Conservative talk -radio host Rush Limbaugh named today “Open Borders Friday” after the Obama administration announced that instead of deporting young undocumented immigrants, it would offer them work permits.
“I’m telling you, they’re in full panic mode,” Limbaugh said of the Obama team on his radio show today.
Limbaugh then played a clip of President Obama saying in September that “it’s just not true” that he can change immigration laws “unilaterally.”
“Well, what’s amazing is what can happen in an election year,” Limbaugh said. “He just did it.”
Republicans were quick to jump on the president’s announcement as “amnesty,” with Rep. Peter King of New York, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, criticizing the administration for “overstepping its authority” and implementing policies that could “jeopardize border security.”
Obama said this afternoon that his administration will no longer deport illegal immigrants who came into the country when they were 16 or younger and are now younger than 30, have lived in the United States for five years, have never committed a crime and have graduated from high school or earned their GED.
The change in policy will likely up Obama’s support among the ever-important Hispanic voting bloc days before the president is set to speak to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Florida.