White House Call Logs Show Lack of Transparency on Amnesty Announcement

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“There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.”
President Barack Obama, Grant Park speech election night 2008

New details have emerged about a series of White House conference calls held leading up to the nearly clandestine announcement expanding prosecutorial discretion for non-criminal illegal aliens.

While Republican Members of Congress, immigration enforcement groups and much of the media were kept in the dark about the announcement until a message was posted on the White House website, the Administration held a series of phone conferences with amnesty advocates before making the official policy announcement. (click here to view the list of participants)

Following initial calls with the staff of congressional DREAM Act supporters, the White House held a conference call open only to amnesty supporters. Those groups invited and/or participating included: the AFL-CIO, SEIU, America’s Voice, Voto Latino, MALDEF, and NCLR.

According to the records available, not one dissenting organization or Member of Congress was included or consulted during the roll out of the outrageous new policy. Additionally, only Hispanic media were invited to the initial background conference call on the announcement.

The secretive nature of the announcement and accompanying calls highlight the dangerous tactics of the Obama Administration. If the Administration is unwilling to make even the list of participants on a conference call public, let alone the content of what is discussed, how can their policies or reassurances that immigration laws are being enforced ever be trusted?

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34 Comments

  1. avatar

    How long will the American people put up with how government has deeived its citizens. The lies and half truths.

    There is little doubt that the Republican for of government which was created over two hundred years ago to serve our states and their people, has been seriously compromised. Both prties are to blame.. When people loose their liberties to tyranny they react predictably in reclaiming their freedom.

    We must withdraw any political and moral allegiance we have to that oppressive government. We must reduce its power by diminishing the size and scope of its influence over our lives. Restore indivdual liberties, stop infltion and eliminate those functions the government now carries on in violation of the Constitution

  2. avatar

    WE MUST GET THESE PEOPLE STOPPED NOW!! GEORGE SOROS IS BEHIND MOST OF WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY AND IT WILL CONTINUE AS LONG AS HIS “PUPPETS” ARE IN OFFICE.
    FORGET BERRY SOBOTO (AKA BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA) BIRTH CIRTIFICATE LETS SEE HIS PASSPORT!
    HOW DID HE GET ALL AROUND THE WORLD AND, ESPECIALLY PAKISTAN IN 1981, ON A U.S. PASSPORT AS THERE WAS A NO FLY TO PAKISTAN IN 1981 SO HE COULDN’T HAVE BEEN TRAVLING ON A U.S. PASSPORT!
    WHAT PASSPORT DID HE USE? BRITISH (AS KENYA WAS A BRITISH COLONY THEN ) OR AN INDONESIA ONE AS HE WAS ADOPED BY HIS SOBOTO STEPFATHER SO HE WOULD HAVE HAD A INDONESIA PASSPORT!
    HE WASN’T A LAWYER, LET ALONE A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ONE, AND WHY ARE HIS COLLEGE TRANSSCRIPTS SEALED? G.W.B. WERE NOT SO WHY ARE OBAMA’S?? NOT BECAUSE HE LIED SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY COULS IT BE? HE IS SUCH A PHONY AND HIS STAFF AND BUDDIES ARE ALL PHONIES TOO! WE NEED TO GET RID OF THEM ASAP!!!
    WE ARE BEING SET UP!!!

  3. avatar

    Two of Obama’s principal immigration advisors are as slimy as the President regarding illegal immigration.

    Cecilia Munoz, a vice president for policy at the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights organization, who for years flooded the media waves with false & hateful smears that anti-illegal immigration groups were “hate groups that promoted hatred and bigotry.” In spite of the facts, Ms. Munoz repeated sermonized that crossing the U.S. border illegally was a civil offense, not a criminal one. She steadfastly refused to acknowledge that Title 8, Section 1325 of the U.S. Code clearly states that illegal entry into the United States is a misdemeanor on the first offense, and a felony afterward. Munoz believes that America needs millions of unskilled illegal foreigners, and that they “pay their way”.

