Obama Stays the Course on Immigration as Pressure Mounts

The Democrats pressuring Obama not to move on immigration are making a grave error if they think the Republicans who are about to take charge of Congress are serious about passing an immigration reform bill he can sign. What they will pass will likely be an enforcement heavy scheme designed to perpetuate the inhumane policy of “self-deportation” championed by the likes of Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

The notion that Republicans could credibly peddle the claim that they have been planning on passing immigration reform all along and, therefore, President Obama should once again refrain from using his lawful authority to make the system work better for American families and business until they do is, in a word, ridiculous. Yet some Democrats–who should know better–seem to be falling for the latest ruse. This quote from former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is troubling:

Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor and erstwhile head of the Democratic National Committee, told reporters last week that one way to avoid inflaming Obama’s antagonists was for the President to publicly outline the terms of the immigration order in the coming weeks, but wait until “April or June” to issue it, giving the GOP time to cobble together a bill.


President Barack Obama has remained resolute in his plan to unilaterally reshape U.S. immigration law in the wake of his party’s heavy losses in last week’s midterm elections, but pressure is mounting from both sides as he approaches a decision later this year.

The White House has been tight-lipped about when Obama will use his executive authority on immigration, as well as what exactly the package of reforms will contain. But immigration activists say they still expect the President to issue orders that would protect up to several million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The move could come in mid-December, after lawmakers reach a spending agreement that would keep the federal government running, activists say.

The Democratic drubbing on Nov. 4 unleashed a fresh wave of threats from Republicans, who warned Obama that taking unilateral action on immigration would “poison the well,” as House Speaker John Boehner put it. “When you…

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About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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