I’m sure you won’t hear about this on Fox News or any other right-wing media source, but House Speaker John Boehner actually admitted that George W. Bush was the president responsible for the current immigration crisis at our border.
Not only that, but he basically admitted that Republicans are the reason why nothing is being done about it.
While checking Twitter, I ran across this post from Boehner:
Which linked this letter he wrote to the president.
In both, he admits that it’s the 2008 law that was signed by George W. Bush that caused this situation in the first place.
Boehner wrote, “One of their key recommendations is changing the 2008 law which created the disparate treatment for migrants from nations other than Mexico and made it more difficult to resolve this crisis.”
It should be noted that this law also pertains to Canada, but we know that when Republicans talk about immigration, they’re typically only referring to immigrants from south of the border.
But this comment is a direct contrast from the lies and misinformation conservatives like Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and just about every other Republican have been spreading.
Even some on Fox News have tried to claim that President Obama actually “planned” this crisis.
Not only that, Boehner then admitted that it’s Republicans in Congress who are trying to use this crisis to force through immigration reform instead of dealing with this situation first, then moving on to reforming our immigration laws.
“The American people will not support providing additional money unless you work with both parties to address the causes of this tragedy,” he continued.
In other words, Republicans in Congress aren’t going to do anything to address this situation (making it easier to deport immigrants from non-contiguous countries) unless they can force the president to agree to some kind of immigration reform to which they know he won’t agree.
Though ironically the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill last year that Boehner refused to bring up for a vote in the House. So it’s rather hypocritical for him to act as if nothing has been done on immigration when he is one of the reasons why we didn’t pass immigration reform last year.
So, in this letter, not only did Boehner admit that George W. Bush’s 2008 law caused this situation, but he also admits that President Obama is actually trying to fix the law – but it’s Republicans in Congress who are refusing to do anything because they want to play partisan politics at the expense of these immigrant children.
I’m not sure what’s more stunning, to see Boehner admit that:
- A law passed by Republican George W. Bush is what caused this crisis.
- President Obama is actually trying to fix the law.
- Republicans are trying to use these children to force through broad immigration reform that they know won’t get signed into law just so that they can say, “See, President Obama doesn’t want to do anything about it.”
But really no matter how you want to look at this letter, it essentially debunks just about every conservative lie Republicans have been using to attack President Obama concerning this immigration crisis.