Crafty Obama Plans to Give Undocumented Immigrants the Right to Vote in 2014

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Courtesy of Steve Benen, here is Michele Bachmann explaining why immigration reform is a bad idea for Republicans:

I think the president, even by executive order, can again wave his magic wand before 2014 and he’d say now all of the new, legal Americans are going to have voting rights.

Why do I say that? He did it in 2012. Do you remember? Anyone who was here as a Latina under age 30, he said, “You get to vote.”

What? He decides you get to vote? If he did it 2012, know — take it to the bank — he’ll do in 2014.

Does anyone have any idea what Bachmann is talking about? This is obviously a reference to the mini-DREAM executive order that Obama signed in 2012, but all that did was grant work permits and end deportations of undocumented immigrants who had come to the country before the age of 15. It wasn’t just for Latinas and it had nothing to do with voting.

I know, I know: it’s just Bachmann being Bachmann. But I’ll bet that this becomes yet another an underground tea party “fact” within days. You’ll be hearing it from your crazy uncle this Thanksgiving.

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