Immigration: President Obama, In His Own Words


Former President Obama Repeatedly Said The President Cannot Unilaterally Rewrite The Nation’s Immigration Laws 

In May 2010, President Obama on changing immigration law without congressional approval: “Anybody who tells you it’s going to be easy or I can wave a magic wand and make it happen hasn’t been paying attention to how this town works.” 

In July 2010, President Obama, on ending deportations through executive action: “I believe such an indiscriminate approach would be both unwise and unfair. …This could lead to a surge in more illegal immigration.”

In October 2010, President Obama discussing unilateral immigration reforms: “I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” 

In March 2011, President Obama: “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case.” 

In April 2011, President Obama immigration reform: “I can’t do it by myself. We’re going to have to change the laws in Congress.” 

In May 2011, President Obama immigration reform: “And sometimes when I talk to immigration advocates, they wish I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how a democracy works.

In September 2011, President Obama on changing immigration laws through executive action: “I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true.”