An emboldened President Obama is challenging Republicans for threatening to defund his plans for executive amnesty.
“If, rather than try to solve the problem of a broken immigration system, they compound the problem, I’ll veto it,” he said in an attempt to buck up congressional Democrats in Philadelphia yesterday.
Obama honed in on comments made by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) that it would not be “the end of the world” if Congress missed the funding deadline for the Department of Homeland Security on February 27.
“I tell you, these are the guys who are always saying they’re concerned about the borders. These are the folks who say they’re concerned about terrorism,” he said. “Well, who do you think helps monitor our borders? What do you mean, it’s not the end of the world? That’s all you’ve been talking about.”
Obama accused Republicans of sacrificing national security to “make a political point” as a result of “political games in Washington.”
Although he was emboldened in his fight to preserve his executive actions on immigration reform, Obama admitted that many of his policies cost Democrats heavy losses in the mid-term elections.
“I’m happy to take on some of the blame,” he said, but encouraged Democrats to be bold with their agenda, citing Obamacare, immigration reform, free college and more taxes and spending.
“Yes, we believe that families shouldn’t be torn apart, and we’re glad that we’re fighting for immigration reform,” he said proudly.
“We need to stand up and go on offense, and not be defensive about what we believe in!” he cried. “That’s why we’re Democrats!”