Executive Order on Immigration Reform Before November Elections

July 26, 2014

President Obama is expected to use executive power on immigration issues before the mid-term elections in November. Reports state that he will provide temporary legal status to millions of undocumented aliens.

Republican leaders have blocked immigration reform legislation from being heard in the House. Speaker John Boehner said that the House will not vote on a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year.

Time reports:
The most aggressive option in this category would be expanding deferred action to anyone who could have gained legal status under the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate in June 2013. 
According to a Congressional Budget Office analysis, the Senate bill would have covered up to 8 million undocumented immigrants. It is unlikely that Obama goes that far. But even more modest steps could provide relief to a population numbering in the seven figures. 
“You can get to big numbers very quickly,” says Marshall Fitz, director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.
Rep.Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) who met with the President last week was quoted in the Los Angles Times:
"We sat down with the president... and we said to him, 'Mr. President, we want you to be as generous and broad and wise as the Republicans have been small and mean-spirited."
Republicans have served as obstructionists in the immigration debate for years. Most block comprehensive immigration reform for two reasons – to please extreme right-wind conservatives who are against reform (even though polls show the majority of Americans support it) and to block anything that President Obama and the Democrats support.

Adding to the debate has been the recent influx of undocumented children pouring over the borders to flee abusive situations in their Central American. countries.  This is a human rights issue as much as it is an immigration issue. Children should not be deported back to unstable countries to face suffering or death.

I hope President Obama steps up and uses executive orders to do as much as is legally possible. The U.S. Congress has failed to effectively serve the people of the United States for years. It is past time to take action, especially for the legal, longterm nonresidents of the CNMI.


Anonymous said...

You are mistaken regarding these children "fleeing" to America. Do you really believe that these children somehow snuck across several south and central american countries unnoticed? no they did not. these countries including the uber corrupt mexico are helping them get on trains and get right to the border. a lot of them and i mean tens of thousands are just thrown out by their own governments. these are citizens of other countries. the problem should begin with that and barack obama knows this having sent back waves of them. this is tit for tat with liberals.

Anonymous said...

America is a land of dreamers. America is a land of immigrants. U.S immigration system is broken realized by U.S Congress, Senate and President. The border is not 100% control. How did USA get 11+ million undocumented people? It took many years for this big number. U.S immigration system was not fixed yet. A comprehensive immigration reform bill was passed by U.S senate on 2013. But U.S Congress failed to act on it or to introduce another immigration reform bill. There is only an option remaining to issue an executive order to fix the broken immigration system. The United States of America will get many ways relieved from the debts. And the overall U.S economy will grow stronger day after day.

Anonymous said...

aint going to happen, if there are still people who cannot see that this president is thumbing his nose at everyone including those who still fawn over him then they are even more lost in the woods and there is no hope for them. You really think Obama cares about you and your lot in life. If you do then we can understand how this empty suit.got.elected. just look in the mirror.....

Anonymous said...

god bless you obama to pass your kind bill that helps all human being living in USA with them US dream..it will help also entire broken immigration system.