President Obama tried to turn around accusations from amnesty advocates who called him the "deporter-in-chief" by claiming he is the "champion-in-chief" for a comprehensive amnesty. However, his remarks did not dissuade more pro-amnesty politicians from joining the chorus calling for an end to deportations.

At a meeting today, opponents of Obama’s deportation policies asked him a series of difficult questions. In response, he said, "Since I ran for president, I've pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, and I will continue to push. I am the champion-in-chief of comprehensive immigration reform. But until Congress passes new laws, I am constrained in what I am able to do."

When a participant suggested that his reputation has been "tarnished" by the deportations, Obama said, "I would challenge the premise. I think the community understands that I've got their back and I'm fighting for them. Does that mean there will not be some frustrations? Of course not. But that's true of everybody in the population. If something goes wrong, they say, 'Why hasn't Obama done something on that?...The reason you have deportations taking place is that Congress says you have to enforce these laws. I cannot ignore those laws any more than I can ignore any other laws on the books."

Obama’s remarks were not welcome news for Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who today issued a statement to the Capitol Hill newspaper Politico saying, “We remain focused on passing a balanced immigration bill that secures our borders and fixes a broken system. But if the House recesses in September without passing immigration reform, in October the administration should stop deporting hard-working and law-abiding people who would be covered by the Senate bill.”

Yesterday Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told reporters that he has been urging Homeland Security officials to reduce the number of deportations. Like Schumer, Durbin suggested using as criteria the eligibility requirements under the Senate-passed comprehensive amnesty. “If we’re dealing with strictly technical violations of immigration law, I don’t believe they should be deported,” Durbin said. “If there’s a criminal record, it’s totally different.”

Also Wednesday, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., told the Administration to suspend “needless” deportations. “While we continue waiting for the House of Representatives to wake up and move on immigration reform legislation, I urge the president to take action today and halt needless deportations that are splitting apart our families and communities,” Menendez said. “The current deportation apparatus is an outrage, and it’s a tragedy.”

Pro-amnesty groups are gearing up for a series of events in the coming weeks culminating in a national “day of action” on April 5th. The goal is to bring attention to the number of deportations and demand relief from Obama. They claim Obama will have deported his 2-millionth illegal alien by that point so the event themed "two million too many."

