Texas AG Abbott: Obama Politicizes Border Safety

Wednesday, 11 May 2011 06:33 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says President Barack Obama has done nothing on immigration reform or border safety, and his visit Tuesday to the Lone Star State was just an attempt to woo Latino voters and appeal to his Democratic base before the 2012 election.
“The president is demagoguing this issue — he had a Democrat Congress, a Democrat Senate, and obviously, a Democrat president, for two years where he could really have done something on the immigration issue,” Abbott Tuesday told Fox News’ Martha McCallum. “And of course, he didn’t do anything on the issue.

“He waited until he began his campaign for re-election to come to Texas, to go to the border for the first time, to now begin to start saying, ‘Well, golly gee, we need to do something about the immigration issue,’” Abbott said. “It proves one thing, Martha, and that is Barack Obama doesn’t care about doing anything about the immigration issue, doesn’t care about doing anything about the border.

“He just cares about campaigning for re-election — he just left Austin, Texas, moments ago, where he came here to get $50,000 per couple,” he said. “He comes to Texas to drain our pockets of money, but doesn’t us help when we have fires burning hundreds of thousands of acres and doesn’t do anything to protect our security on the border.”

McCallum noted that the president’s support among Latino voters has considerably slipped since the 2008 election.

“The reality is the Hispanic voters in Texas and I believe across the country are fed up with Barack Obama’s false promises — he made certain promises during his campaign,” Abbott said. “In fact, in 2007, he promised that in his first year in office, he would ensure that an immigration reform law was passed. And of course, despite having a Democrat Congress, he didn’t do anything about it.

“But more importantly . . . and that is the people who suffer the first danger because of bullets flying across the border, quite literally, in El Paso, are members of the Hispanic community,” he said. “But secondly and more importantly, and that is, the Hispanic community, just like all Americans, care about one issue more than any other, and that is jobs. And Barack Obama has failed to deliver jobs. In fact, his regulation has crushed jobs across the country.”

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