Obama gives up on border security – all world is American citizen

July 1, 2010 15:38

Even as he blasted the GOP for not cooperating on his ideas for immigration reform, President Barack Obama on Thursday once again dodged the question of border security, saying the nation’s borders are simply too big to secure. That position isn’t likely to win him any conservative votes on the issue.


President Barack Obama says America’s borders are “just too vast” for the immigration problem to be solved with fences and border patrols alone.

He said that a comprehensive solution (amnesty) is needed, instead, urging one that holds everyone accountable, from illegal immigrants to the businesses that hire them.

Obama said the reality is, Republican support is needed to arrive at such a solution. Right now, GOP support is not forthcoming in an election year.

In his first major speech on immigration at president, Obama also spoke to the need to reform the system of legal immigration. That’s a welcome message to advocates who contend too much emphasis has been placed on enforcing laws against illegal immigrants even as eligible citizenship applicants languish.

Obama blamed immigration policy gridlock on “political posturing and special interest wrangling.”


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