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  • Trooper55 Williams, AZ
    May 16, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    The problem is simple, if they are here illegally send them back to where they came from and make them enter this country legally. I believe that is the only way to handle this problem. No more free passes give them nothing but deport them back to were they came from. As a Taxpayer I am getting tired of the illegals getting all the free Food stamps, medical, schooling and what ever they can and at the expense of the Taxpayers. Anything less will just compound the illegals in this country, knowing when it get's out of hand they will get the free pass again. If the President gives in then least vote him out in 2012.

  • CJ Murray, UT
    May 15, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    Pure politics and nothing more, this guy is all about self promotion and gaining political power. Is that the "hope and change" we were all promised? Where is the new "civility" he called for after the Tucson shootings? This guy is a farce and a fraud of the worst kind. Anybody but B O in 2012!

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 11, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    It seems that Obama is baiting the GOP here. He can't pass his "reform" because it makes no sense.
    But he can create a wedge here and maybe get some votes. The GOP can either follow the platform (that'd be a new twist) or cater to the brown vote with an amnesty plan.
    Amnesty is a tough sell indeed with 10% unemployment.

  • Te Amo Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    Don't you democrats/republicans get it? All the professional politicians are the one's who put us in this position. They have run most big corporations off shore due to double and triple taxation of stock holders, taking the jobs with them, while yelling raise taxes on the rich, when most stock holders are just trying to make sufficient money to retire before death. At the same time all politicians need do is 2 years in congress and they are set with full pay and 100% medical for life. They won't fix our medical care system because it involves getting rid of the lawyers, insurance companies, and pill pushers. Those are the ones our professional politicians actually get rich serving. If we had Mexico's system we'd all have "affordable" health care. Campaign contributions should be limited in amount and limited to legal individuls who are registered voters for the candidates in the election. Thank God for the Mexicans, they work, but are hated by the racists who just want to punch a clock, draw a check. I say open the border, but both ways, equally. DI, don't be part of the problem. Print this.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    May 11, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    I think "mock" is kind of a strong, loaded word here. The GOP can't afford to be thin-skinned and angry the way the Dems tend to be. Obama was using hyperbole and humor to make a point, and I happen to agree with it. The border HAS been strengthened a great deal over the past few years (beginning under Bush). There are many who will never allow for ANY concession to ANY illegal immigrant even if there's an impenetrable fence across every inch of the border. Calling for 100% border security without dealing with the larger problem -- a huge segment of society in the shadows -- is mostly just a way of kicking the can down the road.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 11, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    A ... didn't our great teleprompter king just get through lecturing us a few weeks ago on how both democrats and republicans need to be more civil and work together??? Hmmm, interesting how soon the man seems to forget his own advise. How predictable.

  • JBrady Murray, Ut
    May 11, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    Leaders don't mock others. He is to Chicago for the country.

    Our deportations have increased less than 10% since Bush's last year. He is deporting more, not that much more. When your dealing with millions, 32,000 more is a small number, especially when he offered sel deportation to convicted felons to get to part of the increase.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 11, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    Wow! Our border is safe and the fence is basically done? I've done everything the republicans wanted. Let's all vote for another four years.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 10, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    Democrats this and Republicans that. Blah Blah, Blah! Throwing blame around doesn't fix anything. Both are at fault, and yes, Obama also. There are real problems out here and nothing is being done about it. Here are some of them:

    * High gas prices
    * Over a million jobs gone to other countries.
    * Huge debt caused by our Federal, State, Cities, School Districts, etc.
    * High unemployment
    * Open borders
    * High cost for weak education
    * Corrupt leaders
    * Etc

    When all is said and done,- more was said than done. Let's fix the problem. If our leaders can't do it, than step down and let someone else in. A total turnover would be refreshing.

  • MormonDem Provo, UT
    May 10, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    Obama has done FAR more to control immigration than Bush did. Border enforcement has tripled. Deportations have increased by an order of magnitude.

    The Republicans deserve all the derision they get on this issue, because they've done nothing but complain, and when Obama addresses their complaints, they complain about that!

    The Republicans propose Cap and Trade in the 1990s. Complain about Obama proposing it in 2008.

    The Republicans propose the individual mandate for health care in the 1990s. Complain about Obama proposing it in 2008.

