Conservatives Heckle Obama Over Immigration Decision
Conservatives politicians and reporters attacked President Barack Obama over his directive to allow children of undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation.
One of the most conservative members of Congress†says he will sue to stop the proposed change in immigration policy. Meanwhile, a reporter for the conservative Daily Caller interrupted the president during a press conference with a shouted question about “favoring foreigners.”
King Pledges Lawsuit
Rep. Steve King, R-Ia., says he will file a lawsuit to block the proposed policy change.”I will tell you that ó Iím not without experience on this ó Iím prepared to bring a suit and seek a court order to stop implementation of this policy,” said King, in an interview with Mike Huckabee.
“I have done it once in the past successfully when then-Governor Tom Vilsack thought he could legislate by executive order ó and the case of King vs. Vilsack is in the books. And that individual, by the way, is now the Secretary of Agriculture.†I wonder if heís not counseling the president on his legal proceedings,” King continued.
King’s opposition is probably welcomed by the Obama Administration. The conservative firebrand has been extremely hostile to immigration, going so far as to compare immigrants to dogs.
A lawsuit is unlikely to succeed. Legal analysts told the Washington Post that the decision was well within the purview of executive discretionary power.
“I donít see much chance at all that this is something that is going to be successfully litigated,” said Dr. Ken Mayer, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Just about everybody from the left or right agrees that this is something at the core of executive discretion.”
Munro Interrupts President
A Daily Caller reporter was so agitated by the decision that he interrupted Obama during his statement announcing the policy change.
“Why did you favor foreigners over Americans?” Munro shouted, as Obama was speaking.
A visibly irritated Obama responded, saying, “Excuse me, sir, but it’s not time for questions.”
Munro pressed, asking whether Obama would take questions. “Not while I’m speaking,” he replied.
A bit further into his speech, Obama addressed Munro’s question, saying,†”In answer to your question, sir Ė and the next time I’d prefer you’d let me finish my statement before you ask that question Ė this is the right thing to do for the American people.”
Munro shouted out again, but Obama said simply, “I didnít ask for an argument. Iím answering your question.”
After Obama completed his statement and left the Rose Garden, Munro heckled the president again, shouting, “What about American workers who are unemployed while you import foreigners?”
Munro was unreprentant, saying he had asked the question when the speech “appeared to be ending,” though Munro did not explain why he thought the speech would end with the president only halfway through a sentence. Munro also made no secret of his disdain for immigration.
“In general, Democratic politicians have favored easy immigration, despite the impact it has on American workers, who provided the partyís base up until the 1980s.”
Exactly why Democrats would oppose the impact of immigration was unstated by Munro. A 2007 Bush Administration report showed that immigrants have a positive impact on the economy.
Munro’s boss supported him. In a statement, Tucker Carlson, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Caller, said, “I†donít remember Diane Sawyer scolding her colleague Sam Donaldson for heckling President Reagan. And she shouldnít have. A reporterís job is to ask questions and get answers.”
Nevertheless, Munro’s outburst drew scorn from his fellow media members, including conservatives. On Fox, Shep Smith referred to the incident as “weird,” and Chris Wallace called Munro’s actions “outrageous.”
“The idea that you would interrupt the president in the middle of prepared remarks and shout a question ó I donít think the guy should be allowed back in the White House on a press pass and my guess is he won’t be,” Wallace said.
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Image: President Obama announces new immigration policy. Official White House photo by Sonya N. Herbert