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D'Souza: Obama Exploits America's Decency for Political Gain

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Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 11:03 PM

By Todd Beamon

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza says the illegal immigration crisis as an example of how the Obama administration is exploiting American good will for political gain.

"Our political leadership has been signaling that it's not serious about locking the border, and moreover it wants to give amnesty to lawbreakers in the country," D'Souza, who served in the Reagan White House, told former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on his Fox News program on Saturday night.

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"So, pretty soon, the word gets out down there that if you show up with kids with outstretched arms, this is a country that's decent, that has people with compassion, it's going to be hard for them to say no," he continued. "So, I fear — I fear — that the Obama administration is exploiting the decency and good will of the American people in order to make a political point."

Obama has said that he will take executive action to solve the crisis created by more than 63,000 illegal minors who have been apprehended at the U.S. border since Oct. 1, but reports surfaced on Saturday that he may push those moves back until after the November congressional elections.

The White House may delay the action because it could endanger the Democrats' chances of holding onto the Senate. Democrats seeking re-election in Alaska, Arkansas, New Hampshire, and North Carolina have contended that Congress, not Obama, should address immigration.

D'Souza, 53, is the writer and director of "2016: Obama's America," the second-highest grossing political documentary on record. Last month, he released "America: Imagine a World Without Her." He has long been a critic of President Obama.

In May, D'Souza pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud for exceeding donor limits in 2012.

He sought to get others to make contributions under their own names, with him reimbursing them, to the New York state Senate campaign of Wendy Long after his own contributions exceeded limits.

Born in India, D'Souza came to the U.S. as an exchange student. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1983 and became a naturalized citizen in 1991.

He told Huckabee that he has "nothing but compassion" for those who want to come to the U.S., but that he would tell them that "there is a process."

"We are a generous country," he added. "We let in about 800,000 to a million people legally every year.

"I understand your plight. There's a line and there's a process," D'Souza said. "Follow the process, and you'll become a citizen."

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