    Then there’s Hilda Solis, Obama’s Secretary of Labor. Solis represented my district in the California State Assembly. At a local Latino voter registration event many years ago, Solis asserted that “We are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not.” While Solis was in Congress, she opposed strengthening the border fence, supported driver’s licenses for illegals, embraced sanctuary cities, and vigorously championed mass amnesty for illegal immigrants.

    Amazing & pathetic, that Obams’a key illegal immigration advisor, and the official in charge of enforcing the nation’s employment laws don’t seem to give a hoot about our immigration laws — or about the fundamental distinction between those who followed the rules in pursuit of the American dream and those who didn’t.

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    Robin Hvidston on

    The fact that Obama is meeting with special interest groups and THEN goes forward on their mission to circumvent the law is reprehensible and shows how Obama disrespects the law and our congress. I have never been for the impeaching of president before but NOW I believe Obama should be impeached.

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    Sounds to me like many of these ‘comments’ are from Move on.org, Media Matters, & all the rest of the George Soros affiliates that monitor FAIR & the rest of the Conservative publications & groups. Corrupt Chicago’s shifty Obama is at again.

  6. avatar

    Karen, you have to make yourself more marketable and maybe illegals won’t take your job!!!

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      Max,

      If they came here legally and could do a better job than i could, then I’m all for it let them have my job, but if they are here illegally and can not do it any better than i can but they will work under the table or for less money than the market average then that is distructive to our society

  7. avatar

    Well, let’s see. Throughout history when the Irish, German and many other countries came to the United States before and after the great depression, did they come here LEGALLY? Of course not. They came here ILLEGALLY like many that are doing it today. Just for the record, my parents came here legally to the US and eventually became citizens. And how do you know that illegals don’t pay taxes?? If you do a little bit of research, you will know that many illegals pay taxes and contribute to this country and never reap the benefits. Do your homework before you point fingers.

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      Max,
      I’d like to know how your family came here illegally? Ellis Island was always strict, if your were sick or has a disease you were sent home. There were quotas from each country because even in those days the government knew you can’t bring millions of people from one country all at once. The immigrants came here not just for money and what they could get out of the citizens of the USA. They wanted to be an American, learned English, flew the American flag and took nothing from their adopted country. They worked in the coal mines, the factories, the steel mills and gave their talents back asking nothing.

      However, the illegals demand rights that are theirs. They wave the Mexican flag and scream that this country is really theirs. Hundreds of years ago they passed through the southwest.. America bought land from other countries, France, Spain, Russia or attained land through war. This is NOT their land! If the illegals want a better life, protest in your country and leave ours alone!

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      Ana Zuniga-Maus on

      You are wrong and I can prove it. My grand parents came from Spain in the early 1900s LEGALLY, I have the original documents to prove it, My husband grand parents came from Germany in the late 1800s LEGALLY and we have the original papers to prove it also, so no, you are wrong, the immigrants of the past were people of principles and they did things right, not like the wave of illegal immigrants we get today.

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      Ana Zuniga-Maus on

      You are also wrong about the taxes they pay and that is a fact. I also were not born in America, I was born in Latin America, my grand parents came here legally, as I said before, my mother was born in Arizona, and even do my mother was an American, I have to go in big lines at my country of birth, to get the proper papers to come here. and I have no sympathy for those who choose to break our laws and come illegally. As to the taxes they pay, they know ahead of time that they will not be able to get that money back, or at least some of it, because this government give them special refunds or credits, so what they do is they claim as many dependents as they could, to limit what is taken off from their checks and there for pay very little and get a lot more from free services, with OUR tax money. That is the true, and if you claim different, I really don’t know where you have been living.
      I move between the two cultures, I am fluent in the Spanish language and I know the true behind this problem.

  8. avatar

    I am a native American, look what you and the illegals have done to this country! I will at least stand by those that have made the effort and shown the respect to come here legally, but for those that come illegally, and protest for their rights, they should be subjected to the same immigration laws and penalties that their countries have in place. After all we don’t seem to have any inforceable immigration laws at all. As for all you whites-look at what your government has done to this country, bunch of crooks. No morals, no spirt.

  9. avatar

    Mike S.
    If you’re sooo worried about illegals getting your job? How about you go to school, get a degree, better yourself and get a decent job instead of claiming unemployment and milking our funds. Illegals dont have it that easy so stop complaining.

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      Karen Holsopple on

      Max, what about those of us who HAVE degrees but can’t get a job because we don’t speak SPANISH!!!! HOW is THAT legal????? We are catering to these illegal invaders who are working under the table, not paying taxes, getting FREE government benefits and stealing us blind! Illegals have it a HELLUVA lot easier here than they did in mexico! AND they’re sending 3/4’s of OUR money they DO make and send it back home to build brand new houses, buy new cars and live high on the hog on OUR dime! Wake the hell up!!!

  10. avatar

    What are you all talking about?! Our country was formed by illegal aliens. Are forefathers were illegals too. And thru time many people opposed amnesty. if it wasn’t for amnesty we wouldn’t be the country we are today. Will the real Americans please stand up?! Wait!! You’re not a true Americans. Only the natives can so rest of you need to sit your butt down.

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      Nice diversion Max, have a problem not dealing with the issue at hand but instead blaming others? Are you one of those self hating jews?

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      Karen Holsopple on

      Everyone knows this country is built on immigrants….no one disputes that….the problem some of us have is when ILLEGAL INVADERS (for you who can’t pull your heads out of the sand to be able to understand this, they don’t do it LEGALLY!!!) come here, BUY fake ID’s, take our jobs (because they don’t care about working legally and having to pay taxes, insurance, etc.), get women pregnant so they can get foodstamps, medicaid and WIC and send 3/4’s of their ‘hard earned money’ back to mexico. DO IT LEGALLY!!!!! PERIOD! It does NOT cost THAT much…but they ARE required to learn OUR language!

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    Non-criminal illegal aliens? Now, that’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one. To obtain jobs, illegals give fake names, false documents, stolen ID/SS numbers – felonies, one and all. Did I not get the memo that felonies are no longer considered crminal? Really? I’m off to the nearest convenience store. Guess when I ask the employer to give me all the money in the till, that wll be no big deal and then I’m outta there to try my luck at the nearest new car dealership.

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    robert marks jr on

    hes doing this now at election time what do you think hes going to do if he wins again , god help us it wont be long he will come after our guns , this is all about votes , ruin america and americans for his votes , he must have big plans if he gets in again , how can any american vote for this commie again

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    mike schaeffer on

    It just goes to show are president is for everyone but Americans.Our for-fathers faught wars and died for our Country so we could live in peace and have jobs for our kids and grand-kids and for any American who wants to work.Our president seems to reward bad behavior not only did he bail out the banks and auto industries for doing making bad decisions and lining there pockets in the meantime(I wish I could run my business into the ground and get bailed out I’m sure every American would have loved to have had that money in our pockets instead) Obama is a joke and has us headed for disaster.Take the illegals for instance if any American was stealing from our government as they are we would be in prison for it RIGHT! But the illegals get Amnesty for stealing from our government and taking American jobs away! REALLY!! And the president wonders why there is no jobs,the 15 to 30 million illegals have them and I want them back.

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      That’s what I’m been saying for the last ten yrs. Especially in California when Pete Wilson was governor and 60 percent voted that no social services or anything for illegal aliens was passed. Then somehow mysteriously overturned by the illegal alien lawyers who paid a judge to say it was unconstitutional. Since when does the constition condone criminal activity.

  14. avatar

    Fellas, we either WIN or **** TOGETHER! We might as well be ready to die protecting our freedoms,
    than live a SLOW death by REGIMENTATION! Whether we like it or not, we
    may be reaching that point. ENOUGH is really ENOUGH! Obama, our “Corruptor-In-Chief” NEEDS to be IMPEACHED, NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS! We MUST Keep The Faith! GOD remains IN
    CONTROL and HE is ABLE!!!

  15. avatar

    Gee, you aren’t trying to tell us that the Barry Hussein Soetoro Regime was collaborating in secret with a bunch of racists and radicals? If that were true, surely we would have heard about it via the Lame Stream Media, right?

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      Silvina Castillo on

      @Viva Gee, we aren’t trying to imply that Barry was collaborating with trash, but he said it himself in the books he “wrote.” You might want to go peruse them. As to the LSM, why would they want people to know the truth about Barry? He would have lost then…..

  16. avatar

    I wish you all the luck but I’m afraid the deck is stacked against law, order, and freedom.

    When I started looking into where the money was coming from to buy off the politicians and subvert the immigration laws of the world, I came across what may be the root of many of our problems. Fiat Money.

    No matter how much real money people can put together to build their countries the way they want there are those that can print up what ever it takes to dictate their way.

    Maybe this will help make the danger of fiat money clear.

    Imagine you and me are setting across from each other. We create enough money to represent all of the world’s wealth. Each one of us has one SUPER Dollar in front of him.

    You own half of everything and so do I.

    I’m the government though. I get bribed into creating a Central Bank.

    You’re not doing what I want you to be doing so I print up myself eight more SUPER Dollars to manipulate you with.

    All of a sudden your SUPER Dollar only represents one tenth of the wealth of the world!

    That isn’t the only thing though. You need to get busy and get to work because YOU’VE BEEN STIFFED with the bill for the money I PRINTED UP to get YOU TO DO what I WANTED.

    That to me represents what has been happening to the economy, and us, and why so many of our occupations just can’t keep up with the fake money presses.

    • avatar

      “and we know that government can’t solve every problem.”
      Such is the wisdom of Barack.
      Just what is it that government CAN solve? Who, besides
      Marx and Keynes presumes that government is a problem
      solver, at ANYTHING? Perhaps furnishing answers on how
      to preclude discretion about one’s discretionary spending?

  17. avatar

    The cancerous power of bellowing Mexicans and their organizations THE RACE, MALDEF, and CHICANOS POR LAS CAUSA have finally breached the integrity of the oval office, as the rebels have taken Tripoli. The father of illegal immigration, George W. Bush, spent eight solid years creating a monster that now marches in our streets on a daily basis. Any candidate for political office who wants to crush this takeover must temper their words or be chastized across the pro-illegal media. American citizens are running in circles, blasting a liberal in the White House for siding with criminals, then bolstering the numbers of another amnesty-driven Bush-a-like candidate. If any “system” is broken, it is the political system. Speeches, campaigns, elections, and voting will not put a dent in the transformation of America into Mexico. It is going to take strong, unyielding, and even violent action. As Americans watch the country die in slow motion, the question arises: is it too late?

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      By “Bush-look-alike candidate” I presume you’re referring to Tricky Ricky, the former[?] Democrat who positively loves illegal aliens. But, nearly anyone who’s announced for the GOP nomination would pretty much fit the general description…aka RINO!

  18. avatar

    They are trying to push us into revolution, there is no other explanation for this outright treason. and It is sure treason.

    Keep your powder dry!

    Where the hell are the worthless, spineless Republicans? Where? Where? Where?

  19. avatar

    We must not let this rogue, anti-American-worker administration sweep this under the rug.

    Obama is hoping that Americans will forget about this by November 2012. We must keep this lawless action in the news, and press the GOP candidates to take a stand on this.

    And as much as I hate to engage in racial/ethnic identity group politics, (but since Obama clearly is), it’s no wonder why Obama’s support amongst white working class voters is tanking.

    Obama has clearly chosen illegal aliens over unemployed working class Americans of all colors.

  20. avatar

    What a crock (Grant Park speech 2008) from this supposed president of the U.S. This so-called President, along with the spineless & one-way organizations he included in this secretive meeting, is an utter disgrace to every American citizen. If this is not a call to IMPEACH OBAMA NOW, and end all funding to these hypocritical & biased organizations, there will be no justice in America period!

  21. avatar

    I SURE WISH OUR SO CALLED PREZ. WORRIED ABOUT US, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AS MUCH AS HE CARED ABOUT HIMSELF. HE DIDN’T TAKE THIS JOB TO LOOK OUT FOR OUR COUNTRY, HE TOOK THIS JOB TO LOOK OUT FOR HIMSELF AND HIS BUDDIES. LIKE A BULLY MOVING INTO YOUR ROOM, KNOCKIN’ DOWN YOUR LEGOS N TOYS N REARANGING N USEING YOUR LEGOS TO BULID WHAT HE WANTS. HE HAS TO GO ASAP.