The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has blasted President Barack Obama for holding a partisan meeting to discuss the nation's immigration policies.
On April 19, the President hosted a gathering at the White House that was slated as a "broad group of business, law enforcement, faith and former and current elected leaders from across the political spectrum." The meeting was billed as a brainstorming session regarding immigration reform.
However, FAIR president Dan Stein said that it was an amnesty planning session made up of officials representing special interests. He claimed that not a single invitation was issued to a governor, sheriff, member of Congress or group from a border State, where the true impact of illegal immigration is being felt.
"The President will only address immigration when it serves his political interests," said Stein. "Just days after he announced his re-election bid, the President met behind closed doors promising amnesty to appease the special interests he needs to energize his campaign supporters."
Among the invited guests to the immigration reform meeting were John Podesta, CEO of the Center for American Progress (CAP), and Bill Bratton, former police chief of Los Angeles. According the FAIR, CAP supports a radical agenda that pushes for open borders and non-enforcement of immigration policies.
As LAPD chief, Bratton staunchly supported efforts not to focus enforcement on "individuals whose only violation is illegal entry."