On Tuesday during an immigration speech in Chicago, President Obama was forced to put some hecklers in their place. The hecklers were angry about deportations and decided the best way to express their angry was to yell at the president while he was speaking.
“Sorry Mr. President, but that has been a lie,” yelled one heckler. “You have deported families.”
“Not one more,” chanted another. “Stop deportations.” [Source]
Instead of having the protesters thrown out, the president addressed them directly:
“I heard you. Now I’ve been respectful. I let you holler. Nobody’s removing you,” Obama said. “But you’ve got to listen to me too.”
“You’re absolutely right that there have been significant numbers of deportations. That’s true. But what you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took action to change the law. Though I understand why you might have yelled at me a month ago, although I disagree with some of your characterizations, it doesn’t make much sense to yell at me right now when we’re making changes.”
It makes no sense. The president’s executive action will protect immigrants, even the ones with removal orders already, from deportations if they have strong familial ties to U.S. citizens.
Furthermore, prior to last week the president had done a number of things to protect other immigrants. Including, but not limited to, passing Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals or the DREAM Act.
Yelling at the president about something that he’s rectified just makes the hecklers look stupid and does nothing for the immigration reform movement.
Watch Obama handle his hecklers below: