Via Red State, here’s Senator Jon Kyle (R-AZ) recounting a recent meeting with Obama in the Oval Office:
“The problem is,” [Obama] said, “if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform.” In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it’s combined with comprehensive immigration reform.
Now, I explained, “You and I, Mr. President, have an obligation to secure the border…”
That’s why it isn’t being done: They frankly don’t want to do it. They want to get something in return for doing their duty.
As Allahpundit says:
What’s stunning is simply the fact that [Obama]’d be so candid, to a member of the opposition no less, in admitting his dereliction of duty. Sure, he could fulfill his constitutional responsibility and try to enforce federal law — but what good will that do him politically?
Obama swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. The rest of us are supposed to abide by the Constitution. Uhhhh, but guess what? He won. He gets to do whatever he wants. He gets to say whatever he wants, whenever he wants, to anybody he wants. He gets to openly tell people it’s his policy to violate his own oath of office, and then he gets to deny saying it. Don’t like it? Then here’s what you can do: