Obama: GOP 'Captive to the Nativist Elements in Its Party' on Amnesty

In a new Economist interview, President Barack Obama praised big corporations for embracing amnesty while blasting the Republican Party for opposing it.

"Now, to their credit, I think on an issue like immigration reform, for example, companies did step up," said Obama. "And what they’re discovering is the problem is not the regulatory zealotry of the Obama administration; what they’re discovering is the dysfunction of a Republican Party that knows we need immigration reform, knows that it would actually be good for its long-term prospects, but is captive to the nativist elements in its party."

Obama also spoke about immigration issues around the world, including in South Africa:

So when it comes to South Africa, we recognize a suspicion they may have about meddling too much in the affairs of Zimbabwe, for example. But my argument to them would be, ultimately, as a key regional power, if they fail to invest in the kind of international order or regional order that helps ordinary Zimbabweans thrive, then they’re going to have an immigration problem—which they already do. That, in turn, is going to put more pressure on them and their economies.

Obama added: "And ultimately, those chickens will come home to roost."


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