Following President Obama‘s new immigration policy announcement, former George W. Bush administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzales voiced some concern about the means through which the president accomplished his goal. In issuing an executive order, he said, Obama may have violated his oath of office.
“To halt through executive order the deportation of some undocumented immigrants looks like a political calculation to win Hispanic votes,” Gonzales said at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference on Saturday, “and subjects him to criticism that he is violating his oath of office by selectively failing to enforce the law.”
Gonzales went on to say he does support “providing help to qualified children of immigrants,” but that Obama’s policy falls short in other respects:
The president’s new policy does nothing to secure our borders or require greater workplace enforcement nor deal with visa overstayers nor deal with the millions of undocumented immigrants who entered this country as adults.
Asked by TPM about whether Mitt Romney, as president, should hypothetically keep the policy intact, Gonzales evaded a direct answer.
“I’m already on record supporting helping these kids,” he said. “We need to provide some kind of help for these kids,” he told another reporter.
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