“Now, you’re absolutely right that there have been significant numbers of deportations. That’s true. But what you are not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law.”
“…their callous indifference to the plight of children streaming across the border, fleeing horrific circumstances in their own country. Republicans are simply strangled by extremism.
There is no more establishment, or middle or moderate wing. You’ve got the Steve King wing of the Republican Party today, who raised the specter of impeachment this weekend.
These people are out of control. It’s stunning.”
“I think the real, fundamental problem that the Republicans have is, ‘How do we get meaner, how do we get nastier with immigrants, so that we can take a smaller group,’ now apparently led by Senator Cruz — I mean, maybe he’s gonna be the next Speaker of the House. Because it’s quite clear that Mr. Boehner has no control over this conference.
…So where are they moving today? They’re going to move to be meaner to immigrants in order to bring their conference together.”
“[W]hile the president is moving in this that all of us agree is politically wise but is also something he has a core belief in and has always talked about, congressional Republicans are pounding the President’s immigration, uh, bi-, decision and they’re coming with legislation. For example, yesterday they pushed two bills, one that had 11 co-sponsors and it would require the Department of Homeland Security ‘make sure illegal immigrants don’t receive Medicare, Social Security or food stamps.’
So, not only do you have the President making an affirmative step, you have Republicans in the Congress that are continuing to go after a very, very regressive kind of policy on human levels. We talking about Social Security, Medicare, food stamps. We talking about people that need help here.”
“The term illegals, I think, is coded. It’s in a way derogatory, it may be factual, but I think he’s going to have to pivot off of that kind of rhetoric and then say to Hispanic Americans I will represent you too.”