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Why does President Obama continue to refuse to enforce the nation's immigration laws?
April 4th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Why does President Obama continue to refuse to enforce the nation's immigration laws?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Just in time for the election and courting the Hispanic vote, the Obama Administration is out with another way to ignore the nation's immigration laws.

The Department of Homeland Security now wants to issue so-called "unlawful presence waivers."

These are meant for illegal aliens who are relatives of U.S. citizens.

The way the law works now, these aliens must return to their native country and request a waiver of inadmissibility.

But the federal government says the proposed changes would "significantly reduce" the length of time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives.

Critics are slamming the proposal, calling it "stealth amnesty" and another attempt at backdoor amnesty. Which is exactly what it is.

Mr. Obama promised federal immigration reform when he was running for president in 2008, but it never happened.

Instead of reform it looks more like bending of the rules for some of the estimated 12 million illegal aliens. Gee, just in time for the president's reelection campaign.

Last year the administration started cutting back on deportations of illegal aliens without criminal records - and reviewing all existing cases.

That resulted in a big drop in deportations even though one study shows that immigrants with criminal records don't necessarily make up a larger portion of those deported.

President Obama told Univision in February that the administration is re-emphasizing its focus "on criminals and at the borders" and not on "hard-working families."

All designed to get enough Hispanic votes to win a second term.

Here’s my question to you: Why does President Obama continue to refuse to enforce the nation's immigration laws?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Brett in Pahrump, Nevada:
Jack, President Obama is unashamedly pandering to Hispanics for their votes. This president will do anything to get re-elected, including offering back-door amnesty to those who have broken our laws. I wonder what's next from Obama, nefarious deals with foreign leaders (i.e. Russia), rejection of Keystone XL pipeline, telling the Supreme Court how to judge, not passing a budget in over three years?

Curtis in Philadelphia:
I don't know, Jack, but I believe a precedent was set when Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, refused to enforce the nations immigration laws. And how much do you want to bet that the next president (either in '12 or '16) won't enforce these laws either? The business of America is business and business needs cheap labor.

David in Tacoma, Washington:
"Show me the money" is the catchphrase of Washington politics. Properly taking on illegal immigration would make Obamacare look like chump change. An incumbent president already defined by Republicans as a spendthrift is not about to hand them the election.

Ed in Texas:
Not sure I agree with you on this one, Jack. According to a 2011 ABC News report: President Obama set a record for the number of deportations of illegal immigrants which has "drawn scorn from Hispanic Americans."

Gary in Arizona:
Jack, As a 35-year resident of Arizona, I'd just love to have the answer to that one myself. Our state implemented Senate Bill 1070 to address illegal immigration since the federal government isn't doing anything about enforcement and Obama's suing us for doing so. The guy sits in the Oval Office like some kind of a King but hasn't a clue what's going on in the kingdom.

soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. calaurore9

    Um. The same reason as George W., Bill C., George H.W.... and so forth. It wouldn't be pretty.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    April 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  2. Russ in PA

    Because, like many politicians, he refuses to follow the rule of law, otherwise we wouldn't have a Patriot Act, or the recent NDAA. Or Obamacare, for that matter. But that is the key point for so many politicans, isn't it? Power and control...

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    April 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  3. pat in michigan

    Gee Mr Obvious I dont know .Could it be he is a person of color and so are Hispanics?Maybe because he connects with minorities more than ANY GOP CANDIDATE?

    April 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  4. Pat, Twin Falls, Id.

    He's scared to, he thinks he needs their votes.

    April 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Sue Knoxville TN

    Because he would be deported to Kenya.

    April 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  6. Herman Portland OR

    This is an election year and he need all the votes he can get. It is a political hot button and he is staying as far away from it as he can. Also this would require leadership and bi partisan support.

    April 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  7. Bob in Kansas City

    Votes, nothing more, nothing less.

    April 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  8. Tom (Atlanta)

    Jack, I believe the simple answer is "stupid is as stupid does". I guess common sence is not a part of the Harvard curriculum.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  9. Richard Texas

    It is simple really Jack. Obama wants everyone to love him including people that do not legally belong in this country and can not legally vote. By avoiding the hard choices like dealing with illegal immigration he is not upsetting the segment of the Hispanic population that can legally vote for him.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  10. Jenna Roseville CA

    Why does President Obama continue to refuse to enforce the nation's immigration laws?

    I didn't know that he wasn't, Jack. Maybe you can explain how that is so given that ICE routinely picks-up and deports illegals all the time.

    We do need immigration reform, but that is suppose to come from House/Senate NOT the president.

    He has asked the House/Senate to give him a bill to sign and in these 3+ years they have given him NADA on the subject.

    Jack let's take a trip down memory lane. When GW was governor he said that he couldn't do anything about the illegals streaming into Texas and when president he did nothing about illegals streaming into America. Wonder why that it.. Let's also not forget how Reagan/GHW Bush gave 8+ MILLION illegals "blanket amnesty" and we all see how well that worked out for us.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  11. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Um, what? Name a single illegal alien president Obama knows about and has granted asylum to. Every failing in existence isn't something you blame on the president...

    April 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  12. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    He's just doing what George W. Bush did. What's the problem?

    April 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  13. Kevin SD CA

    Because illegal immigration is job security for all his social-socialist workers! More illegal acts means more Pimp Lawyers and Judges getting rich off of tax payers! More illegals means more excuses for taxing us to death!

    April 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  14. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The same reason that the previous Presidents haven't, VOTES. The latinos want what Reagan gave them, a free ride. Don't just focus on President Obama for this issue; they've all avodied it.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  15. Doug Ericson

    Immigration is not a big issue where I live, because we don't have any immigrants living here that I know of. The only ones I have dealt with are roofers from Ecuador, who reshingled our roof 15 thousand dollars cheaper than the local contractors estimates. I hope you get some responses from Arizona and other States where the issue is red hot, and folks have a beter handle on the issue. It is an interesting legal issue as to whether the States have the right to make their own laws regarding imigration. The Federal Government should be an ally of the States, not an enemy. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  16. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    This sounds like a question the F network people would ask, you know the one that calls themselves fair and balance.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  17. Greg in Arkansas

    Because, deep down, no one really WANTS the immigration laws enforced.
    Do we really want to mow our own lawns, pick our own fruits and vegetables and clean our own homes?
    Do landlords really want their renters to move out?
    Do businesses really want to pay minimum wage, much less a living wages with benefits?
    Do employers really want to pay the matching social security on those wages?
    Can small businesses afford to lose 11 million customers?
    If all the illegal's voluntarily left the country, we would be in a world of financial hurt......so....
    All the talk about illegal immigration is just election year propaganda for people that are "reality challenged"

    April 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  18. Brad, Portland, OR

    He won't enforce the immigration laws for the same reason that George W. Bush didn't enforce the immigration laws, and Clinton didn't, and Bush Sr. didn't, and Reagan didn't, and...

    It's because both major parties *like* illegal immigration.

    Democrats like it because they figure the illegals will become citizens and vote Democratic, or their kids who were born here and are already citizens will vote Democratic.

    Republicans like illegal immigration because the illegals tend to work cheaper than Americans, driving wages down for everyone, and they don't complain about poor working conditions because they're afraid of being deported. People who work cheap and live in fear increase profit margins, which is good for business.

    And Republicans will do anything that business favors.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  19. Karl in Flint, MI

    Same reason Bush, Clinton and the rest never have. Cheap labor, which is the reason they have always been here. It wasn't until the GOP got all uppity about it to try and make it and everything else wrong with the country Obama's fault. Unfortunately, a lot of people aren't smart enough to see it was an old ploy on an older problem.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  20. barbara in nc

    What do you want him to do? Ask for more money from the republicans? He's increased border patrols and exported more than his predecessor.

    Maybe it's the STATES not enforcing. After all, Arizona makes big bucks off their orivate prisons that lock them up. Maybe the STATES should do their part instead of just complaining and taking the money for private prisons (and kickbacks to the govs).

    April 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  21. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Have you been watching FAUX News again? Santorum thinks elderly are euthanized in Holland for cost savings, and that universities don't teach American History in California, but even Rick couldn't be so dense as to not realize this administration has boosted the border patrol and deported record numbers. "In its first three years, the Obama administration deported record-high numbers of undocumented immigrants, removing about 1.2 million undocumented immigrants." (HP) I used to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Wouldn' t dare to now.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  22. Jim Logbeck

    I believe that Obama's Chicago election machine pays the new ACORN to go out and register voters and they pay so much per registration. Here in Texas I am confident that they register anyone if they are a citizen or not. There are at least a million illegal's in Texas probably more, and many Green Card holders who are legally here and welcome, but to vote you must be a citizen of the U.S. I am confident that a lot of these folks are registered, some have been led to believe they can vote. No real proof of citizenship is required to register, here or in California, a water bill is proof – are you kidding me? Obama needs these votes to win and it is illegal for these folks to vote. That is why he will not enforce the law. He will somehow slip them backdoor amnesty before the election if he can.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  23. David - Tacoma, Wash

    "Show me the money," is the catchphrase of Washington politics. Properly taking on illegal immigration would make Obamacare look like chump change. An incumbent president already defined by Republicans as a spendthrift is not about to hand them the election.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  24. Wilhelm von Nord Bach - Las Vegas

    Say WHAT? the Obama administration has cracked down on companies employing illegals MUCH more than Bush and the Republicans EVER did.

    the Republicns talk tough on illegal immigration BUT the "Scab Herders" that EMPLOY these people, because they will put up with substandard wages and working conditions, are part of the Republican BASE.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  25. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama is campaigning for a new law. One that is fair for the immigrant and the tax payer in this country. Immigration laws should welcome as well as enforce the law. It is a hard thing to do, but we need to try. Instead of telling the 12 million illegal immigrants in this nation we are going to throw you in jail unless they leave. We should try an show them away forward to citizenship. We should also try an close our borders to more illegal immigrants. A kinder gentler nation, please.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  26. mycroft lake travis texas

    Jack, Isn't that law enforcement's job ? Can you imagine all the rental properties, leased to illegals going vacant, the drop in Public Utilities revenues, the lost revenues in Beer, chicken, goat, beef and their stomachs, tortillas, salsa, beans,automobile and truck, low rider conversion kits, tattoo ink and pampers (just to name a few industries that might have a considerable decline in sales). That said, the President has sent more illegals back , than any other President in my life time, but you'll have to credit the Republican's making the USA a less attractive place to take up residency legally or illegally, since their Last President Bush all but completely destroyed our country. Sadly enough most USA citizens were not spared either. Currently President Obama is taking credit for the drop in Oil our country imports, sadly the sacrifice isn't shared. It's on the backs of people that have already suffered through the eight long years of the Bush Administration and the past four years of the Obama Administration. I remember as a kid fishing with my grandfather from the shoreline as people with money dragged water skiers around the lake all day, now the boats are much bigger, more powerful and the poor families can't afford the drive out to lake to take their kids fishing let alone the cost of fishing license. Which by the way doubled in price while under the Bush Administration.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  27. John Lake Charles, LA

    The same reason we still have troops dying in Afganistan, this government is impotent.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  28. Sil Bucci

    Jack it's obvious why the immigration laws are not being enforced. Obama is afraid he would be deported.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  29. Conor in Chicago

    Obama will not do anything about illegal immigration for the same reasons Clinton and Bush didn’t do anything: It will destroy our economy. Our entire economy is based on access to low cost food. Our low cost food comes from an underclass of workers who work for exceptionally low wages because it is still better than the alternative in their native countries. If we allow them to come here legally and cut off the flow of illegal labor there will be no incentive for the workers to work these low wage jobs and food prices will skyrocket. Then, instead of people complaining about why Obama isn’t enforcing immigration laws, they will be screaming about how food prices have skyrocketed. If Romney wins the Presidency in November I would bet you $1,000 that in 2014, or 2015, you are going to be posting the same question on this forum and making the same accusations of Romney as you are Obama.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  30. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    It's a mystery to almost everyone, liberal and conservative alike. If we brought just half of our troops home from around the world, we could effectively control our borders and it would be a lot less expensive to provide supplies and materials. Plus, think of the economic boost in local towns where service men and women would spend their pay,and it would be considered combat pay. There would be endless benefits from protecting and policing our borders, maybe not for politicians, but the rest of us would sure feel better. And that's probably why nothing will be done about it.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  31. james in greenville nc

    Jack, it is good politics to welcome all. Think of the potential votes. And all the immigrants will put a strain on the social welfare programs which means more of a welfare budget. More needy people means more budget increases. It is a win-win situation for the liberals. Not so much for those who work for a living.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  32. hank

    unbelievable,you people just sat back and find things to to pick on the man instead of helping with all the things going on in the world,unbelievable.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  33. Dave, Orlando, FL

    He lied about everything else during his first campaign, why stop now?

    April 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  34. Ed from Texas

    Not sure I agree with you on this one Jack. Accroding to an ABC Dec 28, 2011 report: President Obama set a record for the number of deportations of illegal immigrants which has "drawn scorn from Hispanic Americans."

    April 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  35. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    For political reasons, obviously. There's nothing like the thrill of re-election to persuade a politician to jump to the easier side of any issue. To be fair, though, the current illegal immigration situation is a horrid mess, and it will almost certainly require bi-partisan support to effect any worthwhile compromise. Cooperation is a four letter swear word to this batch of extreme Republicans. Nothing is going to happen in America until one of the parties gets a mercilous spanking in November. God help America if the vote is split and no one wields total control.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  36. curtis in philadelphia

    I don't know Jack, but I believe a precedent was set when Reagan, Bust 1, Clinton, Bush 2, refused to to enforce the nations immigration laws and how much do you want to bet that the next president, either in '12 or '16 won't enforce these laws. The business of America is business and business needs cheap labor.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  37. Tony from Southport

    In the eyes of the far left, illegal immigrants.... or should I say "Illegeal Aliens," are future democrat party voters. The democrats care more for thier power than they do the health and stability of our nation.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  38. Bill of New Mexico

    The people who messed up were the original natives.

    WHY BOTHER! Everyone talks big about controlling illegal aliens, but no one does anything about it. This will be true until more people flee the US than enter. And, that will be the case soon enough.

    Why bother. No one in control is interested. I'm serious! I think this item is a waste of time.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  39. itsmeagain

    Why does the President support this pro-immigration philosophy against existing immigration laws? I'm thinking Obama has a soft spot for minorities. Remember immigration means all nationalities - not just Hispanics. As a liberal, pro-Obama voter, I'm conservative on this issue. Illegal means illegal.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  40. Ed from California

    Jack, Boehner and Cantor has the checkbook and the keys to the country. why don't they say something? Jack seriously, do you want to pick our nation's fruits and vegetables, and work all the grunt work? That we won't do.... I didn't think so. As long as I have worked, we have always had immigrants doing the work that we wouldn't do. I'm not talking, Mexican immigrants I'm talking, Chinese, Irish, South Americans and many more. We have always had this activity going on. What is happening now is. Through our own stupidity of voting against our own economic interests. The Republicans, and, yes with help of the Blue-dog Democrats. They in concert with our own flag waving American companies have sent our jobs, our security and safety to other countries. Just so that we can have the feeling of limited government, which allows the 1% and the Koch brothers to laugh all the way to the bank. How's that, "trickle-down" working for ya? Keep on drinking that tea!! Mr. Boehner, "Where are the Jobs"??

    April 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  41. euroguy

    Jack, President Obama is unashamedly pandering to Hispanics for their votes. This president will do anything to get re-elected, including offering back-door amnesty to those who have broken our laws. I wonder what’s next from Obama, nefarious deals with foreign leaders (i.e. Russia), rejection of Keystone XL pipeline, telling the Supreme Court how to judge, not passing a budget in over three years?
    Brett
    Pahrump, Nevada

    April 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  42. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Okay. Let's say the President enforces America's Immigration law(s) to the letter. Forget the Hispanic vote to help him gain reelection. If he spends the requisite money to uphold the law, he'll be Tea Partied and Santorumed. If he upholds the law and it affects business profits, he'll be Romneyed. I hope most folks remember that justice isn't just and politics isn't polite.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  43. Loren

    Because he doesn't have to. He knows that the Republicans aren't going to force the issue and look bad to Hispanic voters. This represents the cynicism of the Obama Administration, not caring whether anything is legal or illegal, constitutional or unconstitutional, as long as it can pull votes, then they don't care. This cynicism also seems to be rampant in Congress as well. So here's my question: will it ever stop?

    April 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  44. JD in NH

    HUH? The Obama administration has deported more people than the Bush administration ever did. That's why they're worried about the Latino vote.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  45. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, president Obama has deported more illegal aliens than any president in history. We have allowed illegal immigrants to cross our borders by the millions before the president took office, and now the GOP wants him to take extreme measures to stop the flow. That can only be done with military force or major outlays for a fence and new border agents. As far as legislation the GOP right will not support any kind of compromise that tries to find a humanitarian answer. So, the president will wait until his second term when there will be fewer Republicans.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  46. Emmett M. Smith

    Dear Jack'
    It's for the same reason that the Democrats don't want to change the citizenship-by-birth requirements: they want to breed lots of new hispanic, U.S. citizens to vote for their candidates! The Pope opposes birth control for similar ulterior reasons.
    Yours truly,
    Emmett Smith
    Mobile, AL

    April 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  47. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,I think you already know the answer to this question,simply put,he needs the Hispanic vote!

    April 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  48. Mark in Oklahoma City, OK

    Because, like most so called "men" who run for office, deep down inside he is just another GUTLESS wonder who is too cowardly to make anyone mad....especially Hispanic voters.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  49. DAVE CARR

    maybe it is because of american interests above, just like why would they take over salvadorean and ecuadorian currency to implant the USD as mode of currency...

    April 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  50. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Deportation of the criminal element is a good start and those numbers are up each year if I'm not mistaken. I don't believe President Obama is trying to woo the Hispanic vote any more than the republicans did under the previous administration. An "unlawful presence waiver" would help determine where 12 million illegals are living, which is something an illegal immigrant would not apply for.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  51. Randy

    The same reason the corporations didn't let bush, Clinton, bush 1, or Reagan enforce immigration laws, cheap labor!

    April 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  52. Kristen W

    Kristen, Washington, DC
    President Obama refuses to enforce immigration laws because he was elected on the promise that he would provide amnesty for illegal aliens. By not enforcing the laws passed by Congress, he can continue to label our immigration system as broken and push for the amnesty the American public opposes. Problem is, he is contributing to lawless chaos, hurting unemployed Americans, promoting divisiveness, and making it clear that his political priorities are more important than Congressional intent or national interests. Since he couldn't get amnesty through Congress, he is now using his executive power to enact it administratively.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  53. Gary in San Jose, California

    How many of those illegals do you think are Republicans? It's all about the votes in an election year.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  54. Pete in Georgia

    Are you kidding ???
    Any warm body, from anywhere on this planet, legal or illegal, represents a high likelihood of a vote for him and his ideoligy of "sign this form and this government will take care of you".........................from cradle to grave.
    This insanity has increased with Obama TEN FOLD.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  55. BILL, WI

    Mr. President. I have relatives that live in Canada and England, does what you are suggesting mean that if they came to work for me. And stayed out of trouble by not commiting any serious felony, they could immigate to this country bypassing all of paper work associated with emigrating.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  56. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    President Obama is not a dictator. He tried to get immigration laws passed but he couldn't get anything through Congress. Don't blame him-blame Congress.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  57. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, as a 35 year resident of Arizona I'd just love to have the answer to that one myself. Our state implemented Senate Bill 1070 to address illegal immigrtion since the federal government isn't doing anything about enforcement and Obama's suing us for doing so. The guy sits in the Oval Office like some kind of a King but hasn't a clue what's going on in the kingdom. He's absolutely clueless and you can tell him I said so.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  58. Don in Saint Louis

    Obama seems to be in favor of anything that divides the American people. He has consistently stoked the flames of division with his anti-America actions. The Keystone project was a no-brainer. I'm sure the Chinese appreciate his objections to that. Obamacare, the majority of Americans didn't want it. He pushed it through and the people that voted for it didn't even know what was in it, duh! Some of his opinions offered in response to police actions did nothing to calm Americans or lead the people he claims to represent. Immigration is no different. Americans want border control and the states have exercised their rights to do the jobs the Fed won't do. He has consistently blocked and ridiculed that effort. His contrary nature does do one thing for him though, it keeps his name in the media.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  59. Chandler in Rockaway, NJ

    The 14th Amendment to the Constitution states in relatively unambiguous language that anyone born in the United States is a citizen of the United States. Some people may not like it, but anyone born here is as much a citizen as Barak Obama (yes, right wingers, Hawaii is a real state) or John McCain (who was born in the Panama Canal Zone - oops). It seems to me that, as a child, having your parents deported would be a pretty serious affront to your rights. This rule provides protection for citizen-children. That seems like a good thing to me.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  60. Annie, Atlanta

    I call BS on this one, Jack. There have been more illegal immigrants deported under Obama than there were under Bush. This sounds like a rightwing talking point. A better question, since they're the ones who make the laws, is why has Congress refused to even entertain the Dream Act so that kids, who are here through no fault of their own, have a chance at staying in the country where they were born and raised, some of whom don't know they're not Americans?

