Obama: Immigration Reform Will Pass Before I Leave Office
On Valentine’s Day, President Obama told a Univision Radio audience that Congress will deliver a comprehensive immigration reform bill before he leaves office in 2016.
“I believe it will get done before my presidency is over,” Obama declared. “I’d like to get it done this year.”
Obama pointed his finger at Republicans for obstructing the pathway to the controversial reform bill. “The main thing people can do right now is put pressure on Republicans who have refused so far to act,” he said. “And I think sending a strong message to them that this is the right thing to do, it’s important to do, it’s the fair thing to do, and it will actually improve the economy and give people a chance.”
Up until earlier in the year, things looked promising for proponents of the bill, as Republicans offered some encouraging signs of passing it. However, the landscape started to change when Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Obama had not demonstrated to Republican lawmakers “that he can be trusted to enforce the law as it was written.” The chief Republican lawmaker charged the President with varying the new healthcare law “on a whim, whenever he likes” and said that his recent focus on executive actions was disturbing.
“Now he’s running around the country telling everyone that he’s going to keep acting on his own,” Boehner continued. “He’s talking about his phone and his pen and he’s feeding more distrust about whether he’s committed to the rule of law. There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce the law. And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”