Tom Leppert Reviews Obama's Immigration Policy Speech Given in El Paso Tuesday

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Obama in El Paso on Tuesday
No doubt you're well aware that President Barack Obama was in El Paso yesterday, where he said that "genuine, comprehensive reform" was the only way to repair a "broken immigration system." In his speech, posted in its entirety to the White House website, Obama insisted his administration's doing what it can to keep people from entering the country illegally; he described "the real human toll" of a broken system; and he talked about stepping up patrols along the Texas-Mexico border and the increasing amount of drugs and gun seized by agents. And, he acknowledged, yes, more needs to be done. At which point he said that for some, though, there will never be enough:
We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we've done. But even though we've answered these concerns, I've got to say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.

You know, they said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now they're going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they'll want a higher fence. Maybe they'll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They'll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That's politics.
Which brings us to this: Tuesday evening, former Dallas mayor-turned-candidate for U.S. Senate Tom Leppert felt compelled to post his own response to the president's speech. Guess what -- he was not impressed.

Here's what Leppert had to say, from start to the bitter end:
"Washington has failed to secure our border, and violence continues here in Texas. Barack Obama visited the Lone Star State today claiming he has cracked down on the border, and he is pushing legislation that would give amnesty to many who broke the law and entered our country illegally.

"In Texas, we know Washington's failed policies will only encourage illegal immigration and make it more difficult to enforce the law. It is disappointing the Obama Administration has decreased the enforcement of our country's immigration laws and cancelled initiatives for new border protection technology.

"Texans support immigration -- legal immigration. Immigration has bestowed vast benefits on America in commerce, business and trade. But illegal immigration is a crisis for Texas and other border states, and Washington has refused to act. As President, Barack Obama has an obligation to enforce our nation's laws and keep us safe. Here on the southern border, we're still waiting for action."
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cash loans
cash loans

It’s not a secret that many Americans are out of work now. Home foreclosures are at record numbers. One million foreclosure filings by banks in December. I knew a drywall installer that was paid $12.50 per sheet by local builders but since 2006, illegals have flooded the construction job market and are being paid $4 per sheet cash, taking jobs away from construction workers that were paid $15 per hour. Good jobs. Companies like Swift, Chipolte, Target all had illegal workers making over $10 per hour until caught by e-verify fingerprint scanning. Most worked there for 5-9 years. When someone says illegal do work and Americans won't, that is totally false.

Larry Brown
Larry Brown

President Obama has told a recent closed door meeting at the White House of La Raza radicals he is committed to giving United States citizenship to 12-20 million "undocumented migrants"...a.k.a.  "Democrat voters in wating".  It seems the audacious amnesty dream of President Obama to fundamentally change the United States into a third world socialist nation depends on his "open borders/amnesty" immigration policy.

Rtgolden
Rtgolden

Perhaps, if we could get the liberal bedwetters and the conservative shysters to ALL shut up for 10 minutes and have an Intelligent, Moderate discussion, we could solve many of these vexing issues. Marijuana- it's here, it's staying, legalize it, tax it. Illegals- they're here, they're staying, teach them English, legalize them, tax them. Gay Marriage- they're here, they're staying, let them suffer a nagging spouse the way us straights suffer. The problem isn't politics, it's passion. People get passionate of stupid things, which produces stupid actions, like voting either Democrat or Republican. Better to think clearly, and vote Libertarian, or Green, or anything but those two.

Holybloke
Holybloke

No, the problem is money, not passion. Politicians want power to get money for their friends and themselves, so until you can shut the revolving door from politics to high priced lobbying contracts and other such shenanigans, we're stuck with these idiots like mayor tom

Guest
Guest

We might have more money to pay for increased border security if someone had paid better attention to the goings-on at Washington Mutual before they cost the taxpayers billions of dollars.

Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

I know whenever the President gives a national policy speech my first thought is - "What does Tom Leppert think about this?"

/sarcasm off

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

It would be interesting to hear what sort of objections/concerns Leppert 2.0 (the Senate candidate) has regarding Leppert 1.0 (the big spending, big government Mayor).

Catbird
Catbird

The system is broken because BHO and his democrat pals broke it and like it and fully intend to keep it that way to skew the demographics in their favor.