    April 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  61. bonnie from NJ

    I believe that he has deported more illegals than any past president. That being said it is the same reason as the rest of the presidents, it is good for business and for counting on the Hispanic vote.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  62. Rich in Gainesville FL

    Because no one in a position of power actually wants the laws enforced. Democrats see political advantage. Republicans see cheap labor. Both agree to talk loudly about their respective sides of the issue while doing nothing and blaming each other. Which has worked just fine for them for years now and it isn't going to change anytime soon.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  63. Roy Birdzell

    C’mon Jack, its call pandering. The 2012 election is about one thing and one thing only – Obama getting himself re-elected and whatever it takes to accomplish that goal. If that means skirting laws for pandering, telling the Supreme Court Justices how to rule on their issues, misleading the people about energy production, and promoting fear into the American electorate about a Republican rule, then so be it!
    Roy, FL

    April 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  64. wayne, va beach, va

    He only wanted to be on the list presidents, not be the president.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  65. Rebecca from Georgia

    I think Obama is thinking of the families. If we force a single member of a family to return home for 2 or 3 YEARS the rest of the family in the US is left worrying if they'll return at all.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  66. Gigi Oregon

    Hopefully for the very same reason President Bush didn't. Remember he was very reluctant to get involved.. Let see... could it be because God wouldn't bless us. If we didn't take care of the stranger in a strange land. You can't have your cake and eat it too...Or you can't have one without the other and so on. I guess you'll have to decide Jack your way or Gods way. "As for our house we will follow the Lord" Joshua 24:15

    I truly believe not all people vote out of greed Or want to go to war with everyone who disagrees with them. Or let the poor, widow, orphan, sick, elderly and yes even the lazy go with out... food, shelter, medicine and most of all love.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  67. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    Actually, the deportation rate for the past 3 years is the highest in a couple decades. These waivers are a means to by-pass the expensive, slow, and often-bungled bureaucratic process for those who seek to immigrate 'legally.' As long as we filter out criminals, we have more important problems to solve.

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    April 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  68. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Considering the ferocity with which he has stepped up both border enforcement and deportations, he can hardly be called soft, or even compassionate, on immigration. Additionally, he is making a proposal, which is different from simply flouting the law, as the misleading headline suggests. Is Ann Coulter writing your copy, Jack?

    April 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  69. Paul - North Carolina

    There you go again, Jack; pandering to the Tea Party. I gues you want Obama to "secure the border". That's a pure fantasy. I believe the Ming Dynasty tried that in the 14th century. How did that turn out? Or maybe you think we should just deport 12 million people. Now there's a real exercise in logistics. Then 12 million unemployed right wingers could rush in to pick vegetables, do landscaping and work in countless other menial labor jobs. Yeah, right. The simple fact is that many American businesses could not survive without immigrant (legal or illegal) labor. Let's stop the self rihteuos pretense and create a way for that to happen legally.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  70. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Firstly, lets speak of at least one fact. President Obama and his administration are enforcing some of the existing immigration laws. The deportation rage is higher today than it's been in decades. But President Obama like several of his most recent predecessors have not fully enforced immigrations laws because Congress has refused to act on comprehensive immigration reform. Congresses failure to pass comprehensive immigration laws for the past 3 presidents, which equates to at least two decades, amounts to nothing more than 'Stealth Amnesty". Congress knows full well they their in-actions amount to stealth amnesty but they prefer to accuse the Presidents for their failures because its politically beneficial for Congress to prolong any meaningful reform so as to not offend the big businesses that benefit from illegal immigration. and contribute big bucks to various Congressional campaigns.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  71. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I am not one of those "birthers". I also know as a citizen of the USA I do not have all the facts but only the "spin", could it be that if he enforced immigration laws he would have to turn himself in !?

    April 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  72. Mark in Houston

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    Have you forgotten Jack, politicians are interested in one thing...election or re election. Policy is formed around those goals.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  73. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Its all about that dreaded 5 letter word- V O T E S! Our system is broken and noone in sight to fix it.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  74. Thom Richer

    Better question, Jack. Why hasn't anyone, most of all any Congress ever enforced immigration laws? It's not just Obama. Bush opened the doors to cheap south of the border labor. Paving the way for much more difficulty to allow proper enforcement. Nothing happens or does not happen unless Congress ok's it.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  75. JB, Soldotna, AK

    It means that OUR 50% White, 43% Bedioun Arab, 7% African Prez. wants his fellowmen to freely come to help him Fundamentally Change America for a New Hope to Believe In. Get the picture now and understand what Fundamental Change implies? When he can stand up and tell the Supreme Court what they can or can't do means America has a Major Problem with this One.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  76. Seana

    Because he is humane and rejects xenophobia.....

    April 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  77. Magdy Ghobrial

    Mr. Cafferty, FYI: Obama deported twice as many illegal aliens in 3 years than Bush did in 8 long years
    Magdy, RI

    April 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  78. Cody Jones

    Come on Jack, this is about as partisan of a question as I've seen from you. If you look at the data and statistics, you will see that Obama has actually deported record numbers of immigrants. They are doing it so quickly, in fact, that they occasionally detain legal immigrants by mistake. Republican, Democrat, or otherwise, you have to look at the facts before you make broad generalizations and assumptions.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  79. PiedType

    Why does any politician refuse to enforce immigration laws? Because it's politically expedient. You don't poke a stick into a hornet's nest when you're trying to win an election - and every politician in the world is always thinking about the next election.

