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.
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
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."