Stephen Colbert on Obama’s immigration plan

Stephen Colbert weighs in on President Obama’s new immigration plan.

“Folks, my great grandfather did not come here from Ireland to see this country overrun by immigrants.”

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It is interesting to see how Fox News dutifully repeats the same talking points that the most conservative Republicans are using.


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  • Mike F

    You need to quit huffin’ the paint, boy.

  • Shhelb

    It’s hard to forget something that didn’t happen at all.

  • Don Chandler

    Probably a precursor to 2016. Kind of brilliant. Obama signs trade agreement with China, he signs Climate Trade agreement with China. And now he takes unilateral action on Immigration. He appears to be a “man of action.” Meanwhile, Congress, no stranger to extremely low approval ratings, will be on the hot seat after the break. And they will quibble among each other and accomplish little if not stop government. It’s a classic “do nothing” org. By 2016, people will know congress for what they are.

  • newbroom


    It is interesting to see how Fox News dutifully repeats the same talking
    points that the most conservative Republicans are using.
    and you noticed this, only recently?

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  • benb

    Fox “News” site is awfully quiet. It’s as if they forgot that, yesterday, President Obama shredded the Constitution and plunged the country into tyranny.

  • And how almost everyone on the right uses the same wording in their attacks. “Emperor” is the one for today. Where exactly is this coming from. That’s not a coincidence.

  • olandp

    There appear to be several villages who have freed their idiots today.

  • olandp

    “It is interesting to see how Fox News dutifully repeats the same talking
    points that the most conservative Republicans are using.”

    Is this the chicken/egg conundrum again?

  • Denver Catboy

    It’s my belief that Obama choose to do it after the election to kindle hope and remind his base that staying home has consequences. He chose to do it after rather than before because before would have had real consequences to his real backers, who need a steady stream of workers who can’t fight back without risking being sent away or locked up, to keep labor prices low. Bonus points? The blocking of the above effort will be pinned on Republicans — give the blame for the bad policy to Team Red, even though Team Blue wants it too.

    It’s like Net Neutrality. Don’t do anything before the election, and then after, when the other guys block it, use that as a weapon in your 2016 election kit.

    Too bad staying home won’t help that though. Team Red will damage the country enough to make it dangerous to stay home, and if you constantly run back to Team Blue, they’ll just smirk and wait. Too bad that 64% that stayed home didn’t get that. 50% of 64% is 32%. If you could get just half of the non-voters to vote for the Greens or the Socialists (and you’ll have to coordinate to get at least 28% of the 64% to vote for the same guy), and you’ll have someone who is NOT Team Red or Team Blue make the office.

    But too bad that didn’t happen. Now we get two years of Team Red’s mismanagement. Life will get a whole lot rougher for a whole lot of people…

  • Denver Catboy

    Good answer. And trolikins down below still can’t accept that if he and his voted at least half, we’d not have either of the two main political parties in office.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Yeah but I’m not sure they connect those things. Obama made a bold move specifically because Congress (hamstrung by the GOP) wouldn’t do squat. Before the election, Congress also wasn’t doing squat. How would that get people excited to vote?

  • nicho

    I don’t know. A lot of people on the left weren’t motivated to come out and vote three weeks ago. Now, many of them seem to be very excited about this.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Doubt it. People don’t seem to connect midterm elections with real events.

  • FLL

    Here’s (the link) to a Pew research article about the Latino vote in the 2012 election. Hispanics voted for Obama over Romney by 71% to 27%. Only 2% of Hispanics voted for 3rd party or “none-of-the-above,” the same percentage as for the voting population as a whole. Moreover, they were not voting for the unknown quantity that was Obama in 2008, but rather the Obama with one term under his belt, so they knew exactly who they were voting for.

    By now, readers have become accustomed to commenters who would prefer that liberals not vote, or at least not for any candidate who polls above 2%, leaving control of governance to conservatives. Those same commenters would be making an entertaining error by expressing sympathy for Hispanic immigrants… you know… just for the sake of masquerading as progressives and leaving that impression on Americablog readers. Hispanics?! In light of the statistics from 2012? My advice to our resident “Don’t vote/None of the above” commenters: Be careful what you wish for.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Maybe. But Democrats, given a chance, will pander and this time it was to racists. That’s their problem and they’re welcome to it.

  • nicho

    The odd thing is that, had he done this before the election, it might have energized a lot of people to go out and vote and might have made a difference in the outcome.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Obama is rebranding again. For six years he’s pursued a racist border policy. “Since President Obama has been in office, over two million people have been deported from the United States. That’s more than under George W. Bush in eight years and more than double Bill Clinton’s number.

    It’s more than any President, ever.

    Why has he been doing this? Because President Obama wanted to prove to Congress that he wasn’t “soft on immigration,” in the hopes that they would pass comprehensive immigration reform. So far, that plan hasn’t worked out too well. … With so many American households made up of a mix of U.S. citizens and permanent or undocumented residents, the millions of deportations carried out in the past five years have torn apart countless families. https://www.aclu.org/secure/president_obama_deportations?sid=2172652

    It’s too little, too late and too limited in numbers and time for the majority of immigrant and imported workers. And he doesn’t admit the role of every American regime since Polk in creating the economic dislocation and chaos that leads to mass immigration, especially the despicable role of Bill Clinton and NAFTA.

    What’s needed is a program of full citizenship – with dual citizenship for those who want it – and a guarantee of voting rights, the right to join a union and fight for fair wages, socialized medicine and good housing.

    No fines or fees of any kind should be should be imposed and repartitions should be paid for those whose lives were shattered by Obama’s racist policy of mass deportations.

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