You know the routine Republican party line on immigration reform is that we can’t pass reform because we “can’t trust the president” to enforce the law.
Republicans have previously cited the Department of Homeland Security’s re-prioritizing of deportations to protect certain groups of people, mainly children and families, but today they have a new example.
“The president continues to ignore laws that he signed into law, violating his oath of office,” Boehner said during a press conference. “He did it again with the release of these Taliban Five and I reminded the president again yesterday that every time he does this, it makes it harder to gain the trust of our members to do the big things that need to be done around here.”
We can’t pass immigration reform because the president exchanged a group of prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Pardon my French, but that’s pretty fuckin’ weak.
The subtext is that you can’t trust the president under any circumstances. The reason you can’t trust him appears to be interchangeable. But let’s allow it to sink in, for a moment, that the speaker of the House says you can’t trust the president of the United States because he took the necessary steps to secure the release of an American prisoner of war.
I’d call that unprecedented.