I have an article running in Reuters today that rebuts claims by the White House that Republicans are to blame for the failure of immigration reform. It’s not them, but President Obama, incompetent at political discourse and contemptuous of his opponents, who failed.
From the piece.
The demise of his immigration agenda was predictable because it was killed by the same incompetence and false assumptions that have characterized his entire presidency . . .
Obama doesn’t think conservatives particularly like immigration, that they are nativists at heart. That’s why he directed them last week in remarks made in the Rose Garden to “remember” that immigration “makes us strong” and “makes us Americans.”
So he never seriously sought to lay the groundwork for a deal with the right. Because he thinks they don’t want one, that demands to seal the border are a way to avoid action.
I hope you have a chance to take a look. You can find the article here.