    The Republicans ask for tax cuts. Obama includes tax cuts as 1/3 of the stimulus. Republicans complain about it.

    The Republicans ask for more border enforcement. Obama triples the border patrol. Republicans complain about it.

    The Republicans say Obama's soft on terror. Obama sends in the Seals to kill Osama. Republicans complain about it.

    The Republicans ask for more deportations. Obama deports four times as many per year as Bush II did. Republicans complain about it.

    Obviously, the Republicans are more concerned about having something to complain about. They're so opposed to Obama they'll disagree with themselves in order to avoid agreeing with him.

    THAT's childish. Mockery deserved.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    May 10, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    This man is not a leader in any sense of the word! He was placed in his position to uphold constitutional law, not to play stupid cat and mouse games with the GOP. Our federal government is totally incapable of leading out on anything rational and honest. It's not that any particular class or party is incapable of governing; every class and party is incapable of governing. Any idiot could govern better than these clowns in D.C. by simply upholding constitutional law, as it is stated. The feds scare me more than any and all terrorist groups.

  • chase SL Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    Illegal immigration shouldn't be a criminal issue, it should be an economic issue. Many illegals are hanging on to our countries coat tail. Medicaid, Education, Welfare, food stamps... etc.

    I love the illegal immigrant, but I dis-like illegal immigration.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    May 10, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    Divine Way !!!!
    Someday in another word perhaps....

    For now, lets just have the laws of the United States of America enforced and obeyed. Let the President lead the way, It is his job and he should tend to it.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    May 10, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    VA Saint:


  • VA Saint Chester, VA
    May 10, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    The President of the United States needs to rise above the rhetoric and the mocking. He is crass, snide and arrogant in his behavior. Say that you disagree, fine, but acting like a child is very un-Presidential.

  • JBrady Murray, Ut
    May 10, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    Obama does busy work to look like he is enforcing laws. Illegal immigration is up. He doesn't deport enough each year to equal those coming here illegally.

    All the while talking amnesty. His amnesty of going to the back of the line, doesn't mean returning home and standing in line. They are rewarded for their illegal behavior by being allowed to stay here. Most just come for the jobs, and he is giving it to them. Rewarding mass illegal behavior is going to cause bigger future problems for this country. It could be stopped now, but the Hispanic vote is to important to him.

    He has lost this Democrat. That's the price he'll pay for catering to one group, and stretching the laws for their benefits.

  • westcoastlife saltlake city, utah
    May 10, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    Cant say much too much for our relatives are lightskin second cousin dark skin!
    Its just all about Family here In UsA (Viva)

  • SLars Provo, UT
    May 10, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    "In March 2011, GAO border expert Richard Stana told the committee the border is indeed out of control, Napolitano's claims regardless."

    PEW shows illegal immigration increasing.

    Our borders include internal enforcement. Obama gives business fines, but turns those here illegally loose.

    Show me the wall you built President Obama.

  • Truth csar Colorado Springs, CO
    May 10, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    Numerous murders by illegals isn't safe for victims.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    '...I am left pondering why, if the President is really seeking to solve this incredible dilemma, he would stoop to the childish behavior...' - metamoracoug | 4:32 p.m.

    As compared too?

    Screaming 'You lie!' at the president during an address?
    Claiming healthcare reform is gonna 'kill grandma?'
    Asking for a birth certificate 2yrs after the 1st one was presented in 2008?

    If you want childish behavior, look no further than the Republican party.

    FYI, McCain visited the boarder, any changes?

    I didn't think so.

    Didn't Regan offer AMNESTY to illegals when he was president? But the problem of illegal immigration just started 25 months ago?

    No. This was one snippet of comment from Obama. About building a moat.

    After I have given an example of a GOP canidate asking to put LAND MINES on the boarder.

    You said nothing.

    But I expect nothing less.

    Republican can scream at Obama, offer up land mines on the boarder, and conservatives say nothing.

    Obama makes a joke about a moat, and suddenly, it's offensive.

    Don't let the facts of the matter dissuade you.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    May 10, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    Perhaps you didn't read my earlier post. I said that Bush and Obama are no different concerning protecting the US from an invading population of people from the south. Its not about R's and D's anymore. Its about enforcing our laws. I listened to the Sheriff of Pima Co. Arizona and he said they caught 200 plus thousand illegals crossing the border last year. Which, he said, is about 1/3 of total people comming accross the area he patrols. Sounds significant to me. sounds like Obama is no different than Bush.
    Also, High tech survelance does nothing if you don't have the manpower to enforce the border. also, also, treason is when you intentionally try to destroy our country economically to prepare the way for a new way of doing things, a "fundamental transformation" of our country. Thats treasonous.

