Among those criticizing President Obama’s executive action on immigration are six African-American activists from the Project 21 group, a national leadership network of black conservatives. Below are their quotes:
Joe R. Hicks, former executive director of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference:
President Obama strode into the White House promising to give the American people the audacity of hope. What we are witnessing instead, with his immigration agenda, is an audacious grab for power and an evisceration of the Constitution.
Having kicked the can down the road, obviously refusing to ruin his own chances for re-election in 2012, and tap-dancing on the issue until after the 2014 mid-term elections, Obama now disdainfully punches the amnesty card for upwards of five million illegal residents with the knowledge that almost half of all Americans polled oppose his maneuver.
With the stroke of a pen, Obama rewards those who arrogantly mock our border laws while simultaneously telling those hopeful immigrants still waiting patiently to lawfully come to America that they are chumps.
After these five million or so, what then? The magnet that draws illegal immigrants across the border just got stronger. They will come expecting, — no, demanding — to get “Obama’s amnesty.”
In 2010, defending his inaction on immigration issues, Obama said, “I’m president, I’m not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” That’s all changed, and the Constitution lies in tatters as a result.
Demetrius Minor, youth minister and motivational speaker:
Barack Obama really had the potential to be an iconic president. It’s a shame he’s now relegated to someone who will be remembered most for not only dividing a nation, but for circumventing Congress in order to push his personal agenda.
Stacy Washington, talk radio host:
Well, black liberals, sorry — but I have to put you on blast.
Every time this country has pardoned illegal immigrants, crime and black unemployment have gone through the roof. Don’t believe me? Check the statistics from Reagan’s congressionally-approved amnesty package. Not only did three times as many illegal immigrants as were promised become legal through the undiscovered intricacies of chain immigration, but the crime rate soared and black unemployment went through the roof.
Sorry again, black liberals. You just got dumped!
Charles Butler, talk radio host:
The fact is President Obama will do with the stroke of a pen what 300 years of slavery, Jim Crow and legal segregation could not: destroy the hopes and dreams of millions of black Americans. His position on illegal immigration and reform is not tenable given the numerous sources of information that warn of the negative impact of immigration reform on black Americans and low-income Americans.
Christopher Arps, founder of the black social networking web site Move-On-Up.org:
Mr. President, how do these people “get right with the law” when you have to break the law to allegedly get them right with the law?
Ronald Reagan and George Bush used executive orders to tweak immigration law, but it was within the framework of the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli amnesty law that was passed by Congress.
As a student of politics and history, I’ll unfortunately be able to tell my grandchildren that I lived through America’s early 21 century experiment with a lawlessness extremely left-wing president. This man — a self-professed constitutional scholar — is so brazen that he’s openly violating the Constitution he swore to protect. And he’s doing so just a few years after he said he didn’t have the authority to do what he just did on immigration.
Shelby Emmett, lawyer and former congressional staff member:
I wish Obama would focus just ten percent of his time on Americans and not illegals.
Since this all about rewarding people who chose to put their kids in a position where they’d be “ripped” from their arms, why hasn’t Obama suspended the family law system as well?
Plenty of American parents lose their kids on a daily basis over silly things like breaking the law.
Project 21 released statements from members opposing the Obama amnesty plan immediately after the President’s remarks on 11/20/14.
SOURCE: David W. Almasi