    Susan
    Denver

    April 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  80. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Congress is responsible for immigration reform, NOT the president. Anyone that says otherwise is either ill-informed, or living under a rock. Let's not forget that this country wouldn't exist were it not for the millions of immigrants from all over the world.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  81. Emma Waller

    Immigration woes will continue until congress gets the balls to amend the constitution so that children born illegally in the U.S. will be considered illegal, not U.S. citizens. BTW..why don't we hear more about illegal white immigrants? Just sayin...

    April 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  82. Jim

    Is this your audition tape for FOX? Pres Obama, has deported more illegals, than any previous President. How cn you, with a straight face,a sk how he can CONTINUE to ignore laws, which he has been the most stringent in applying?

    April 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  83. SteveVT

    YOU called it Jack –its politics pure and simple -and about not wanting to bring in the moving van in January !

    April 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  84. Jaime T

    He ignores the problem so he can get their votes. What I want to know it how are illegal immigrants allowed to vote anyway?? THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS!!!!!

    April 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  85. Hank Corbett @ Jacksonville, NC

    More illegal immigrants have been deported during the period of Obama's administration than during any previous administration. The President tried the "Dream Act", but it was shot down by Congress. The vitriol in Congress will never pass an immigration bill by this President. So, Jack, your question doesn't make any sense.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  86. Nell, South Carolina

    Do you really think it serves America well to tear husband from wife and mother from children? Do you really think a child that was brought to this country as a 2-year-old and educated in this country should be torn from siblings born in the US and dropped into Mexico where he may not know anybody?

    We've not enforced immigration laws for many years. The answers to our immigration laws do not lie in tearing families apart.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  87. Chris, Orlando, FL

    What better way to implement outreach programs to the hispanic communities than to have your own government passing regulations under the pretense of protecting the public so that you wont have to spend a dime of your election campaign funds?

    April 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  88. Ashley

    Jack

    As the daughter of illegal immigrants do you really think that they do things like go to the polls and vote?! No! They live in fear of people like you. They don't go do things that could blow their cover. They break the law and risk their lives because they want to be here. No one is dumb enough to go do something that could put their life in America in danger.

    Go back to fox news please
    Ashley,
    Minneapolis, MN

    April 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  89. Mark from Naperville

    Our President is a politician, and by definition politicians ignore issues that hurt their election chances and take on those issues that will enhance them. His inaction on immigration will be the reason he keeps his job. What he does not realize is that he was not elected to be a "typical" politician, we was supposed to be special, different, refreshing, innovative and a problem solver. He has been none of those things. He aint Jimm Carter, but he is looking for houses in the neighborhood.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  90. Brady H.

    I think President Obama is 100% correct in his comments to Univision. Why worry about hard-working families? Deportation is very expensive, so why waste our money on sending these Americans "home." Their home is here. We need to focus on deporting the drug l

    April 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  91. Louis Hardin

    Three reasons Jack. Politics, politics, and politics. Hmm, this seems to have become the reasoning behind most decisions our government makes these days. Houston, TX

    April 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  92. Dusty

    Clearly the Obama administration is just looking for the Hispanic vote. He was supposed to tackle immigration reform long ago, but didn't get around to it in-between touring battleground states and NCAA brackets. Just in time for the election season though, they have found a way to dangle the carrot in front oh Hispanics. Sadly, they will vote for him again in hopes of true reform. Sigh.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  93. Jerry

    Because he wants the Illegals to vote for him, Thats why he has Eric Holder file lawsuits against states that require a picture I, That way its easier for voter Fraud. Obama is a cheater and a liar, he is not going to win this election legally so he is pulling out all the stops.He make George Bush look like the best President ever.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  94. Sean

    I do not understand how a president, who has sworn to uphold the laws of this nation, can turn a blind eye to illegal immigration? This to me is an impeachable offense. What makes America a great nation is the fact that we have as a cornerstone of our foundation the idea of the rule of law. All of us are equal before the law, yet we appear to have a president who allows some 12 million + illegal aliens to live outside of our laws. We cannot allow all these foreign nationals to ignore our laws, nor can our communities deal well with such influx of people. Obama may be hoping to win the Hispanic minority with such fragrant disregard for our laws, but in doing so he has lost my vote.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  95. billk2518

    Jack why don't you actually tell the folks the facts. This administration has deported more illegal immigrants in his first term than Bush did in his 8 years in office. Or are you just expressing the GOP's talking points. This president is enforcing the laws while trying to reform the system. Another example of CNN trying to be FOX light.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  96. Proud Citizen

    Are you serious??? He has deported more illegals than any other President in modern history, exponentially increased border patrol, and been clear on his policies. Is “Self Deportation”, or the great big round-up, or previous failures better than the current policy. Time to retire Cafferty, you are detached from reality!

