May 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senator against amnesty for illegal immigrants, today reacted to President Obama’s El Paso speech on immigration.
“Every American should know that President Obama’s speech on immigration today was nothing more than pure politics,” said Inhofe. “If Obama was really serious about pushing his amnesty agenda, he would have done so in his first two years of office, when he enjoyed large Democrat majorities in both Houses of Congress. Instead, Obama chose to spend his political capital elsewhere, namely increasing government spending and Obamacare.
Inhofe continued, “After promising during his election campaign that he would aggressively pursue comprehensive immigration reform during his first year in office, he failed to even broach the subject on Capitol Hill. Granting amnesty for those who are here illegally is a slight against those who have stood in line and gone through the legal process of becoming U.S. citizens. Our nation is a country of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. Respect for those laws is an important aspect of how so many immigrants have been able to have a positive impact on our nation. What we need is a border security bill and meaningful immigration enforcement.”
Inhofe has long supported immigration reform that makes border security a priority, and has repeatedly authored legislation that would make English the official language of the United States. Inhofe has supported similar legislation in Oklahoma when it was threatened by the Department of Justice. In July of last year, he joined the amicus brief supporting Arizona’s immigration law. Inhofe has also been an opponent of the DREAM Act.
As evidence that Americans do not support Obama’s amnesty agenda, Inhofe pointed to news reports that Arizona is raising money to build the fence on its own.
According to today’s New York Times, 67 percent of Latino voters sided with Obama in 2008. This support gradually eroded over the course of his first year and a half in office, so last summer Obama gave an impassioned speech on the need for reform at American University. The speech was nothing more than words intended to appease Latino voters ahead of the 2010 election season. Today’s speech was more of the same.