Ali Velshi at MSNBC was caught lying this afternoon by The Right Scoop’s own famous taco-eating blogger SooperMexican, who sent me this clip:
Here’s a shorter version from Soop:
— ¡El Sooopèrr! ن c137 (@SooperMexican) November 12, 2019
Soop is not wrong. It’s absolute BS and here’s the proof, right from the NY Times op-ed section:
March 28, 2011, interview with Univision: “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case…. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.”
July 25, 2011, speech to La Raza: “Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. And believe me, right now dealing with Congress — believe me — believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”
Sept. 28, 2011, Hispanic Roundtable at the White House: “I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true…. We live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it.”
Obama didn’t just say once that he couldn’t do it, he said it over and over and over. Then in 2012 he did it anyway, going around Congress to enact exactly what he said he couldn’t legally do. And in 2014 he expanded it even further.
It’s simply outrageous for Velshi to accuse Trump of lying about this when the record is so clear.
As far as how many DACA recipients are “tough, hardened” criminals, I have no idea. But according to reports many of them do have arrest records:
President Trump is right… over 50,000 DACA recipients have arrest records https://t.co/lsNmVX3WYa
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) November 12, 2019