Showing posts with label Obama Immigration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Obama Immigration. Show all posts

Nov 6, 2014

Obama Vows Action as GOP Makes Plans for Plutocrats

Blanket Amnesty for Immigrants Now

Faced with dealing with Republicans who have obstructed the economic recovery from the Bush-Cheney great recession, President Obama made plain yesterday that "what I’m not going to do is just wait" for Republicans to work for the country instead of the Republican Party's economic royalists.

The signal could not have been clearer.

Obama "swiftly defied(GOP) objections by vowing to bypass Congress and use his executive authority to change the nation’s immigration system." (Hirschfeld Davis, Baker; NYT)

Welcome news indeed.

The president can begin by issuing comprehensive amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants, for starters. Student loan forgiveness. Accelerated DoJ action for civil rights for women and minorities. Much can be done.

Executive authority is broad under the "unitary executive," just ask Republicans.

If racists in the Republican Party object, perhaps they can set up a whites-only homeland somewhere, as here in 2014 segregation remains a GOP policy objective.

Republicans in Congress may choose to begin impeachment proceedings. Excellent.

They may decide to shut down the government or refuse to fund the government. Countermeasures exist, and public opinion and rational actors will rapidly remove another GOP attempt to smash the foundations of the American economy, though Ted Cruz would be all for it.

Impeachment would put on display in a manner political campaigns cannot, the destructive and anti-American objectives of the Republican Party and the whacko theories on their plutocrats.

The results are predictable, ala 1998, the last time the Republicans began impeachment proceedings because the rightwing didn't like President Clinton getting so chummy with ethnic minorities.

Mar 31, 2014

Blanket Amnesty for Immigrants Now

Update II: See also "Hopes Frustrated, Many Latinos Reject the Ballot Box Altogether" (Calmes. NYT). None of this will come as a surprise to residents of Wisconsin's 8th Assembly District, the heavily Latino, most densely populated district with the lowest voter turn-out in Wisconsin. Folks there know they are not getting a lot of love from the Obama administration, and thus turn to greater community to support extended families and communities, as they shun electoral politics.

Update: See The Severe Hispanic Midterm Falloff Problem, because it's the right thing to do and the smart thing to do: Amnesty for Immigrants Now.

Now would be a good time to for blanket Amnesty (forget about a "path") for undocumented immigrants by president Obama.

This will not make Obama popular with white supremacists, and various other constituencies of white America; begging the question: What do you care about these idiots?

They will be rushing to the polls anyway come November, and I think they won't be voting Democratic.

Jan 30, 2013

At the National Review, Republicans shoot down immigration reform

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration
at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 29, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Update: On Morning Joe, Joe and the GOP's Dan Senor express dismay at the tone-deaf John McCain and the National Review, agreeing these idiots are bringing back the "47 percent rhetoric" that worked so well for the White Party in 2012.

Not even pretending not to be racist.

Rich Lowry and and the editors at the National Review are advocating defeat of President Obama's Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

I repeat here: The bigots in the Tea and Grand Ole Parties will kill this immigration initiative, blaming President Obama and play to the white parties' racist base.

Write the National Review editors:

And, if we are to take Hispanics at their word, conservative attitudes toward illegal immigration are a minor reason for their voting preferences. While many are in business for themselves, they express hostile attitudes toward free enterprise in polls. They are disproportionately low-income and disproportionately likely to receive some form of government support. More than half of Hispanic births are out of wedlock. Take away the Spanish surname and Latino voters look a great deal like many other Democratic constituencies. Low-income households headed by single mothers and dependent upon some form of welfare are not looking for an excuse to join forces with Paul Ryan and Pat Toomey. Given the growing size of the Hispanic vote, it would help Republicans significantly to lose it by smaller margins than they have recently. But the idea that an amnesty is going to put Latinos squarely in the GOP tent is a fantasy.

Jan 29, 2013

Updated—President Treating Latinos as Human; Will GOP Racists Follow Is Open Question

Racist business cards left at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Library event in 2009
- Racism lives on and on
Updates: "President Obama on Tuesday put the weight of his administration behind efforts to pass legislation allowing many of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants to earn citizenship, seeking to build on a rapidly shifting political consensus around the issue." (Goldfarb. Post)

"Immigration remains tough, not doomed." (Bernstein. Post)

It is doomed. And there is no political consensus among the major political parties.

Bipartisan immigration reform is about as likely as a two-state solution in the Middle East.

The racists in the Tea and Grand Ole Parties will kill this immigration initiative, blaming President Obama and playing to the white parties' racist base.

But this is a political winner for President Obama. Obama retains options as an end game—Reagan-like amnesty as granted in 1986.

Ask yourself. Do you believe Republicans really want millions more minority voters in highly populated Latino states such as Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and America's 'urban areas'?

It's no longer acceptable to call Latinos, "spics," it remains in fashion in the southern states to refer to these human beings as "border bonnies," "cockroaches," "field rats" and "mexcrement."
"And when each new wave of immigrants arrived, they faced resistance from those who were already here.  They faced hardship.  They faced racism.  They faced ridicule.  But over time, as they went about their daily lives, as they earned a living, as they raised a family, as they built a community, as their kids went to school here, they did their part to build a nation."