  • Viva la Migra American Fork, UT
    May 10, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    It's amazing that Obama thinks he can boldly lie about securing the border and then expect the Republicans to follow through with an amnesty program.

    Although congress passed a secure-fence bill a few years ago that called for a 700 mile wall, only a few miles have actually been built.

    There are reports that the border patrol political appointees are purposely not arresting illegals to make it look like the numbers are going down.

    Although they have hired thousands of additional BP agents and greatly increased their salary, many have their hands tied by policies which prevent interior enforcement. The 30 man crew along the Northwest border made many more arrests in the 1970s-1980s than the 300 agents there today.

    Perhaps Obama should spend his next family vacation camping inside the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, which has been closed to the public since 2006 due to the drug cartels using it as a corridor. Since the border is so secure now, he should have no hesitation to demonstrating it, right?

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    How could anyone possibly believe the Pres. on immigration enforcement when he won't even let Arizona law enforcement do what he and Napolitano REFUSE to do?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 10, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    BO visited one of the most secure spots along the border. The Secret Service probably would not allow him to visits parts of the AZ border where the drug lords are in complete control.

    I think the line about this being his FIRST visit since he was elected shows how much he really cares - he's just looking to court the hispanic vote (many of whom OPPOSE illegal immigration)

    As for him quoting Murdock, it's typical of the left to lump legal immigration in with illegal immigration. (BO being the leftist thinking Murdock's comments about immigration applied to ILLEGAL immigration)

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    May 10, 2011 5:00 p.m.

    How many of you have read or listened to Obama's speech? If you had you would realize that his "mocking" was a very small snippit Fox and friends are blowing out of proportion as sensationalism. Yet it was well deserved "mocking". It must have stung to be the only part they remember.

    From his speech today : "One CEO had this to say about reform. American ingenuity is a product of the openness and diversity of this society Immigrants have made America great as the world leader in business, science, higher education and innovation. Thats Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, and an immigrant himself. I dont know if youre familiar with his views, but lets just say he doesnt have an Obama bumper sticker on his car."

    Have a little integrity and read or watch the speech before criticizing it.

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    May 10, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    Now that the 2012 campaigning has begun, Obama will become increasingly divisive, proving once again that his speeches about striving for bipartisanship were little more than words.

  • Jazz Bass Man Wellsville, Utah
    May 10, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    Just when I started to have a little respect for Obama, then he goes and tells the biggest lie of his career. The border is secured now, so we should start talking about amnesty for over 12 million mexicans who are sucking our economy dry...

    Really? Does he really think anyone will actually believe such a bold faced lie? Saying that the border is secure, after he calls American citizens who want the laws enforced as "enemies" to La Raza, then his administration sues Arizona for trying to enforce their own border (something he refuses to do). Just how stupid does this guy think Americans are? And of course, the media would never put cameras on the border to show the thousands who are still coming here illegally to prove Obama wrong. No way.

    This "president" absolutely needs to be voted out.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    May 10, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    A major reason why our healthcare costs are high and continue to skyrocket is because our healthcare providers and hospitals are giving services to illigal immigrants who never pay their bills because they know they can get away with it. Resolving the illegal immigrant issue would help lower medical costs.


    I agree fully with you that Republicans haven't done anything regarding this matter. They are just as guilty as the Democrats for inaction. Thus, I am left pondering why, if the President is really seeking to solve this incredible dilemma, he would stoop to the childish behavior of his political colleagues? And why does he visit the border and not offer something substantial by way of fixing the problem?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 10, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    Pagan--There you go again. What does Republicans of the past have to do with fixing the problems of today.

