During the presidential campaign of 2012, as incumbent Barack Obama ran for re-election, he was repeatedly asked if he would take action to grant amnesty of some form to the millions of illegal immigrants in the country and on 27 occasions, he responded ‘no’ that was as unequivocal as it was full of regret.

Adding millions of new voters, loyal to Democrats for their status as citizens, was part of the party’s strategy for decades, but even President Obama admitted in speeches and interviews, at campaign stops and news conferences, on talk shows and official appearances that he simply lacked the constitutional authority to issue a blanket amnesty.

Although he recognized that Congress needed to pass immigration reform, Obama nevertheless chose to take matters into his own hands and issued amnesty to adults who had been brought to the United States by their illegal immigrant parents when they were minors.

In some cases, they are now in their 30s and 40s and parents themselves, but Obama and his fellow Democrats continually referred to them as ‘children,’ evoking images of wide-eyed, starving refugee boys and girls desperate for a better life in America.

DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – was always meant to be a temporary solution to the problem of how to address the residency and citizenship problem facing hundreds of thousands of such individuals, as even Obama himself admitted at the time he announced the policy.


“Eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security of public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. … Let’s be clear. This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure.”

Although President Obama said the action was needed to force Congress to act, he seems to have forgotten in his eagerness to criticize President Trump for phasing in an end to the program for exactly the same purpose – to make Congress finally address the issue once and for all.

Calling Trump’s rescission “cruel” and “mean,” Democrats, Obama reveals either a case of amnesia or hopeless hypocrisy – neither of which justify the public attacks on his successor.

Do you think former President Obama is justified in criticizing President Trump for trying to force Congress to enact immigration reform just as he did when he was president?

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