Sen. Mitch McConnell was pretty outraged by President Obama’s decision to stop deporting young law-abiding immigrants who were brought into America as children by their parents without documentation.
He went on Fox News Monday and blasted Obama for 1) not pushing such immigration reform when he had majorities in both houses of Congress and 2) doing what he said last year he had no legal authority to do.
Both statements are pretty damning indictments… if you don’t factor in that they are wildly inaccurate. As for his first point, Obama’s DREAM Act had a large majority in both houses, yet was blocked by — you guessed it — Mitch McConnell’s filibuster. In other words, how dare Obama not pass legislation that I single-handedly blocked from passage. McConnell’s second statement is flatly false, as both Repbulicans and Fox News have selectively edited comments from Obama in which he explicitly stated that while he couldn’t provide such young immigrants a path to citizenship, he could most certainly refrain from deporting them.
But here’s the funny thing. Despite criticizing Obama for dictating policy that should be the role of Congress, at yesterday’s press conference — following a poll released showing that 64 percent of Americans favor Obama’s move — Mitch McConnell declined to answer three questions about opposing Obama’s immigration stance, instead deferring his policy position to… that other guy running for president:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said today he’s waiting for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to announce a position on whether he supports deporting young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.
“He is the leader of our party from now until November,” McConnell said, explaining why he didn’t want to comment on the matter.
I guess that the guy running against Obama should dictate policy for Congress. But considering Romney has avoided making any comment about Obama’s immigration decision — despite being repeatedly asked — Mitch might have to wait a while before he finds out what he’s supposed to believe in.
But at least we know that McConnell believes that poor people aren’t taxed enough. Now that’s leadership.