    I have worked on the border for over twenty years and I can tell you,---you (sadly) don't know what your'e talking about. Your sarcasm of headless bodies show your ignorance.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 10, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    "We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement," Obama said. "But even though we've answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time."
    Obama nailed it with this statement and it explains exactly what the republicans and the above posters or Foxettes have been doing all along.
    But it's rich to see so many of you, who mock and have mocked Obama's entire presidency, complain that he's childish for throwing a snowball at the republicans avalanche of mockery and silly accusations.
    Childish is the republican parties, Say No, and do nothing approach to solving this nations problems, many of which didn't begin with his presidency. Apparently many of you have no recollection of anytime before 2008.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    May 10, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    I'll be right back. Just gonna put some air in my tires to my car will get better gas mileage.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    May 10, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    KM, you might want to look up some facts first before saying "Obama has done nothing to decrease illigal immigration".

    You really should listen to the speech. He call R's out for saying exactly what you did while he has actually DOUBLED the number of border troops, sent drones and other high tech surveilance means and has secured the border better than it ever has been.

    He's calling R's out for contantly "moving the goal posts" of what they think will solve the problem because even though he implements THIER ideas they keep up the rhetoric that he isn't doing anything. That's just anti-american politics to take down the duly elected potus. That's treasonous.

    Obama is spot on. R's deserve to be mocked for thier childish behavior.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    May 10, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Have your fun and get your laughs repubs, but the fact remains that the past(2000-2008)is history and you cannot change it no matter what you say or do! And you want us voters to do what? Elect another pro-business president, what a joke! Just where would this country be if McDuff(McCain) and sweet Sarah were in office now? You people are unbeivable.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 10, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Just when a few people were starting to like him. He always manages to blow it.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Only people who are concerned about 11 million illegal immigrants draining our social system of every dime would want to do something about the border.

    Why would a tax-and-spend liberal like Obama be concerned?

  • SLars Provo, UT
    May 10, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    "nearing completion of a border fence"
    When did he build a border fence, he stopped it.

    The Republicans asked for 6,000 troops, he sent 1200 that are scheduled to be removed in June or July.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    I guess this is the "new way forward" that he promised us. No wonder nothing is getting accomplished in Washington. The president is too busy raising money for himself, trying to make illegals feel good about themselves again, and trying to win over the latino population that he has alienated by his inaction.

    He should try telling the illegals another line that he's going to accomplish fixing the broken immigration system before the end of the first term and not push it off until the next election cycle. Oh wait a minute he has pushed it off.

    But that gives him a talking point. No to just give the illegals amnesty and then they can vote for him.

    I wonder about families who have lost love ones to illegals. I wonder if they're laughing with the president who has failed to protect the border.


  • Ken Sandy, UT
    May 10, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    Mocking those who think laws should be enforced.

    What a great president we have.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    May 10, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    Did Obama really say that? Our commander and chief sounds like a 5th grader. President, please act your age and your office. I can understand saying that in private but in public?

    Where is Biden anyways? I could count on him for truly funny quotes. Please release the gag order on our vice president.

  • Capt. Smash Bountiful, UT
    May 10, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    Good job spanking the rethuglicans, nice real nice.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    'There are entire regions of Arizona under control of drug lords.' - The Rock | 3:08 p.m.

    Yeah, yeah.

    And headless bodies cover the Az boarder.

    *'Brewer Finally Backpedals: I Was Wrong About Headless Bodies' - By Ben Frumin - Talking Points Memo

    I will concede that immigration is a problem, so I will ask again:

    WHAT have Republicans done about immigration before this point?

    I mean BESIDES offer amnesty during the Regan administration?

    Can't remember anything from the last 10yrs?

    That's right, Obama 'has to solve the problem' in 2yrs.

    It is estimated that there are 12 million illegal immigrants in America today. Compare to the US military which runs, what? 3-4 million, and I want to know what Republicans are going to do when the military is outnumbered 4-to-1, against.

    And what about the teleprompter? Every president for the last 30 years has used one.

    Not Sarah Palin though!

    She reads off of her hand.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    May 10, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Obama mocks the American people when he does absolutely nothing to stop the total migration of people comming accross the southern border.
    When Obama says we need comprehensive immigration reform, what he means is we need amnesty. He is no different than Bush on this matter. They both know that the scale has tipped and if you don't play ball with the illegal population in the US, then you loose your ability to be elected and re-elected. And don't tell me illegals don't vote. Acorn and community organizers have ways of dealing with this little problem.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 10, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    Poor Mr. Obama:

    1. It's George Bushes fault.
    2. I inherited this mess.
    3. The Republicans won't let me do anything.
    4. Fox news is saying bad things about me.
    5. People are polluting the air.
    6. People don't like me because of my race.

