In Jamaica, Obama Tries To Explain Why Legal Immigrants Have To Wait In Line

Obama in Jamaica, April 11, 2015. Source.

President Obama found himself in the awkward position of trying to explain why legal immigrants had to wait in line to enter the United States, while he thinks illegal immigrants should receive special consideration.

During a town hall in Jamaica, one young woman asked why families seeking to enter the United States legally were forced to wait seven to ten years.

“I’d love to hear you talk some more about your policy regarding shortening that timeline and making it less onerous on the applicants,” she said.

Obama reminded her that the American immigration system was “broken” and needed to be fixed, but he focused on illegal immigrants…

h/t Marvin

  • andycanuck

    BTW, I don’t know if it’s changed now but something like 10 years ago Jamaicans were the most-successful immigrant group in the U.S. They earned the white average annual income. That probably explains Obama getting a difficult question from an audience member.

    • BillyHW

      Something like 75% of the gun crime in Toronto comes from this very vibrant and diverse group of people.

      • andycanuck

        I don’t know U.S. crime stats for Jamaican immigrants but the U.S. and Canada, especially 10 years ago and earlier, don’t have the same immigration policies. They got go-getters and we got the bums.

        • mauser 98

          Jamaican & go-getter?

          • andycanuck

            Yes. I don’t know how old you are but the Wayans’ brothers’ 1990-94 series In Living Color (that included Jim Carrey) had an ongoing sketch about an intact Jamaican family where everyone worked tons of part-time jobs so they were being stereotyped in the States as hard-workers even in the early ’90s. And that was the opposite of what was going on in the GTA but sometime later I read a Sun column (can’t recall the columnist) but he pointed out the success of the States’ Jamaican immigrants contrasted with our own pointing out immigration policy differences. And I’ve since read other MSM news reports reporting on their economic success.

            The funniest one I remember was when a Korean family moved next-door and the two dads got into a one-upsmanship battle over who worked the most part-time jobs.

      • DMB

        Somalis are quickly overtaking the Jamaicans. Somalis are even more vibrant and diverse group of people than Jamaicans.

        • BillyHW

          Rob Ford knows all about that.

  • BillyHW

    There is no good explanation.

    And just what exactly are Jamaican immigrants supposed to contribute to America other than gun violence? The left is utterly obsessed with gun control yet wants to let Jamaicans in?

  • Because ANY legal immigrant will not vote Democrat.

    Keep Obama in the hot seat.

  • kkruger71

    I just have to shake my head at the fact that they are discussing it like both groups have some sort of inherent right to become Americans.

  • tom_billesley

    The Jamaican government sees its function as easing the path of people wanting to get out of Jamaica?

  • marty_p

    Message to potential immigrants from Jamaica – don’t bother trying to go to the US – come to Toronto, we have TCHC apartments waiting for you at Jane and Finch, Malvern and in Rexdale. Our welfare cheque printers are primed and ready to go.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Too many honest, law abiding would be immigrants have to waste the best years of their lives on waiting lists while exceptions are carved out for the unworthy. For example, prostitutes who come here illegally can claim to have been trafficked and quickly obtain Green Cards and a smorgasbord of social services by proclaiming their victimhood often enough.