Maybe that’s because he didn’t secure our borders in the first place.
President Barack Obama brushed off complaints levied by the GOP that his immigration actions are illegal in an ABC News interview that aired today, saying that the U.S. has ‘limited resources’ and it only makes sense for the government to prioritize the removal of ‘felons, criminals and recent arrivals’ over longtime residents and families.
‘Everybody knows, including Republicans, that we’re not going to deport 11 million people,’ Obama told George Stephanopolous during a Friday interview for his Sunday morning program This Week.
‘The reason that we have to do prosecutorial discretion in immigration is that we know that we are not even close to being able to deal with the folks who have been here a long time,’ he said.
In the extended interview Obama and Stephanoplous also discussed the grand jury investigation into Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and the 2016 presidential race.
When it comes to Ferguson, the president encouraged the Missouri town’s residents to ‘keep protests peaceful.’
‘This is a country that allows everybody to express their views, but using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law and contrary to who we are,’ Obama said.
The president declined to say whether or not he was worried about outbursts of violence if Wilson is not indicted on criminal charges for shooting and killing local teen Michael Brown, however he noted that protests over the summer showed that there’s a ‘possibility of even overwhelmingly peaceful crowds being overrun by a few thugs.’
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