    Could it be his policies?

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    May 10, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    This latest ridicule of Obama's against the Republicans and other politicians, tells me he's in it for the laughs, not for genuine concern over what is really going on with our country.

    Does ANYONE out there really care about the American people overall anymore???

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    May 10, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Way to unify, Mr. President. Tease and mock the other side. That type of behavior should be beneath you.

    How about unfreezing the funding for the border fence? Allowing the BP to use real bullets? The border we have is a farce and the Mexicans and radical Islam terrorists know it. Stop suing Arizona for trying to tackle this huge problem on their own, and start listening to the people of southern Texas and southern AZ, some of whom have bullets whizzing past their doors and sleep with guns to protect themselves against the Mexican druglords. Saying it's fixed doesn't mean it really is.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    May 10, 2011 3:08 p.m.

    I don't know what Obama is thinking but:

    There are entire regions of Arizona under control of drug lords.
    An Arizona Sheriff has a price on his head.
    When Arizona complained about violence from illegal aliens, the Obama administration posted "keep out" signs.

    That is not enforcement.
    Saying we have better border security than ever does not make it true.

    Obama is doing this for two reasons:
    1. His approval rating among Hispanics has dropped dramatically.
    2. The Democrats need more votes and view illegal aliens as a good source of those votes. (Yeah, I know. It is illegal for illegal aliens to vote but why is it illegal to ask people if they are citizens when they register to vote under "Motor Voter"?)

    I just want to know. Did Obama use a teleprompter when he make his remarks?

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    May 10, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    I like this headline: Republicans Mock Obama's Presidency

    That banter should solve a lot of problems.

  • reader1234 South Jordan, UT
    May 10, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    I would be more than happy to open the borders to Mexico when they can crack down on all the crime they have. Why should we import crime and corruption?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    '...to build pressure on Republicans to take on a comprehensive immigration overhaul and eagerly working to show vital Hispanic voters that he is not the one standing in the way.
    Countering Republican calls to focus on border security before moving to a comprehensive overhaul, Obama said their demands have been more than met by his administration but "they'll never be satisfied." - Article

    I have to agree with this.

    In the previous 8yrs, what was done on immigration by the Republican party?


    The only thing I can find is:

    *'GOP Nominee Proposes Landmines For Mexico Border' - CBS News - 06/15/10
    'During the May 18 interview with KNMX radio in Las Vegas, N.M., (Tom) Mullins (New Mexico) said the U.S. could mine the border, install barbed wire and post signs directing would-be border jumpers to cross legally at designated checkpoints.
    "We could put land mines along the border. I know it sounds crazy.'

    And it did.

    And now, Obama gets to solve the problems Republicans sat on in 2yrs?

    Once again, without Republican support.

  • MarieDevine Divine-Way Kansas City, MO
    May 10, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    Now, an illegal immigrant cannot admit it, for fear of punishment. He cannot leave for fear he cannot get back if he wants to. He is separated from his family and wants to help them, so he can only send them money so they buy where they are. That is not to our benefit. The immigrants could also stay in their country and live the garden paradise lifestyle there. It will work throughout the world and end immigration problems.

    Because we have an anti-God employment system and welfare programs, the immigration issue cannot be solved with satisfaction for all.
    We cannot reward breaking the law
    We cannot deny them medical and welfare; that would make us murderers and cold hearted people.
    We cannot allow them to be citizens to vote since their main allegiance is to their country.

    Our employment lifestyle is destroying the world; for our protection we need to turn to a garden paradise lifestyle. God warned against our debt, interest, insurance (surety), covetousness, and seeking riches and honor; so we must turn to God's truth for our own good.

  • MarieDevine Divine-Way Kansas City, MO
    May 10, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    God's law is not to oppress the stranger among you. We could open our borders, not close them. That allows the illegal immigrants the chance to go home and know the men can come again to work for a short time, get money, buy goods from America and take them back to their family in their country. That gives us the benefit without extraordinary expense.

    With a garden paradise lifestyle instead of employment lifestyle, we would have no need for entitlement or welfare programs. Most things would be done through our loving citizens who would be helped. We benefit in the low cost of our foods because migrant workers can live on lower wages than citizens who have a house, car, and college to support.