White House immigration meeting of amnesty all-stars: Obama, McCain, Graham, Cornyn, Gutierrez
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Yesterday, Barack Obama met with various members of Congress to discuss comprehensive immigration reform. His remarks are at , a list of attendees is at , and some quotes from attendees is at . Nothing very important appears to have happened or been said. Note also that before the meeting, Rahm Emanuel said, "If the votes were there [for amnesty], you wouldn't need to have the meeting. You could go to a roll call".
As before, Obama stressed his commitment to "reform" (i.e., amnesty) and made questionable statements:
DHS is already in the process of cracking down on unscrupulous employers, and, in collaboration with the Department of Labor, working to protect those workers from exploitation.
There hasn't exactly been a rash of high-profile prosecutions of employers, and, while protecting workers from being exploited shouldn't be an issue, what's important is what happens afterwards: instead of deporting those illegal aliens, the Obama administration gave some of them work permits.
Obama also stressed that those amnestied would pay taxes; that talking point is rather recent but it's been picked up by several.
And, he gave a shout-out to a very special person, someone seated directly next to him:
I want to especially commend John McCain, who's with me today, because along with folks like Lindsey Graham, he has already paid a significant political cost for doing the right thing. I stand with him...
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