- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 9, 2014

MSNBC host Chris Matthews criticized President Obama on Wednesday for gridlock in Washington on illegal immigration, arguing that he needs to quit pandering to ethnic groups and “get something done.”

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Mr. Matthews argued that the reason illegal immigrants are flooding the U.S. borders is not for welfare opportunities or crime — it’s for jobs, and he said the best way to slow the influx is to ban businesses from hiring illegals.

“As long as we say you have to get papers to work in this country, it’ll work,” he said. “And nobody wants to say it. You know why? Because Republicans want the anti-immigrant vote and the Democrats want the pro-immigrant vote and the immigrant vote, but nobody wants a bill — a compromise. Somebody’s got to lead and say, ‘You know what? Game’s over. It’s time to get something done.’

“Why doesn’t the president say, instead of pandering to the Hispanic vote and liberals, why doesn’t he just say ‘You know what, I’m willing to strike a compromise. We need to get tough on illegal immigrants?’” Mr. Matthews continued.

“The fact is, this president has the opportunity to put it together. But he needs to stop playing politics, stop running for office, stop playing the ethnic groups, and say, ‘Look, I’ve only got two years left. I have to get something done,’” he said.

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