During an interview with White House press secretary Josh Earnest, “Fox and Friends” host Elizabeth Hasslbeck asked him if President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty was taking his “executive pen” and “slapping it right across the face” of legal immigrants.
HASSELBECK: Undoubtably those who have come to this nation the legal way, this nation is better because we have immigrants who have come here legally, gone through an expensive and long process through our system. How is this better for them? Essentially, they’re saying today that the president is taking that executive pen and slapping it right across the face of the immigrants who worked hard and paid a lot of cash to get here the right way. What do you say to them? Because they want their money back and it’s offensive to them.
EARNEST: I think those people are proud to be Americans, and the fact of the matter is, the Senate legislation that was passed in bipartisan fashion would have actually made some progress in reforming our legal immigration system to make it a just a little bit easier and less onerous for people who are trying to come to this country. It also would have set up a path to citizenship for those people who are living in the shadows. What it would have done is it would have made those people pay taxes, it would have made them submit to a criminal background check, and also would have put them in the back of the line.