Pro-immigrant GOP Group Reacts to Obama Immigration Speech: “We’re underwhelmed”

Marshall, MN – Pro-immigration reform Republican group Cafe Con Leche Republicans today reacted to today’s Obama immigration speech.

Bob Quasius, President of Cafe Con Leche Republicans, said “Frankly we’re underwhelmed at Obama’s speech. He continues to attack Republicans while talking about bipartisanship, and how can anyone identify immigrants by looking at their faces? Attacking the other party incessantly is not how bipartisan legislation is put together. Bush speech writer William McGunn ‘hit the nail on the head’ in his 2010 WSJ op-ed “Obama’s Immigration Fakery”, when he contrasted the differences between Bush’s immigration reform efforts and Obama’s:

“First, President Bush actually wanted an immigration bill, and indeed many of his conservative critics loathed him for it. Second, because he knew that such a bill required bipartisan support, he did not disparage members of the other party.”

“There’s a reason the Gang of Eight didn’t tell Obama about it’s two year long secret negotiations, until the day before announcing their plan. They obviously were concerned about Obama, who fuels partisan rancor almost every time he talks about immigration. Many have observed that Obama prefers to have the immigration issue than the solution, so he can demagogue Republicans with Latinos and Asians, and sadly we concur.”

“We don’t see much evidence of bipartisanship from Obama, but we see plenty from many Republicans in Congress, such as Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.”

“Ironically, Obama began his speech praising his own leadership in the Iranian interim nuclear agreement. Our friends and allies from across the Middle East and South Asia for years have been begging and pleading for leadership from Obama and found his leadership weak and feckless, especially when long term friends were thrown under the bus in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

“It’s obvious Obama badly needs a success after the Obamacare train wreck, but a deal at any price to distract attention from other woes is hardly an example of leadership. Israel’s security is severely compromised by recognizing Iran’s Uranium enrichment program despite years of deception and refusal to cooperate with nuclear inspectors. Obama seems to tell Iran “If you like your nukes you can keep them. Period.”

“After the infamous Münich Pact appeased Hitler with part of Czechoslovakia, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain praised his own leadership, achieving world peace, etc. As we all know, six months later Hitler took the rest of Czechoslovakia. We would not be surprised if Israel is confronted with a nuclear armed Iran before the agreement expires in six months. Notably, Czechoslovakia was absent from the later rounds of Münich Pact negotiations, just as Israel was not invited to the Geneva negotiations though it’s very future is at stake.”

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About Us – Cafe Con Leche Republicans is a national organization of Republicans who welcome “New Americans”, defined as immigrants and family of recent immigrants. Our mission is to make America and the GOP, more welcoming to “New Immigrants” through political activism, “in-reach” and education within the Republican Party, and lobbying government to adopt more immigrant friendly policies. We also seek to bring more conservative and moderate “New Americans” to the Republican Party. These efforts will strengthen the GOP, and lead more Republicans to embrace welcoming policies for immigrants and their families. We have members nationwide, with chapters in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Massachusetts, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and California. Our members and leadership are predominantly Hispanic, though we define ourselves by mission and guiding principles, not ethnicity, and we welcome all who share our goals. Our leadership is 100% Republican.

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