Immigration Reform DOA, President Obama to Use Executive Order on Fixes

Immigration Reform DOA, President Obama to Use Executive Order on Fixes
Immigration Reform DOA, President Obama to Use Executive Order on Fixes (Credit: Wikipedia)

The Republican Party wants the Hispanic vote, but they have no desire to fix the broken immigration system.  Roll Call reports, “The White House is throwing in the towel on a comprehensive immigration bill this year after Speaker John Boehner told Obama last week that he will not allow a vote in the House.” 

President Obama said he was tired of waiting on the Congress to act on immigration reform and would act on his own. Um, watch for the name-calling from the GOP — “Imperialist president” and “Monarch Obama.”

President Obama also wrote a letter to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell addressing the situation at Rio Grande Valley areas where illegal immigrants have been streaming into the U.S. Here’s an excerpt:

While we are working across all of these channels, to execute a fully effective Government-wide strategy as the influx of migrants continues, we are eager to work with the Congress to ensure that we have the legal authorities to maximize the impact of our efforts.  Initially, we believe this may include:

• providing the DHS Secretary additional authority to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; and

• increasing penalties for those who smuggle vulnerable migrants, like children.

In addition, we will request congressional action on emergency supplemental appropriations legislation to support:

• an aggressive deterrence strategy focused on the removal and repatriation of recent border crossers;

• a sustained border security surge through enhanced domestic enforcement, including interdiction and prosecution of criminal networks;

• a significant increase in immigration judges, reassigning them to adjudicate cases of recent border crossers, and establishing corresponding facilities to expedite the processing of cases involving those who crossed the border in recent weeks;

• a stepped up effort to work with our Central American partners to repatriate and reintegrate migrants returned to their countries, address the root causes of migration, and communicate the realities of these dangerous journeys; and

• the resources necessary to appropriately detain, process, and care for children and adults.


  • Janet:

    Why do you start with an AMERICAN-CENTRIC argument?

    While there are 12 million illegal immigrants and a few thousand children a the border – THERE ARE NEARLY 200 MILLION people living in Mexico and Central America – a good portion of them suffering from terrorism where they live.

    WHY do you focus on the REPUBLICANS WANTING THE HISPANIC VOTE in America – BUT NOT the VIOLENCE, beheadings, corruption, terror and RAPE that takes place where these people live AND which is accelerated as they are in motion – making their way toward the US border?

    The bottom line is: THERE IS NOTHING within the USA – Executive Branch or Congress that is going to “FIX” the problem that is centrally focused upon THE COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN.

    Why don’t any of the people who ritually celebrate the “Freedom Summer 1964” talking about heading into the areas where these people are being attacked and protect them?

    ANSWER – because the “Freedom Summer” was about getting Black people REGISTERED TO VOTE – and the problems in Central America today ARE NOT going to be cured by POLITICS or VOTING.

    If the GOP never gets another Hispanic vote again – this won’t solve the problem.

    It CERTAINLY did not solve the problem of the “Americanized Blacks”

  • Phil

    I think it’s important to bring up several points mentioned in this article – the President has repeatedly said (on the record) that he would not sign any bill that does not include a pathway to citizenship (i.e amnesty) for those who have entered this country illegally.

    Second, if the premise of the argument is that the Republican Party will get the Hispanic vote by virtue of supporting a comprehensive immigration bill , can someone explain why didn’t this happen with the Simpson-Mazzoli Act in 1986? That Act mandated the building of a border fence (was never built) and more resources for immigration enforcement to stem the tide of illegal immigration in addition to amnesty for illegals already here. The only part that seems to have worked is the amnesty for illegals.

    The truth is that if a comprehensive immigration bill were to pass Congress and be signed into law by the President today it would do nothing but instigate more illegal immigration in the future.