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Published: Thursday, July 31 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hayden, ID

What good will more laws do when Obama refuses to enforce the ones we already have? Obama will not do his job to secure the borders!

Mark B
Eureka, CA

And Congress' job is to take the next six weeks OFF? They're already suing Obama for doing "too much", while they've done less than any Congress in decades. Does that mean they are HAPPY with things, or that they're pouting in the corner hoping no one notices?

Orem, UT

We need to:

1) Enforce our current laws. Passing another law does absolutely no good if the president refuses to enforce any laws that might curb the flow of democrat voters (..errr, illegal aliens) across our southern border.

2) If there is a real problem with any of our laws (e.g. the current loophole that says anyone who steps into this country from Central America gets a long "due process" stay here), then fix it with a real bill that actually addresses the problem. What we need least of all is some bill that does nothing to secure the border, throws a lot of money at it, and just lets everyone go home and tell their constituents that they "did something" even if that something was bad.

slc, UT

Obama is enforcing the law congress passed in 2008 when it comes to this issue if congress wants it handled differreny perhaps they should change the law rather then blame Obama for yet another one of their many failures to get anything done. If the GOP ever wants to be relevant again they are going to have to dumb the tea party once and for all.

salt lake city, UT

"What good will more laws do when Obama refuses to enforce the ones we already have? Obama will not do his job to secure the borders!"
The GOP's ability to get things done within their own party is what this is all about. Outside of a few right wing, uncomprimising radicals nobody can blame Obama on the GOP's inability for them to pass a bill in the very branch of Congress they control.
It's also ironic that the State of Texas is on the front line of this mess and their own Senator is the one restricting any immeadiate federal response to the situation. It's poetic justice.

Hayden, ID

@ Intervention & FT: Obama is enforcing none, zero, zip, nada of our existing immigration laws. If you don't believe it, go to Texas, So.Cal or Arizona as see for yourself! Illegals are streaming across our border at will and the majority of them are getting on taxpayer funded welfare programs! That's why the come! But they will make nice government dependent Democrat voters won't they?

Orem, UT

intervention: "Obama is enforcing the law congress passed in 2008 when it comes to this issue..."

Yep. You are right. Obama's hands are completely tied and he can't do anything other than what he is currently doing...right?

There is a problem with that 2008 law that is being exploited by Obama and his illegal alien friends and Congress should pass a bill that would fix the problem (assuming Harry Reid would allow a vote in the Senate on anything coming out of the House).

But if anyone thinks that Obama's attitude and his enforcement wouldn't do a 180 turn if all these illegals wanted to join the Tea Party, then you are in denial. Not wanting to be hypocritical, I would also freely admit that if that were the case then a whole bunch of GOP members would quiet down considerably about border enforcement.


More money so Obama can make a better "welcome mat" for people breaking our laws?

Boehner needs to go, he is no more a leader than Obama.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

JoeCapitalist is spot on! If these illegals voted for the GOP, you would see Obama shut down the border in a heartbeat! It would be a most serious crisis!

salt lake, UT

@mountainman please provide any actual proof you have that Obama is not enforcing the 2008 law.

@joe capitalist Even the fox news talking heads admit you cannot really vote to sue the president claiming overreach one day then the next day blame him for not taking action beyond the letter of the law.

salt lake city, UT

It's not the illegals that will swing an election it's the millions of the fastest growing segment of our society that will. The American hispanic community feels threatned by the GOP and their myopic witch hunts. I want our borders closed off as much as anyone but to think one man can do it with the current resources at hand is ridiculous. Bottom line is the GOP and the Tea Party continue to lose national elections because of events like today. They simply cannot find their own way out of the little tent they live in. Reagan helped cultivate a big tent party that won national elections. The tea party is living in a pup tent.


Democrats forget they tried to impeach GW Bush.

The bill failed because the house members don't trust Obama and what he will use the money for. Illegal immigration has turned into a poison pill for November's election.

On the bright side, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have introduced legislation that would go after the root of the border crisis -- Pres. Obama's executive amnesties and threats of future ones.


He is following his interpretation of the law. It's for human trafficking, not human smuggling. Also the law has a loophole that allows his administration to deport without trial during "exceptional circumstances". Even Democratic leaders have called for him to enact the "exceptional" provision that already exists. It requires no executive action.

salt lake, UT


the key word there is "loophole" again you cannot vote to sue one day for not following the laws you pass then expect them to use "loopholes" the next day when you fail to pass a new law to fix the problems with the old one you passed.


Giving amnesty and not enforcing laws is one thing.

Enforcing the law correctly is another. The bill is for human trafficking not human smuggling, there is a difference, he is not enforcing the law correctly. There are no loopholes, it specifies who it covers, and gives a out in case of exceptional circumstances, ask Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

In one case, he is making his own laws, and so far his actions with the children show him not correctly enforcing another.

He is wrong in both instances. We can and do ask him to follow the law in both instances.

Virginia Beach, VA

Hey JoeCapitalist2 -

"We need to enforce our current laws . . " . . . which is impossible to since sequestration (which is still in effect) forced upon us by Republicans, has whittled away billions from the border enforcement budget.

A new law would provide the necessary funding.

In other words, ridiculous "Conservative" Tea-Party obstructionism has succeeded once again in harming America and Americans.

The Republican Party is America's Enemy Number ONE.

Provo, UT


It's not a loophole, it's part of the law. We don't need a new law, Obama would just enforce what he wants any way. The law, as written, allows him to send the children home to their parents without a court date. It should not be used for children who's parents have paid $5000-10,000 to smuggle them here. That is not human trafficking. For that much money they could have come here legally.

Phoenix, AZ

What good will more laws do when Obama refuses to enforce the ones we already have? Obama will not do his job to secure the borders!"

Barack Hussein Obama doesn't need more laws. He has a phone and a pen. That's all he needs. What's all the belly-aching about?

Phoenix, AZ

Why in heaven's name does the US have to intercept illegals at the border, take them in, give them room and board, ship them to relatives in the US (likely illegal) get them a lawyer, give them amnesty while they wait a hearing, get them a job, etc., all at taxpayer expense? Just let them come in and fend for themselves. No citizenship, no amnesty, no food stamps, no government handouts, no free education, and no jobs. They will soon see that they're not welcome and just go home (at their own expense). And, perhaps it will send a message that, if you wanna come to the US and become a citizen, do it the right way... fill out the requisite paperwork and get in line.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."

(Matthew 25:41-46)

"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." (Mahatma Gandhi)

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