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President Obama’s Immigration Actions

On Thursday, President Obama delivered his speech on Immigration. He announced the following actions to be eligible to stay in the country.
– Living in the United States for more than five years
– Have children who are American citizens or legal residents
– If you register, pass a criminal background check
– Willing to pay a fair share of taxes
With those requirements, undocumented immigrants can apply to stay in the country temporarily. These actions don’t apply to those who come to the country recently, who might come to the United States illegally in the future. It doesn’t grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently or offer the same benefits that citizens receive – only Congress can do that.

President Obama has received criticism from the right saying that he’s granting amnesty. This is not amnesty because only 5 million undocumented immigrants are eligible to apply for these actions. They aren’t receiving citizenship, they have to pay a fine, pay taxes and go back to the line. If President Obama would’ve grant amnesty, he would’ve grant legal residency to the 11 million undocumented immigrants without paying a fine and not going back to the line. But, since not everybody is eligible for these actions, this isn’t amnesty.

Gov. Christie In Denial

Gov. Christie spoke at his weekly radio program called “Ask the Governor,” where he kept denying having knowledge about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, even when the former Port Authority David Wildstein said on a letter that Gov. Christie had knowledge about the closure on the GWB. Gov. Christie said that he found out about the lane closures when he read the Wall Street Journal but prior reading the Journal, he did not had knowledge about it. While Gov. Christie has been in denial, former Port Authority David Wildstein told the New York Times that there is evidence that Gov. Christie knew about the GWB closure lanes but that evidence has not been released, so no one knows if there is really evidence. Christie’s office responded immediately saying that “David Wildstein will do anything to save David Wildstein.” Gov. Christie had knowledge about the closures of the GWB but he is trying to save his political career as Governor and potential Presidential candidate in 2016. And, for how long can he keep his lie?

The Right Wing Avoiding Gov. Christie’s Scandal

Since the media began to talk about Gov. Christie’s scandal, the right wing has called it a distraction. According to Media Matters for America, CNN has mentioned Gov. Christie 38 times, MSNBC 44 times and Fox News only 3 times. Instead of talking about Gov. Christie, they have been attacking President Obama and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton with the Benghazi attacks. The reason why they are attacking President Obama and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is because they want to blame them for not avoiding the Benghazi attacks and they want to give Hilary Clinton a bad image before the Primary and Presidential Elections. Also, the right wing has other excuses to attack President Obama, for example, Senator Rand Paul said on Fox News that “The danger of majority rule to him sort of think, well the majority vote for me, now I’m the majority and I can do whatever I want and that there are no rules that restrain me, that would give us Jim Crow.” Jim Crow, seriously? So, according to Sen. Rand Paul, the President’s idea of governing gave us Jim Crow. It seems that Sen. Rand Paul doesn’t remember when in 2010 he told Rachel Maddow that he wanted to modify the discrimination laws. But, that’s not it, Rush Limbaugh said on his radio talk show that “President Obama ignores the Constitution and that makes him a dictator.” What Rush Limbaugh is talking about, is President Obama’s Executive Orders during his first term but here are the Executive Orders from the last three former GOP Presidents during their first term. Ronald Reagan 213, George H. W. Bush 166, George W. Bush 173; President Obama had only 147 (Source: The American Presidency Project). In 2013, the New York Times wrote an article saying that President Obama has had the fewest Executive Orders in over 100 years. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/01/obama-executive-orders-guns.html. So, if President Obama is a dictator because he had 147 Executive Orders during his first term, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan are dictators as well? No matter for how long the media keeps talking about Gov. Christie’s scandal, the right wing will find a way to avoid talking about Gov. Christie and to find all the excuses they can to attack President Obama.

Can Gov. Chris Christie be the GOP Presidential Candidate in 2016?

After the George Washington Bridge scandal was released to the American people especially to the residents of the State of New Jersey, there has been questions about Gov. Christie’s future as the GOP Presidential nominee in 2016. If Gov. Christie survives the GWB scandal and runs for President in 2016, will he survive the GOP Primary debates? During the debates, Gov. Christie will be attacked by the other GOP candidates and he will need to find a way to counterattack them and to answer each question. He will be asked about how come he was not aware what his staffers were doing and saying throughout their emails, how he allows his staffers to “delegate enormous authority” but one of the most important things that the opposing candidates will argue is that Gov. Christie lacks of LEADERSHIP and what a President needs is leadership.

Now, Gov. Christie is facing another issue, he won’t receive full support from all conservatives because those who are at the far right of the political spectrum are going to see Gov. Christie as too moderate. Also, many of Romney supporters are still upset with Gov. Christie because when President Obama went to New Jersey to meet with Gov. Christie and see the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy weeks before the Presidential Elections, Gov. Christie thanked President Obama for going to New Jersey. During those days Mitt Romney and President Obama were tied in some polls and after President Obama meet Gov. Christie, he was ahead of the polls so Romney supporters blame Gov. Christie for Romney’s defeat in the Presidential Elections. The bottom line is that Gov. Christie has a long and difficult road to become the GOP Presidential nominee for the 2016 Elections.