Don't like Leppert much but Roger Williams is a guy that's got my attention...he says he'll work to secure the border and repatriate the criminal aliens already here. Maby he will.

I'm starting to get excited about 2012!

Rod
Rod

Glad to know Obama has sealed the border and there is no more crime by illegals. He need to put up his "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner.

Howard
Howard

The most boldly opportunistic, self-centered mayor this city has ever had, and that says a lot.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Poor Tom. The more he talks, the less he says.

Montemalone
Montemalone

There's a very simple answer to the "problem" of illegal immigration.

Set up "Immigration Stations" in every city and town along the border, and charge a fee for each wannabe American that enters. Get fingerprints and photos, issue IDs and SS numbers, and get them in the system.

It has been my experience as a Realtor here in Dallas that many folks are here illegally, no green card, no social security number, yet they have jobs. That means they're getting paid as "contract labor" and mucho dollars that should be flowing into the IRS and FICA aren't being collected.

It makes much more sense to simply get all these people on the books. They're here, they've bought houses, they rent apartments, they use services, and they supply services. (How do you think all the lawns get mowed, dishes get washed, fruit gets picked, and cars get washed?)

One requirement, though. Leaf blowers are to be outlawed, and only rakes and brooms will be allowed. I'm fucking tired of coughing and sneezing from the crap those things stir up, the noise, and the fact that guys on one side of the street blow their crap to the other side, and then it gets blown, back, and ends up clogging the storm drains so when it rains the streets flood.

sick of corruption
sick of corruption

"Montemalone"  - - Easy to tell from your moniker that you would be in favor of issuing them SS numbers at the border.  Dude - they already steal them by the scores and make $$ free from that pesky tax consideration.  Then they can send the "stinkin' gringos' " money out of this country while they continue to suck social programs, funded by legitimate taxpayers, dry.  Our education, medical and welfare programs are drying up and like this once-great country - sinking fast.  Texas is just behind California and the illegal immigrants from Mexico have bankrupted that huge state.  Jesus - give them SS cards - can you even be serious?

Montemalone
Montemalone

 My "moniker" is the name of that cat in the picture. I'm a middle-aged white guy raised in Dallas. I've seen the change in demographics in this city. Fact is, the Feds don't want to stop immigration. Like I said, the answer is to get them on the books asap. I also said charge an entrance fee. They'd be happy to pay, as quite a few are already paying coyotes to smuggle them in. Why not collect that money ourselves.Immigrants that are on the books, we know who they are, where they're from, and have the ability to track them down if necessary, would go a long way towards reducing the burden on the rest of us. Employers would have to pay better wages, and make sure withholding and FICA taxes were paid. This country started with immigrants, and we've had wave after wave through the years. Might as well get used to the fact that the people from the south want to come here.

MattL1
MattL1

I'm with you here, especially when it comes to those damn leaf blowers. Not only do they stir up all that dust and shit (which sometimes finds its way into my open windows, screen be damned), but their operators often choose to operate them on Saturday mornings. I mean, I have a hangover I'm trying to deal with here. It's like they do it on purpose...

Texaspainter
Texaspainter

Don't count Skeletor out. If he's anything like North Dallas State Rep. Stefani Carter, he will

get in under everyone's noses. He could 'ho' himself into office.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I think Tom Leppert is a less than honest man, or to put it more bluntly he should shut the fuck up and suck my dick.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Jack, with or without his dentures ;)

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

OMG...if he can take his dentures out, then he may actually be worth something to somebody...someday.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I think I'd go straight before I let that vampire anywhere near my manhood.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Some where there must be a video or at least a photo of TOM in a Logotype T-Shirt saying the the opposite of what he said yesterday

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Ex-Mayor Scarecrow is a total jackass, he's only now showing his true colors. He wont get elected to congress, as he doesn't possess a lick of sense, not to mention burning his bridges with many of his constituency..

KSK
KSK

Go away, Tom.

Bob
Bob

As usual, Leppert makes broad statements w/o substance. Is he "comfortable with that'?

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

Just another move stolen from the Cornyn playbook. Wonder when TLep will wear the cowboy hat and chaps?

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