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William 6898 of AZ's picture
I believe the term "traitor-in-chief is much more fitting! He STILL doesn't understand that illegal means ILLEGAL!
Brett 6588 of CA's picture
Considering 2 of his relatives had been hiding in the country illegally before he was elected , is it a surprise?
Terri 9170 of IL's picture
Yes, he said "the Latino community knows I've got their backs" Stupid Idiot. My theory is he coordinated this whole stunt with La Raza so he could hold a presser and blame Congress for not passing CIR. He's desperate. He needs to realize it's not the Republicans in the House who are keeping S 744 from passing, it's The American People, you know, that persecuted group he's supposed to represent. This man is reprehensible.
Terri 9170 of IL's picture
I noticed both Republican Senatorial candidates in IL support amnesty.
Thomas 2924 of IN's picture
The Center for Immigration Studies has found that Obama is deporting fewer people than any administration since Richard Nixon. Taken together, Obama's piecemeal decrees of the last few years have protected from deportation 90% of illegal aliens. Virtually the only ones still being deported are serious criminals. All this wailing about unnecessary deportations and broken families is just political pandering.
Thomas 2924 of IN's picture
Actually it's more political theater than pandering. By claiming massive deportations Obama protects the Democratic Party on the Right. By letting Democrats whine about the terrible deportations, and saying that Congress is to blame, he paints the Republicans as inhuman. None of this is for Hispanic consumption. They know that deportations have virtually ended.
Mike 1111 of CO's picture
Some of us who are 50+ stopped Obama on Chain CPI Social Security this week. Through AARP, we sent about 100 million faxes and made about 1 million phone calls, mostly to Congress in the past week or so, and Chain CPI is gone for at least another year. WE CAN BEAT OBAMA ON AMNESTY, TOO. Let's keep up the fight; our country is worth it.
Mike 1111 of CO's picture
Let's all keep pushing: NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY. This is all we need for a few years. You'll see the problem get smaller all by itself.
Lechelle 5846 of CO's picture
Good news and a great job on the part of all of you who faxed and called your Congress members.
Debra 1781 of AZ's picture
Remember when Wilson called Obama a Liar? "You lie!" he yelled, when the President said the Obamacare legislation would not include or allow coverage for illegal aliens. Wilson wasn't wrong........Oregon enrolled nearly 4,000. and that's just Oregon today it's happening all over the country. "What a slap in the face to the millions of law-abiding Americans who have lost their health care coverage and work hours thanks to Democratic-sponsored federal health care regulatory burdens and mandate costs?" http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20140306/OPINION01/303060037/Inev...
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Caroline 7445 of CO's picture
Wilson was coerced to apologize to Obama. Considering Wilson was right, Obama should apologize to Wilson.
Gary 3222 of AL's picture
Time for impeachment and removal of this crook for violating Article 2 Section 3 U.S Constitution the last sentence " He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed."
Gary 3222 of AL's picture
Title 8 Section 1324 U.S. code "aiding,abetting,encouraging,harboring,transporting and hiring illegal is a felony." The RICO Statues apply when two or more of the laws are broken.
Philip 5927 of AZ's picture
That's absolutely false what Bob Menendez said about needless deportations. In fact, the foreign lawbreakers are splitting their own families. The deportation has to do nothing with it. Yes, they started to make trouble because they don't obey the law in the first place. These lawbreakers are not immigrants. They are really the great invasion force!
Dave 362 of WI's picture
"Liar-in-Chief" is a more accurate title for Obama. He says he's bound by the Constitution to enforce our immigration laws but he uses "prosecutorial discretion" to circumvent them. But we shouldn't be surprised by anything this man does because when it comes to audacity, this man wrote the book, didn't he?
Robin 6665 of CA's picture
We had a president who has the back of illegal aliens? Such incredible and bold lawlessness! I understand completely the Impeach Obama movement in this country when he is so bold about breaking US laws!
James 7427 of KS's picture
How can they expect us to believe that laws would be enforced after an amnesty if they themselves are calling for them to be unconstitutionally suspended if they don't get their amnesty? The American people would have to be fools to fall for this again. Enforcement was promised in 1986, and it is long past time they live up to their end of the bargain.
Florence 0183 of NJ's picture
have you heard that illegals are getting our medicare to go along with our social security, supposedly the medicare was given to illegals "by mistake", while signing them up for obamacare, the healthcare program that the liar in chief said they would not be eligible for...
Regina 9056 of NC's picture
Anti-American Worker In Chief? Anti-American Citizen In Chief? One of those two might suit the deal.
Terri 9170 of IL's picture
I've lived through many administrations and I've never seen A president who was such a blatant, unconscionable liar as Obama.
Albert 3441 of PA's picture
This Con Man-in-Chief is not even a very convincing liar. Let's hope that America's first affirmative action president is also its last.
Albert 3441 of PA's picture
If an infantry company commander, whose perimeter was breached by enemy troops and who made no effort to seal the penetration or to expel the infiltrators, were to report to his battalion commander that his perimeter was “more secure than ever”, he would – at the minimum – be relieved of his command and would likely face a courts martial. A fine example our commander-in-chief is setting for his troops.
Pam 9839 of NJ's picture
I would call the president a hypocrite. He defends Ukraine's sovereignty yet ignores our own. Despite the economy and many US citizens under and unemployed, healthcare an unfinished 'problem', he made amnesty his highest priority for his 2nd term. He has proven that he can't be trusted with his repeated lies. He can't be trusted on this.
Mike 1111 of CO's picture
Amnesty makes no sense whatsoever. If they offer Amnesty, we're sure the Illegals will take it. But, how do you then prevent EVEN MORE Illegals from trying to sneak in ??? Just don't do it. Before we do anything else, we need NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY. This will remove the 'magnet' of money that is attracting the Illegals. We need to fight on.
Florence 0183 of NJ's picture
Obama brought in Hispanics under reunification last year and they all looked Hispanic and up in age, first thing I fhought was there goes our social security...I wish for him and his family all that he is doing to us
Ronald 0677 of GA's picture
what do you not understand ILLEGAL are not over the Law of this fair Land and never will
Gary 3222 of AL's picture
The democrats need the votes from illegals in 2014 and 2016 to push their liberal agenda folks that's why their pushing amnesty.
Caroline 7445 of CO's picture
"We're going to make sure that President Obama knows that the Latino community is no longer going to be fooled by more promises," one protestor added. Really. Our govt has allowed these people to make fools of us and our nation.
Aaron 8129 of ID's picture
Sorry if I haven't said this earlier this week everyone. On Wednesday I was "let go" from my job at Ace Hardware in my town. I'm now part of the millions of unemployed Americans. I'm going to be going down the dept of labor to apply for unemployment in a few days. I'm also thinking of applying for food stamps as well. My employer said that I wasn't busy enough and they had to let me go. Yet they hired a Full time Hispanic about 2 weeks ago! The business is hurting so my father said that I was a "sacrificial lamb" to let go. I was only working 12 measly hours a week!! I still have my 401K that I started with them though. I think that all of my old co-workers are even now on pins and needles even more. They did let me go approx 2 week from my yearly evaluation. I posted about it in one of the other threads on the website. I was with the company for 5 -10 years. My father is still working for them in a nearby town. Life hasn't been that great tome the last year. First I get my hours and pay cut at my now former job. Then my mother died last November. Then I had my hours cut at work shortly before that! And to top it all off I got cut from Social Security because of my job!! I'm being penalized while millions of illegals get Social Security ! I have Ashberger's Syndrome, and have fought cancer twice( testicular and it moved to my head) and have a hip replaced!! Jobs for me aren't easy to find!! Sorry this long but I needed to vent and update everyone of my situation!!
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Regina 9056 of NC's picture
God bless you, Aaron. One thing you might consider is pursuing a lawsuit against Ace Hardware as it is still illegal to hire illegal aliens and if you sustain a loss of income due to a violation of this statute then you have actual damages PLUS punitive damages!! Millions of Americans will do the same across the nation, I truly believe that. They've left us no choice. Ad to this, you can start an online campaign to get others to call into this ACE and inquire why they choose to oppress American workers and sustain/hire illegal aliens (if he is illegal or here as the result of illegal immigration).
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Aaron 8129 of ID's picture
I'm got legal woes right now with Social Security. I don't know if he is a illegal or not. I do know that the employees are underpaid while management makes out like bandits! I don't need to see wage inequality. It's in my own backyard. Besides my father thinks I need a break of working 20+ years with my disabilities. I'm 41.