On today’s edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, in a conversation with a phone-in African American who voted for Obama in 2008, who voiced apparent confusion and frustration on his immigration policies which he stated, “…are so weak and watered-down and leaning so far towards… in the way of leniency of the law and breaking the law to appease a certain segment of society.”
In usual form, Rush jumped right in interrupting the guest and went on a rant:
Here’s the audio:
Rush: “Congress defeated this; Congress defeated the Dream Act. Polosi is out there today to say she supports this because of what the Democrats did. “You’re right, he’s totally breaking the law; He doesn’t have the constitutional right to do this.”
Rush claims that Congress “defeated the Dream Act.”
The fact is that last year the Senate failed to overcome a bipartisan filibuster against the DREAM Act, by a vote of 55 to 41, just five short of the 60 needed to advance the immigration bill to a final debate in the chamber. Nothing has been done since.
Shortly thereafter Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went to the Senate floor to say he had a message for immigrants pushing for the DREAM Act. “You are wasting your time,” he said. “We are not going to pass the DREAM act or any other immigration bill [until] we secure our borders.”
As a candidate in 2008, President Obama had promised to pass a plan during his first year in office. He wasn’t able to make that happen. I am sure he heard the message loud and clear from the Senate. I am also sure he heard the message from the Latino community that he broke his promise, but did he break the law?
The administration’s action on Friday, which stops deportations but does not offer citizenship or even permanent legal status, was a policy directive from the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration enforcement, and does not require legislation.
Rush Limbaugh, here’s a message to you. If you want to accuse someone of breaking the law, call a police officer. Your radio show does not exempt you from slander, an unlawful thing itself.
What the President did is called for a policy change. Presidents do that. Actually what he did was sign an order from The Department of Homeland Security. The President heads the Department of Immigration, which is a part of the Executive Branch. So the order was perfectly legal, and the right thing to do.
I think most reasonable Americans understand what “doing the right thing” encompasses. Getting mired up in hatred and fear, pointing fingers and making false accusations, is not the right thing to do. This was a humanitarian decision, and at least a small step towards a fair solution to a tough issue. Treating the children of undocumented immigrants as criminals is punishing children for their parents’ transgressions. This is a practice that was never fair or just. I applaud the president for taking this action.
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