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Karl Rove: Obama Broke 2006 Promise to Back Immigration Reform

By    |   Monday, 17 Nov 2014 09:39 PM

President Barack Obama's current frustration with Congress for refusing to pass comprehensive immigration reform sounds a bit hollow after he backed out of supporting similar reform in 2006, says Republican operative Karl Rove.

On Monday's "O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel, Rove spoke of how he was in the Cabinet room as an adviser to President George W. Bush in 2006 when Bush was pushing support of an immigration bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy and Republican Sen. John McCain.

Obama, as a rising star in the Democratic Party, was there too.

After a discussion, Bush went around the room and asked for responses.

"Then-Sen. Obama thanked him for tackling this issue and said, 'Count on me, I'll be a supporter of it,'" Rove said. "And he was for a year-and-a-half," Rove said, aside from a "minor question" at one point about how it would affect a certain Chicago company.

Then, without telling Bush, Kennedy or McCain, Obama showed up on the Senate floor and voted for a series of "killer amendments" offered primarily by Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota that would gut the guest-worker program to aid the AFL-CIO and other trade unions, Rove said.

The bill passed, but the Senate and House were unable to iron out differences in conference committee.

The guest-worker program was essential to gaining support, along with securing the border and resolving the status of people who were in the country illegally, Rove said.

Now Obama is threatening to take executive action to confer legal status on up to 5 million illegal immigrants because he says he is tired of waiting for Congress to pass legislation.

Obama initially indicated he would sign the order in late summer, but he waited until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections after Democrats pressured him to refrain in order to improve their chances at the polls.

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