Last night, I Watched Barack Obama address the nation on temporary immigration reform. I had hoped that his solution might be more inclusive, but I understand that he wanted to leave no question that his action was legally sound. On that he succeeded. Republicans have lo legal basis on which to challenge him, and resorted to filing a frivolous lawsuit against him over the ACA, a clear demonstration of their impotence.
President Obama’s unilateral overhaul of the nation’s immigration system is bittersweet.
On one hand, it blocks deportation and grants work permits—for the rest of Obama’s term in office—to 5 million unauthorized people who have been in the country for at least five years. These mostly are the parents of children who were born here (and are citizens) and young people who arrived as children and grew up as typical Americans. It also ends some of the more punitive practices in federal policing, such as the Secure Communities program, where local cops turned people over to federal agents, starting the deporation [sic] treadmill, even if the undocumented person had not been convicted of a crime. Now, police will only refer cases to immigration authorities if there was a prior criminal conviction.
“Felons, not families. Criminals not children. Gang members, not a mother who’s working hard to provide for her kids,” Obama said Thursday in a nationwide address. “We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day.”
But there are big disappointments as well, such as leaving out the parents of Dreamers (undocumented children raised as Americans), and not taking any action on unauthorized farmworkers. The White House, which knows that Republicans in Congress and many red states are vowing to block its actions, explained that trying to shield those categories of people from deportation was on shakier legal ground. The parents of Dreamers, like their children, are non-citizens, they said. Helping farmworkers would single out one industry, while many others also rely on undocumented workers. The ongoing prospect of many families still being split up remains a real and inhumane threat…
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Lets be clear about that. Obama’s action was never intended to solve the immigration issue. It was an attempt on his part to do what the law allows to prevent some of the suffering that Republicans are causing through their refusal to pass a comprehensive solution to the problem.
If you missed the speech, here it is in its entirety.
Or if you prefer, here is a link to the transcript.
The noise I’m hearing from Republicans is that they would love to be able to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Really they would and they would surely do so right away, if only the evil emperor Obama had not poisoned the well and deliberately sabotaged any chance at a bipartisan solution, making it impossible for them to do so now. I’d call that a big pile of horse shit, but I don’t always know what’s in my cat food, and I don’t want to insult a horse that could become my kitty dinner some day!
Here are the facts. Democrats made huge concessions to Republicans to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate, breaking the Republican filibuster with eight votes to spare. I remember the anger from my fellow progressives at those concessions, so the bill that came out of the Senate was an authentic compromise. That was one year, four months, and 24 das ago. John Boehner has refused to hold a vote on it. House Republicans have refused to take up the issue at all. Obama summed up his policy in three words, and if Republicans don’t like his modest reforms, those same three words will shut them down in a heartbeat. Pass a bill! Legislate comprehensive immigration reform.
I don’t think that will happen, and the reason is Racism. Not all Republican politicians are racists, but the racists hold so much power, that the leadership fears them.,