Why didn’t Obama pursue immigration reform in 2009?

Why didn’t Obama pursue immigration reform in 2009?

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest communicated his bewilderment perfectly on Monday while on the receiving end of a grilling by Fox News White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Henry recalled that then candidate Barack Obama guaranteed in an interview with Univision host Jorge Ramos that an immigration reform proposal he would support would be among his accomplishments in the first year of his presidency.

“I cannot guarantee that it is going to be in the first 100 days,” Obama told Ramos in May, 2008. “But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.”

Obama dropped that ball. Even Politifact, which cannot bring itself to label virtually any of the president’s failed promises regarding immigration reform “broken,” has singled out this one as a clear and unequivocal broken promise.

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Given the size of Democratic majorities in Congress, the president could have been provided with an immigration bill designed and passed exclusively by Democrats. In the same fashion that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act were purely partisan exercises, The American Dream and Apple Pie Betsy Ross Act of 2009 (How could you oppose that?) would have been the dream Democratic reform package.

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