He recently spoke to the Utah legislature. When asked about immigration reform, he said this:
There has been so much distrust between the executive and Congress now that many of us don’t believe any longer the president will enforce the laws we give him.And he says this despite the fact that deportations under Obama have been roughly double the amount during the Bush administration:
The figure is from this Economist article. I'm not saying Obama is good or bad because of large deportation numbers, I'm just pointing out the fact that Rep Christ Stewart is being dishonest about immigration. If we're going to have a debate in this country about what works vs what doesn't, we probably ought to start by understanding what's actually happening.
Perhaps Rep Stewart is just pandering to the Tea Party here. It seems that after Mike Lee outflanked Bob Bennett on the right and stole his senate seat, GOP politicians are scared of it happening to them. Note the trite and pandering tweets we've been getting from Senator Orrin Hatch recently: