Immigration reform is impossible for now because the Obama administration isn't even enforcing current immigration laws, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio says.
"You can't do immigration when you have an administration that doesn't respect the rule of law. It's that simple," Jordan told George Marlin, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"This administration, 11 months ago, when the sequester first kicked in, released 2,238 illegal aliens — eight of them … felons —and they did it because they were trying to prove that the sequester was going to be so bad."
"You cannot trust this administration. They haven't enforced the law and now we're supposed to work with them and actually resolve things? There's no way you can make that work."
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Jordan, a Republican, said that until a new president is elected and the GOP regains control of the Senate, a substantial immigration reform law can't happen.
"There's a few things that you should be able to do that we've done in the House, but the Senate and the president, they just want to do the comprehensive bill the Senate passed which is just a nonstarter and not what the American people want to see," Jordan said.
"[Obama] hasn't enforced the current immigration law, he hasn't enforced all of Obamacare … The president doesn't want to follow the law, he wants to do things his way, and that's tough to have a partnership with someone like that.''
Jordan, who represents the Buckeye State's Fourth Congressional District, said he wasn't surprised by the low number of viewers for the president's State of the Union address.
"It was more of the same. It was big government spending, big government regulation," he said.
"If more government and more government spending were going to get us out of this economic mess, we'd have been out of it a long time ago because that's all this administration has done for five years and so a lot of Americans just tuned it out."
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