By failing to enforce current immigration laws, President Barack Obama is employing a deliberate strategy to make the GOP "unacceptable to Latinos," political strategist Dick Morris said on Newsmax TV
’s "America’s Forum."
Obama’s end game, thus far successful, according to Morris, is to create such a partisan divide that a legislative consensus is impossible. While Obama won’t have the legal authority to grant amnesty by executive order, he can use that route to end deportations, resulting in "de facto legal status," Morris said.
This "executive order strategy" would help win Hispanic votes in an off-year election, Morris said.
According to Morris, Obama could have worked with Republicans to seal the border and allow immigrants who are in the country to receive legal work status but not a path to citizenship.
"Obama hated that idea because his goal is not to give legal status, it's to get them to vote so that they can vote Democratic forever," Morris said. "He was afraid of that."
By halting deportations, Obama has alienated Republicans so thoroughly that they won’t compromise on immigration reform, clearing the way for the president to issue an executive order that will ingratiate him, and Democrats, to Hispanics, Morris said.
"So by taking these executive actions, on the one hand, he appeases the Latino community and wins their votes and on the other hand he makes a solution impossible unless it's on his terms, which includes citizenship and the vote."
Obama recognized there was a "danger of compromise" and had that happened, illegal Hispanics would not have the ability to vote, Morris said. "He couldn’t let that happen."
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, whose primary upset loss in Virginia’s 7th District to tea party candidate Dave Brat has killed any chance of immigration reform this session, he added.
Many viewed Cantor as wishy-washy on immigration by claiming to oppose legal status for illegal immigrants while also working on comprehensive immigration reform viewed by some conservatives as pro-amnesty.
Cantor "is the first casualty of a deliberate strategy by Obama that is working very well," Morris said. "Every Republican got the message that this is now the third rail and if they touch it, they’ll be dead."
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