Obama: Criticizing Illegal Immigrants is 'Un-American'

Immigration has never been "some orderly process, where all the rules applied and all the rules were strict."

At a town hall hosted at a Des Moines high school this week, President Obama mocked those who argue that people should actually obey our nation's immigration laws. Saying immigration has never been "some orderly process, where all the rules applied and all the rules were strict," the president suggested it was "un-American" to criticize illegal immigrants. 

"This whole anti-immigrant sentiment that's out there in our politics right now is contrary to who we are," Obama told the audience. "Because unless you're Native American, your family came from someplace else."

Saying that immigration policy in the past has never been all that "smooth and strict," the president suggested that we shouldn't be so concerned about the details of the laws now. 

"Don't pretend that somehow a hundred years ago the immigration was all smooth and strict — that's not how it worked," he said, adding later, "It wasn't some orderly process, where all the rules applied and all the rules were strict, and 'I came the right way.'"

As for all the criticism of those who have broken our immigration laws and live here illegally, Obama said, "That's not who we are." 

He was particularly incensed by those who might deem those brought here illegally by their parents at a young age as "illegals," saying they were American citizens in every way except for a mere "piece of paper." 

"When I hear folks talking as if somehow these kids are different than my kids or less worthy in the eyes of God, that somehow that they are less worthy of our respect and consideration and care, I think that's un-American," he said in his standard straw man mode.

The illegal immigration debate has been raging since Donald Trump first announced his presidency and said that many who come over are the worst elements of Central and South American countries, including "criminals, drug dealers, and rapists." The summer saw a series of tragedies at the hands of illegal immigrants, including the killing of Kate Steinle by a multi-felon illegal immigrant who was being protected by San Francisco's "sanctuary city" laws.

Presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), has repeatedly condemned Obama for his "lawless" approach to immigration, which has included historic executive actions, which offer de facto amnesty to millions, and a plummeting number of deportations under his watch.  

Partial transcript via Breitbart