Ed Henry to Earnest: Why Didn't You Fix Immigration When Dems Controlled Congress?


ED HENRY: Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were running the House and Senate for the first two years of this administration. The president vowed back in 2008: 'By the end of my first year in office, we'll pass comprehensive immigration reform.' That was his promise. They failed to act for two years. Why didn't he do anything then?

JOSH EARNEST: Well, I'll say a couple of things about that, Ed. The first is at the time back in 2009 you'll recall that there were many things on the president's plate.

HENRY: Things there are now -- Israel, Gaza, Syria, the economy. He has a lot going on now.

EARNEST: He does, but I think the crisis that we faced in 2009 as it related to our financial system and our economy and hemorrhaging jobs, that was, understandably, the focal point of Congressional activity, but also a lot of activity here at the White House....

HENRY: You had the House, the Senate and the White House in 2009 and 2010. Why didn't you focus on solving immigration problems then?

EARNEST: My point is, Ed, that there are a lot of other crises that the president was focusing on at that point.

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