(The Hill) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called Republican outrage over a new deportation directive by President Obama “phony.”
Reid’s floor speech came a few days after Obama announced that the United States would stop deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States when they were young and instead issue them work visas as long as they met certain criteria.
“There’s no better illustration of Republicans’ hypocrisy than their phony outrage this past weekend,” Reid said Tuesday. “On Friday President Obama announced the administration would suspend deportation of young people — upstanding young people, brought here by their parents as children, provided these young people attend college or serve in the military.”
Reid noted that the policy change would likely mean 800,000 immigrants would not be deported under the policy.