House News, Immigration

Dueling Pianos: President, Speaker battle over Immigration

This photo says it all about their working relationship, doesn't it? (Photo from
This photo says it all about their working relationship, doesn’t it? (Photo from

“You say yes/ I say no/you stay stop/ and I say go, go, go”

The Beatles were such a great band that they apparently could write a song in 1967 about American politics in the 21st century. Who knew?

Ever since President Obama announced his plans to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States through the use of executive action in November of last year, Congressional Republicans have bashed the action and have threatened to tie the funding for the immigration action to the finances of the Department of Homeland Security, which are scheduled to run out at the end of this month.

In recent days, the rhetoric coming from the White House and Republican leadership has increased (that increase is probably due to the president introducing his budget, which included the money to fund the executive action, to Congress last week). First, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) hit the president’s action hard during a press conference last Tuesday. You can see it below (via the speaker’s YouTube account):

Not to be outdone, the White House released a video on its YouTube account of a meeting President Obama had with DREAMers. In the video, the president makes his case for why people like the DREAMers in the Oval Office that day should be allowed to stay in the country.

There you have it. The battle over immigration has spilled into cyberspace, and we’ll likely have more of these video battles in the weeks ahead. Or maybe the political duo will take the advice mentioned in another Beatles song:

“We Can Work It Out”


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