio of John McCain, Ted Kennedy and President Bush came together to champion this kind of reform. And I was proud to join 23 Republicans in voting for it. So there’s no reason that we can’t come together and get this done.”
There was never a final vote, but BO was one of the co-sponsors of the bill. And of the bill BO said the following . . . .
“Supports a path to citizenship similar to McCain-Kennedy and voted for the 2006 bill incorporating major aspects of the plan. Voted for the Mexican border fence. Would toughen penalties on firms that hire illegal immigrants. Calls for promoting economic development with Mexico as a way to decrease illegal immigration and, like Clinton, says family reunification should be a guiding principle in immigration policy.”
As part of that bill was the DREAM Act provisions as pushed by President Bush who negotiated the terms with Mexico and had Kennedy and McCain frame the legislation and present it to the Senate
Even when BO introduced DACA, he said it was a temp measure and that Congress needed to act, but BO made a promise he didn’t keep because, as usual, he dictated terms and assumed capitulation from Congress. He didn’t, and didn’t know how to, negotiate and lost the vote in Congress and never re-visited the legislation.
And as demonstrated by Comprehensive_Immigration_Reform_Act_of_2007, BO ‘jacked an idea presented by better people then himself and had seen it fail. Legislation that the Dems failed to get behind in spite of all the high sounding rhetoric you hear now they are the minority party. If the Dems had supported reform, which the GOP would’ve gotten credit for, the legislation could’ve passed.
Knowing that legislation to enshrine DACA would fail without border control first, from previous experience –
“The proponents did not get even a simple majority. The message is crystal-clear. The American people want us to start with enforcement at the border and at the workplace and don’t want promises. They want action, they want results, and they want proof because they’ve heard all the promises before.”
– and if DACA was not a path to citizenship, what the hell was BO thinking except to cause more division, more distrust and more anarchy to add to what he had already done and set civil rights back 50 years?