Obama in 2014 on Immigration: ‘We’re Not Going After Millions ... Mowing Lawns or Cleaning out Bedpans’
NOVEMBER 23, 2014:
STEPHANOPOULOS: "How do you respond to the argument, a future president comes in, wants lower taxes, doesn’t happen. I’m not going to prosecute those who don’t pay capital gains tax."
OBAMA: "The truth of the matter, George, is that the reason that we have to do prosecutorial discretion in immigration is that we know that we are not even close to being able to deal with the folks who have been here a long time. The vast majority of folks understand that they need to pay taxes and when we conduct an audit, for example, we are selecting those folks who are most likely to be cheating. We’re not going after millions and millions of people who everybody knows are here and we’re taking advantage of low wages as they’re mowing lawns or cleaning out bedpans and looking the other way, but then you got politicians suddenly going out there saying, suggesting somehow that, you know, we should be deporting all of them. Everybody knows -- including Republicans -- that we’re not going to deport 11 million people."