Obama postpones changes in deportation policy to give House chance to pass...

Obama postpones changes in deportation policy to give House chance to pass bill


Yesterday, it was reported that the White House asked the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, to postpone a review of deportation policies to give Congress more time to act on immigration reform. Last year, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill, while the House of Representatives has not moved a bill forward.

Some immigration and labor groups (including SEIU, the National Immigration Forum and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) issued a statement urging Congress to act and encouraging the administration to give the House time to act.

That statement read:

“While we stand united in our belief that both Congress and the president share the responsibility to tackle our broken immigration system, Speaker John Boehner and the House have a real window of opportunity to pass lasting immigration reform legislation by August.

For the good of the country, we urge Speaker Boehner and his colleagues to seize this moment. After so many promises, inaction now would be more than a lost opportunity; it would be a moral and economic loss.

During this interim, we strongly urge President Obama and his Administration to allow for this process to take place before issuing administrative action. We believe the President should move cautiously and give the House Leadership all of the space they may need to bring legislation to the floor for a vote.

Should the House fail to move forward during this window, the Administration will have an obligation to use whatever tools are at its disposal under the law to prevent the tragic family break-ups and economic disruption that has become the daily norm.”

Immigration advocates who have been urging the President to halt deportations expressed frustration with these remarks from allies. The National Immigrant Youth Alliance, which has been asking for broader prosecutorial discretion, posted on its Facebook page yesterday, “If your mother or father gets deported in the next few weeks, blame SEIU.” DREAMActivist.org, an advocacy organization run by undocumented youth, posted updates on its Twitter feed expressing frustration with what it calls “the 1% of the immigrant rights movement.”

The wheels on the deportation bus will continue to move, while Congress attempts to do something. House Speaker Boehner has said that he’s “hellbent on getting this done this year,” but many have questioned his sincerity. It’s likely that more people in the immigrant community will be asking questions about the strategies around pursuing comprehensive immigration reform, especially when the actions of large D.C. based allies differ from those of the grassroots when it comes to the urgency of halting deportations.


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    YES! Republicans could lose the elections, if illegal aliens are urged on to vote by Democrats. It’s happening all the time, and its as easy as registering in one county, but residing in the next county over. We need a National digital ID card, which will stop foreigners from voting in our elections. My call is to vote for moderate Conservatives, or the TEA PARTY leadership.

    Small government:
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    Kill Obamacare:

    Has it not occurred to the majority of the people, we spend more of our tax dollars on supporting government agencies, than on our senior citizens? Those American taxpayers are financially supporting illegal aliens who have never paid–anything–into the system. A few do pay taxes, but the larger populations don’t?

    Don’t vote for Republicans and don’t vote Democrats. Vote on issues that are important to you, such as enforcing borders and deporting foreigners who broke our laws.

    Remember, it’s sad but you cannot trust either party, as their promises end up as lies, deceit, cover-ups and corruption. In truth the ONLY people who will vote for Democrats are those who demand Free Health Care, Free Food Stamps, Cash Benefits; our country has become a nation of give-me and I will vote for you as our nation has become under the Obama Administration a “Entitlement Culture”. Illegal aliens arrive here not just by illegally crossing a border, but masquerading as tourists. There still is no system at airline terminals, to know when people are supposed to go home, even when their visa expired.

    The Obama Administration has piled lies upon lies, beginning with the cover-up of selling guns to drug cartels back when? Arriving next was Benghazi and the slaughter of an American Ambassador to Libya and 3 security personnel. Then there is the universal spying and the VA administration massive problem of not caring for the Vets who depend on them. No elected official–NOBODY has been held accountable, fired or gone to prison.

    Now there are 36,007 criminal illegal aliens who were charged with sex crimes, drug crimes, burglary/theft, drunken driving and MURDER. Under Obama’s directive, ICE has released murderers, rapists, kidnappers and drug dealers.

    They had more than 87,000 convictions combined! My neighborhood used to be a safe place. Now I worry.

    These animals have broken the law: drug violations, sexual assault and domestic violence convictions, and aggravated assault are just a small part of the long list of infractions—and he wants to “reward” them with citizenship.

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