    April 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  97. Corrine Kay

    WEll, let's think about the American families who are going through the visa legally forget about the illegals, thye do not deserve the privileges set forth by our constitution if thye cannot enter legally- as for me, I am American born, born from American born parents, and am married to an Egyptian citizen whom I have been trying to get here for almost 3 years now- jut yesterday, the American government saw fit to dney his visa because they believe we have a "fake" marriage, whne they have never met us, never spoken to me or our friends or families, my husband suffers from chronic malnutrition due the lack of opportunity in Egypt, even though he is an attorny there, he has to survie by his wits, he is currnetly in a clinic being treated for heart problems brought on by the undue stress which stems from teh heartlessm cruel and un sensitive nature of teh entire immigration progress. I may not agree with coming here illegally and trying to short cut the legal system to live here, but I can certainly understand why so many come here illegally- I am living first hand the hell that is entirely due to the process which keeps families apart and suffering- my situation has been truly horrific- my husband and I do not deserve the mistreatment we face from my own government-

    April 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  98. jk in MN

    Jack, you're starting to sound like Lou Dobbs-please don't. This administration has deported more people than other administrations although you'd never know it when you hear the conversative pundits. My guess is this is being twisted because the request was the result of an illegal alien being refused entry to attend a relative's funeral. When did the sould of America become so hardened? What if the native American's had these kind of rules in place for our relatives?

    April 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  99. billk2518

    Why not tell the truth this president has deported more illegals than Bush did in his 8 years. This president is trying to enforce the laws while trying to reform them. This is again proof that CNN is trying to be FOX light.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  100. joshua currently in Memphis

    Obama is counting on illegal aliens to help him get elected in November. Now that the Mickey Mouse, Pluto and Jesse James have been purged from the voter rolls in Indiana and Ohio, new names are necessary in order for the Democrats to cast fraudulent votes.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  101. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    He is trying to create a permanent democratic majority so that the democrat's socialistic policies will have no opposition and he is desperate to get a second term so, again, his socialism can move forward without having to pretend he isn't one. This is a very dangerous move for the future of freedom in our country.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  102. Dennis, Oregon City, OR

    Obama is no different than any other politician seeking re-election. He will pander to those groups, in this case Hispanics, who can bring in large blocs of votes. When it gets closer to the general election, and clear that the Moitten Man will be Obama's opponent, he will be hablaing Espanol all over this nation and will make sure he gets lots of media coverage at Cinco de Mayo events. True immigration reform will happen only when we parse the problem into its simplest form; Too Many people for the current infrastructure to support, and many of them are unable or unwilling to pay their share. The fix is simple, close the borders, put a moratoreum on ALL immigration, and encourage family planning to get US population back to manageable levels. This issue always becomes a matter of race, when it really should be simply a matter of numbers.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  103. Rudy Padgett

    The politicians get too many votes from illegals.
    It should be a state matter, not federal because the state governments have to pay for the illegals welfare and medical care.
    Illegals are here to stay.

    Rudy P.
    Roanoke, Va

    April 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  104. Alex Landi

    Mt. Shasta, CA
    Jack-
    What does "comprehensive immigration reform" mean?" Amnesty, for millions of trespassers. Obama is willing to betray the country in order to pander to the "Latino vote" (whatever that is) in time for this election and plans to turn these rewarded millions into grateful future Democrats. If Obama cared about American workers and our environment at all he'd send all the illegals home. But I guess all he cares about is remaining in power.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  105. Robert Williams

    Why are we deporting American Indians in the first place they were here first and should have first priority on everything on this continent....

    April 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  106. Charles Tchuinkwa

    Well, I believe is all because of politics. Immigration is a very touching topics to all Americans, no one can ever be satisfied with a particular law, so if he gets to reform immigration, some might not be satisfy with his reform and might shift their vote or not vote at all, if he stands neutral many will vote for him especially the Latinos since he is more likely to reform the immigration law than his other republican counterparts. I believe anyways that they will be a huge immigration reform if he is re-elected.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  107. Greg D. Concho AZ

    What, we have an immigration problem ?

    April 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  108. Miguel

    We all know it is not because it is an election year. Right?. He really cares about we Hispanics. Right? He is going to need every legal vote, but will not get mine. It is time for him to pull a "Jimmy Carter". He has rehire rights for his old job in Chicago. Right? Let's see the right word is "adieu", "adios" and thanks for your service.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  109. Kevin Sells

    The president doesn't HAVE the power to enforce the immigration laws. No recent president has successfully tackled the issue because the problem is entirely too complicated. 12 million people simply can't be deported without massive repercussions to the economy and society in general. Politics aside... There is a human factor that can't be ignored. Given the current political gridlock... The best we can hope for is that illegal alien criminals are apprehended and deported. As for working and otherwise law abiding illegals... No meaningful solution will be forthcoming until Washington comes to it's senses.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  110. joshua currently in Memphis

    For all the Obama supporters who keep talking about the most deportations, don't give Obama any credit for that, the states are the ones who are getting the job done. Once detained, it's only a rubber stamp for ICE to approve the deportation.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  111. D.Lewis Baltimore

    Why did Goerge W. Bush neglect to enforce the nations immagration laws? Why is it that every little thing that happens in this country is blammed on President Obama? I will not bite my toung, I BELIEVE IT IS " RACIAL PROFILING" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  112. Mr. D

    It looks like he is running for president of Mexico, and maybe he should. He would be sure to get all the votes in that country with his "open door policy." Famous quote: "I'll do anything for a vote."

    April 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  113. Paul in Dallas

    The same reason that no politician will. As long as the issue is framed in terms of enforcement being somehow negative for Latino voters, no politician will do anything to enforce the laws. The question that should be asked is: Why do Latinos feel that other Latinos should be exempt from following the law? If that is not the way that they feel, perhaps they should speak up about it to their leaders who continue to shout that any enforcement of the nation's immigration laws is somehow discrimination against Latinos.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  114. Kelly - Sierra Vista, AZ

    How is the President refusing to enforce the laws? Do you know how much federal funding goes to Customs and Border Protection? Also, it doesn't seem to make sense to say that that the issuing of these waivers is "ignoring the nations immigration laws" ... Sounds like a type of reform to me.

