×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Skip to main content
Tags: Darrell Issa | Obama | immigration | action | poison

Darrell Issa: Obama's Plan Does Nothing for High-Skilled Immigrants

By    |   Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:15 PM EST

President Barack Obama promised in his immigration speech Thursday to make it easier for "high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy," but Rep. Darrell Issa said nothing in Obama's proposal would back that up.

Appearing on PBS "Newshour" special coverage just after the speech, the California Republican held up a thick ream of paper containing a bill that would allow high-tech workers to more easily enter the country.

Nothing Obama said about deferring the deportations of up to 5 million illegal immigrants would do anything to address those high-skilled needs, Issa said.

Obama said his plan applied only to people who had been in the country at least five years, passed criminal background checks and have children who are either American citizens or who are in the country legally.

"There's nothing he can do for them if they don't fit his criteria," Issa told PBS.

High-skilled workers could be brought in much more easily if the Senate would take up HR 2131, The SKILLS Visa Act,  which already has passed the House, he added.

Issa reiterated other Republicans' warnings that his executive action only poisons the well for future negotiations on immigration and other issues.

"If the president had said, I'll waive amnesty, let's negotiate a comprehensive or piecemeal … bill, he could have negotiated some of these points into a good piece of legislation," Issa said. "He's souring a relationship that (Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell and (House) Speaker (John) Boehner should and want to have."

Anchor Judy Woodruff asked whether some of Obama's other plans, such as increasing resources on the southern border, would be an area of agreement with Republicans.

"You don't sink a ship and then talk about patching the hull," Issa replied.\


© 2023 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


Headline
President Barack Obama promised in his immigration speech Thursday to make it easier for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, but Rep. Darrell Issa said nothing in Obama's proposal would back that up. Appearing on...
Darrell Issa, Obama, immigration, action, poison
292
2014-15-20
Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:15 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved