Op-Ed by Nancy Pelosi, Luis V. Gutiérrez & Zoe Lofgren Promises Bold Action on Amnesty —
Last March, Nancy Pelosi said, “I believe it is more important to pass comprehensive immigration reform to me and to my caucus than to win the election in November.”
Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Service adjudicators and personnel, called reports about planned executive action “dangerous” and said it would increase “exponentially” the health risks, threats to national security and expense to taxpayers that he said are on the rise because of lax enforcement of immigration laws.
Nevertheless the speculation that Obama is going to give amnesty to tens of millions of illegal aliens persists.
“If you care about your immigration security and your neighborhood security, you must act now to ensure that Congress stops this unilateral amnesty,” Palinkas, who represents 12,000 employees, said in a public statement, according to the Washington Examiner. After immigration reform stalled in Congress, the president pledged to fix the problem this summer by executive order. When it became obvious that this was going to be unpopular with a majority of the electorate, Obama decided to wait until after the election to make another controversial policy overreach proclamation. In August, The Washington Post reported that the White House was drawing up plans for an executive order that would grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants, allowing them to avoid deportation and gain green cards.
They promised that Obama Will Act Boldly on Amnesty. The Univision message came a day after Pew Research reported that Latino support for Democrats has fallen, although they continue to have a healthy advantage over Republicans. A nationwide survey found that Latino registered voters are less supportive of the Democratic Party than in previous election cycles.
Now Nancy Pelosi has come out promising the Hispanic community that they will be pleased with what Obama does. Decisions have obviously been made and an intentional effort has been made to keep this quiet until after the election. In advance of his ‘executive order’ three Democrats have issued the following op-ed which was published by Univision.
As Presidents before Him, Obama Has Authority to Act
By Nancy Pelosi, Luis V. Gutiérrez & Zoe Lofgren
Last year, the Senate passed a bipartisan measure to repair our broken immigration system and strengthen our economy. That bill would be law today, but Republican leaders in the House refused to allow a vote. Consequently, President Obama promised to use his authority under existing law to achieve reform. We do not know exactly what the President will do or when he will announce it, but we are confident he will act.
Some Republicans claim the President has no authority to act, but they are wrong. The fact is, just as presidents before him, President Obama has broad authority to make our immigration system better meet the needs of our country and reflect our shared values. And every Administration since President Dwight D. Eisenhower has used executive authority to do just that.
In addition to taking steps to make our immigration enforcement efforts more humane, there are dozens of reforms that the President can adopt. Two that could have the greatest impact involve the expanded use of his deferred action and “parole” authorities.
Presidents have broad authority to defer removal when it is in the national interest, and past presidents have regularly used this authority. In the years immediately following the enactment of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush took bold action to protect the spouses and children of people who received status under that law. Although Congress explicitly chose not to grant status to these people – an estimated 1.5 million people – Presidents Reagan and Bush recognized that it was not in the national interest to separate families. Using their authority to establish a “Family Fairness” program, they offered spouses and children indefinite protection from deportation and work authorization.
Presidents have used this authority repeatedly in the face of congressional inaction. Dating back more than 50 years, presidents have granted Extended Voluntary Departure to nationals of more than a dozen countries, including Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Chile, Poland, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Uganda. President George H.W. Bush granted Deferred Enforced Departure to Chinese nationals after the Tiananmen Square massacre even though he vetoed a similar bill passed by Congress. Several years later he granted the same status to 200,000 Salvadorans.
Likewise, President Obama could defer action against persons who would be covered by the Senate-passed bill that Republicans blocked. Like Presidents Reagan and Bush, he could use his authority to prevent family separation – this time of undocumented close family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or DACA beneficiaries. Similarly, he could recognize that it is “essential for agriculture” that farmworkers who toil in our fields do so without fear.
Another broad authority under existing law the President has at his disposal is to “parole” persons into the country “on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”
Once again, this authority is not unprecedented. Presidents Ford and Carter “paroled” into the country hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese. Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush both used “parole” authority for families who were ineligible for or denied refugee status. President George W. Bush also created a program to “parole” into our country Cuban nationals who would otherwise be forced to wait abroad for a visa number. President Obama recently announced plans to create a similar program for certain Haitians.
Similarly, the President could “parole” into the country the spouses, sons, and daughters of American citizens and lawful permanent residents who face lengthy separation waiting for a visa. Doing so would not permit family members to skip the line, but it would allow them to wait in line with their family until a visa number becomes available.
Last year, the Administration also formalized a policy of paroling “in place” the spouses, children and parents of military personnel and veterans already here in the United States. Through parole in place, military family members who entered the country without being inspected may become eligible to obtain lawful permanent residence without having to leave the country for ten years. This corrects a gross unfairness in immigration law that overwhelmingly harms persons from the Americas.
The President can build upon his “parole in place” policy for military families to benefit countless other mixed-status families. He can similarly use this authority for immigrants whose talents are so great that they can create jobs here in America, who are part of significant research, innovative efforts or professional work that makes our economy stronger. These initiatives are of significant public benefit to our country.
Those who oppose immigration reform would have us believe that administrative action amounts to “rewriting the immigration laws.” We all know that no president can rewrite the laws. But it is important to remember that Congress and the Constitution give presidents broad authority to take executive action on immigration policy, and past presidents have used this authority generously. That President Obama has pledged to do so as well is not cause for consternation, but is consistent with a president’s well-established authority under existing law.
Although it is ultimately the job of Congress to reform our immigration laws, we nevertheless look forward to the President’s bold and meaningful action to improve the lives of Americans and immigrants alike and advance the interests of our nation.
With B. Hussein Obama, everything is about politics and the fundamental transformation of America. And so Obama felt the sincere need to reassure the radical Hispanic lobby at a gala event on illegal immigration that its members wouldn’t be disappointed.
As reported by USA Today, “President Obama reassured supporters Thursday that he will issue new orders on immigration within the next three months. “It will be taking place between the November elections and the end of the year,” Obama said during a gala for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. With an immigration bill blocked in the Republican-run House, Obama is reportedly considering a series of orders that would grant status to many of the 11.5 million people who are in country illegally. Obama and aides said they are delaying executive orders on immigration until after the Nov. 4 congressional elections because immigration has become such a volatile political issue.”
So Obama the Courageous doesn’t want to tackle this issue before the midterm elections for fear of reprisal. Well, this is the remedy since Obama fails to comprehend that according to the Constitution, only Congress can take actions and make laws regarding naturalization, Article I, Section 8, Clause 4. What must occur is for Obama not to have his progressive socialists in control of either legislative body in Congress. Therefore, any of his attempts to circumvent the American people can be met with the cutting of funding.
The power in Congress is the purse strings and right now with Harry Reid controlling the Senate, Obama’s destructive agenda is easily enabled. The unifying message for constitutional conservatives — heck, all Americans — must be “America first.” Obama and the open borders Hispanic lobby led by LULAC and La Raza want a demographic shift in America that will further exacerbate the growth of the welfare nanny-state and the dependency society. Obama has now clearly admitted that he cares not for the dismal plight of the black community — heck, why should he and the Democrats — since the black community will blindly follow Obama into the abyss.
USA Today says “illegal immigration advocates have criticized Obama for not moving quickly enough on the issue and attacked him for a record level of deportations. Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said that Obama “has unnecessarily destroyed immigrant workers’ families and repeatedly delayed use of his existing legal authority, all in pursuit of a failed legislative strategy.”
I’d like to ask ol’ Pablo about the millions of American citizens who’ve been out of work and have dropped out of the workforce — what about the decimation being done to their families, the hard working, middle income Americans?
Obama is afraid to admit to the American people his desire, instead choosing to make a covert announcement at a Hispanic progressive socialist gala — and we thought he took an oath to faithfully execute and uphold our rule of law? Ha.
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According to the Pew Research Center, as many as 25.2 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in the upcoming midterms, which represents 11 percent of all eligible voters nationwide.