    Can you also share some more information about the study you mentioned? I'd like to know what exactly you mean by, "immigrants with criminal records don't NECESSARILY make up a larger portion of those deported."

    April 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  115. Kevin S. - Tucson, AZ

    The president doesn't HAVE the power to enforce the immigration laws. No recent president has successfully tackled the issue because the problem is entirely too complicated. 12 million people simply can't be deported without massive repercussions to the economy and society in general. Politics aside... There is a human factor that can't be ignored. Given the current political gridlock... The best we can hope for is that illegal alien criminals are apprehended and deported. As for working and otherwise law abiding illegals... No meaningful solution will be forthcoming until Washington comes to it's senses.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  116. Kyle - North Dakota

    The President, like nearly everyone else in Washington, cares more about posturing than people's lives. My wife has her green card interview on Friday, 13 years after her and her family came to this country LEGALLY from India and after spending tens of thousands of dollars in attorney and filing fees. My in-laws continue to wait while the President talks about letting others cut in line. We will be driving 1,200 miles for the interview, staying in a hotel for two nights, all on our own dime. Meanwhile, we will pay the medical bills for those requiring medical treatment from injuries sustained trying to cross the border illegally.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  117. Corrine Kay

    Well, let's think about the American family members- families who are going through the visa process legally- forget about the illegals,they do not deserve the privileges set forth by our constitution if they cannot enter legally- as for me, I am American born, born from American born parents, and am married to an Egyptian citizen whom I have been trying to get here for 3 years now- just yesterday, the American government saw fit to deny his visa because they believe our marriage is fake when they have never met us, never spoken to me, or our friends and families, my husband suffers from chronic malnutrition due to the lack of opportunity in Egypt, even though he he is an attorney therem he has to survive by his wits,he is currently in a heart clinic being treated for heart problems brought on by the stress which stems from the heartlessm cruel, and insensitivenature of the entire immigration process. I may not agree with coming here illegallyand trying to short cut the legal systemn to llive here, but I can certainly understand why so many come here illegally- I am living first hand the Hell that is entirely due to the process which keeps families apart and suffering- my situationhas been truly horrific- my husband and I do not deserve the mistreatment we face from my own government- nor do the thousands of other families trying to be reunited with loved ones here in this country which so many are jaded adntake so much for granted- there are many peopel who have neighbors who are torn apart by the cold and cumbersome cruelty of the inhumane immigration system here it needs to be overhauled- I love my husband and life is not life without him- allof us who are doing itlegally need to be remembered and helped, the system is broken and that is why we have the amount of illegals we do coming here-

    April 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  118. gg canada

    its not nazi germany ,trians and box cars loaded to the brim,it will take time and cost a lot ,he,s deported more people than the last three presidents all together

    April 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  119. Robert Williams

    "Ashley you are exactly correct. I lived in extreme South Texas for 60 years, and you cannot get the bulk of the Mexican Americans to participate in politics. illegal or not....

    April 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  120. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    People need to understand products need to cost more in order to pay the middle class more. Until we fundamentally change our dogmatic ideology of corporations = prosperity and cheap = good, cheap labor will always be in demand. If its in demand, they will come. The Republican solution to this is to lower minimum wage... Give me a flippin' break.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  121. Patsy

    If our prayers prayers are answered – "O" will be a one term dictator. AMEN

    April 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  122. lisa, N.J.

    The President is trying to buy votes. If he wanted to reform the immigration laws he should try to do it in front of the American people not behind closed doors. The American people deserve a say on important issues and this is an important issue. Don't the American people have a right to decide how our money is spent Jack. As it is we work a quarter of the year to pay our taxes.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  123. Linda in Arizona

    He's all about enforcing them when they apply to gay married couples who want to bring their spouses into the US so they can live together. Ask Glenn Greenwald about that. I guess there aren't enough of them to make it worthwhile to pander.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  124. gg canada

    i can remember reagan and southern governors promising free education and health care to any one willing to work .they even sent fliers over the mexican border.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  125. Jack Dempsey

    Jack, because most republicans are in the country legally . Jack from Nice,Ca.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  126. Lou

    Because Obama is just another politian. His own self interest is first and foremost. He would have rather have the hispanic vote than uphold the law. It's that simple.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  127. Nathaniel Webb

    First, your question is ugly, offensive and anti-American. Secondly, President Obama has been more effective in enforcing illegal immigration than any republican. Finally, if republicans weren't so hateful and evil, comprehensive immigration reform would've already passed, and President Obama would have signed!

    April 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  128. David P Vernon

    The Obama Administration proposes a loophole in the current stupid law. The current law is not merely punitive, as intended, but impracticable, in that other than Uncle Sam taking him into custody and carrying him there, there is no actual way to make an alien go home as ordered. Due process and current law made the current mess. We cannot change due process. we have to change the law.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  129. Greg Cox of Bremerton, WA

    Jack, President Obama is the leader of the group that I call hornswogglers. They can't be trusted to uphold our immigration laws, to quit spending more money than "we" give them, use "behind the back" and "under the table" promises and commitments. They truly care only about their hidden agendas, getting re-elected and their party priorities. I can't imagine them every truly caring about "upholding" our Constitution, our laws and our consensus of concerns. It's a shame.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm |