- Posted January 4, 2014 by
Watertown, New York
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Will Obama Have Deported All 11 Million Illegals By the End Of His Second Term?
When you look back on his last year at all the things he's not been able to accomplish, you can't judge our president just on what the GOP has obstructed.
President Obama has accomplished more than Republicans give him credit for having done.
So let's give credit where credit is due in all fairness.
Although President Obama supports setting a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants, his administration deported a record 1.5 million of them in his first term.
While President George W. Bush deported 2 million for his entire two terms, Obama is on pace to far out - deport Bush by the end of his second term.
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated the illegal immigrant population nationwide at 11.2 million.
At Obama's current pace, he may well deport all 11 million of illegal immigrants by the end of his second term.
This should please the Republican Party, but it won't. Obama will get no credit from them, so why does he try so hard to please them?
Obama says he committed to focusing on deporting hardened criminals first and has supported a program where children of illegals attending school are excluded from deportation.
But many breadwinners are being deported having been caught up in Obama's attempt to appear 'tough on illegal immigration'.
Maybe our president wants to be seen favorably by the far right and pro -deportation crowd.
But nothing this president does will please them or be seen as having done enough. Still, he continues to seek their favor as he dismisses the progressive side of his own party's opinion possibly because he feels he already has our support.
But we're growing tired of his pragmatic approach to governing- asking only for what he feels the GOP will give him and concede to.
The GOP doesn't like Obama yet he keeps trying to get them to respect him.
"If you instead compare the two presidents’ monthly averages, it works out to 32,886 for Obama and 20,964 for Bush, putting Obama clearly in the lead.
Bill Clinton is far behind with 869,676 total and 9,059 per month.
All previous occupants of the White House going back to 1892 fell well short of the level of the three most recent presidents."
Then there was the most recent budget deal that didn't include the extension of UI Benefits for workers, the NSA spying he defends, the drone strikes, the refusal to stand with workers in Wisconsin, Detroit, and the group of protestors for Occupy Wall Street.
In fact, NSA information was passed to local police departments to help quell those protests without a word from this president.
When Obama said he wanted to turn the page on the Iraq War, I questioned his reason.
There were war crimes committed during that war.
There were crimes committed by Wall Street that lead to millions losing their jobs and homes yet bankers were bailed out and Main Street was left to fend for itself.
Could Obama do more with executive orders?
He's said he's not a dictator and would prefer to go about changing laws the right way.
Does that mean the Republican way because all I've seen is our president's willingness to take only what the GOP give him and not fight for what's right for American workers.
Obama's a pragmatist. He's said so himself.
Does this mean he's settled for less because that's all Republicans will give him or that his views are aligned with corporate interests as well? Progressives wonder.
I'd prefer to see our president fight for what's right for citizens and set the stage for 2014 midterm elections where we can purge the U.S. House of the zealots and extremists in the GOP's Tea Party then to compromise with policies and laws that are passed that gut social programs and fail to extend programs that American people still need desperately.
So, "Turn the page, Mr. President?"
Is that all the fight you have left in you or is this an admission that you're just too tired of the beatings to continue to push for what you claimed you wanted to accomplish when you were first elected?
Maybe Hawaii and some sun will refresh you and your willingness to fight.
Progressives want to see you succeed. And so do I.
But you need to fight harder and expose the GOP for what we know they've become.