Fox News Channel’s chief White House correspondent Ed Henry blasted Team Obama’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest Monday over the Democrats’ inability to fix America’s broken immigration system when their party controlled both the US House and Senate.
“The President vowed back in 2008, ‘by the end of my first year in office, we’ll pass comprehensive immigration reform,'” Henry said. “That was his promise.”
“They failed to act for two years,” Henry said of Democrats, asking why Obama didn’t “do anything then?”
“I will say a couple of things about that, Ed,” Earnest replied. “The first is that at the time, if you can recall back in 2009, there were many things on the president’s plate.”
“Same as there are now,” Henry interjected. “Israel, Gaza, Syria, the economy; there’s a lot going on now, right?”
“He does,” Earnest said. “But I think the crisis that we faced in 2009 as it related to our financial system and our economy hemorrhaging jobs, that was understandably the focal point of Congressional activity, but also of a lot of activity here at the White House.”
“There’s no doubt that we would have liked to have seen immigration reform get down years ago,” Earnest added. “That’s also something that is shared by Democrats and Republicans. All the more reason that it is completely unreasonable for House Republicans to continue to block commonsense reforms that have strong bipartisan support all across the country.”
Not letting Earnest off the hook easily, Ed Henry doubled down, saying “You had the House, the Senate, and the White House in 2009 and in 2010, why didn’t you focus on solving immigration problems then?”
“And the point is Ed, is that there were a lot of other crises that the president was focusing on at that point,” Earnest repeated. “And what we’re focused on now is trying to find commonsense solutions, bipartisan solutions, to a problem that a wide variety of Americans acknowledge exists in at this point.”
The latest Associated Press/GFK poll finds that nearly 70% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the immigration and border crises.
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