So said President Obama advocating Comprehensive Immigration Reform in an inspiring address today.

Republicans suddenly appear to be not too far behind the president, at least in rhetoric on this issue.

This represents a sea change for the apparatchiks of the White Party, aka the Tea Party and its sick cousin, the Republican Party.

"There has always been anti-Mexican prejudice in America but it has gained a profoundly new intensity and self-confident sense of official support and sanction ever since the Republican-sponsored state laws were passed. This new level of grass-roots harassment and persecution of Latinos did not begin at the lower orders of society—and then filter upward. Quite the contrary, it was designed at the highest levels of Republican state government and the Republican policy infrastructure and then filtered its way down. In their own minds the grass-roots harassers no longer feel like fringe 'extremists.' They see themselves as supporting a policy designed and endorsed by the highest Republican officials in their state," writes James Vega just last year as the highest Republican officials and presidential aspirants did their worst to show who was the most hostile to Latinos.

Republicans remain the Party of racism and ignorance. Plain and simple.

I predict they will find some way of torpedoing immigration reform, and its cynical efforts at winning the hearts and minds will fail.

They just can't help themselves.

Reads a Democratic e-mail today: "Tea Party Republicans will do everything possible to obstruct immigration reform. Stand behind President Obama right away: Support comprehensive immigration reform and demand cooperation from Tea Party Republicans."

Jun 15, 2012

President Obama Delivers Remarks on Immigration, Moves Forward

President Barack Obama delivers remarks
on the Department of Homeland Security’s
immigration announcement in the
Rose Garden of the White House, June 15, 2012.
(Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)


The great 20th century jurist, Robert H. Jackson, would be proud today.

Jackson, a prodigious and rare serious writer, famously said in 1940: Those who have been subjected to the criminal justice system by the prosecution and law enforcement ought see a just process, a process in which the prosecutor sees as a moral "asset [his] profession recogniz[ing] that his attitude toward those who feel his power has been dispassionate, reasonable and just."

WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.

By the Dept of Homeland Security

  “Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” said Secretary Napolitano. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.” DHS continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk, including immigrants convicted of crimes, violent criminals, felons, and repeat immigration law offenders. Today’s action further enhances the Department’s ability to focus on these priority removals. Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case by case basis:
  1. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
  2. Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
  3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
  5. Are not above the age of thirty.
Only those individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria will be eligible for deferred action. Individuals will not be eligible if they are not currently in the United States and cannot prove that they have been physically present in the United States for a period of not less than 5 years immediately preceding today’s date.

Deferred action requests are decided on a case-by-case basis. DHS cannot provide any assurance that all such requests will be granted. The use of prosecutorial discretion confers no substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship.

Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights. While this guidance takes effect immediately, USCIS and ICE expect to begin implementation of the application processes within sixty days. In the meantime, individuals seeking more information on the new policy should visit USCIS’s website (at, ICE’s website (at, or DHS’s website (at

Beginning Monday, individuals can also call USCIS’ hotline at 1-800-375-5283 or ICE’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 during business hours with questions or to request more information on the forthcoming process. For individuals who are in removal proceedings and have already been identified as meeting the eligibility criteria and have been offered an exercise of discretion as part of ICE’s ongoing case-by-case review, ICE will immediately begin to offer them deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal.

For more information on the Administration policy reforms to date, please see this fact sheet.

Apr 26, 2010

ACLU Hits Back at Arizona's 'Your Papers!' Law

Update: AP: Arizona's new immigration law is unconstitutional

A civil liberties fight looms on Arizona's new look-like-an-immigrant law on Fourth Amendment and 14th Amendment grounds, as the political consequences of the newly signed statute look to dampen the GOP's appeal to America's largest-growing ethnic group.

The Obama adminstration stated last Friday it will "examine the civil rights ... implications of this legislation."

From the ACLU:

Arizona Immigration Law Threatens Civil Rights And Public Safety, Says ACLU

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer today signed into law Arizona's discriminatory immigration enforcement bill which requires law enforcement to question individuals about their immigration status during everyday police encounters. The law creates new immigration crimes and penalties inconsistent with those in federal law, asserts sweeping authority to detain and transport persons suspected of violating civil immigration laws and prohibits speech and other expressive activity by persons seeking work. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona strongly condemn the governor's decision to sign the unconstitutional law and are dismayed by her disregard for the serious damage it could cause to civil liberties and public safety in the state.

"Governor Brewer and the Arizona legislature have set Arizona apart in their willingness to sacrifice our liberties and the economy of this state," said Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director of the ACLU of Arizona. "By signing this bill into law, Brewer has just authorized violating the rights of millions of people living and working here. She has just given every police agency in Arizona a mandate to harass anyone who looks or sounds foreign, while doing nothing to address the real problems we're facing."

The new law, which will not go into effect for more than 90 days, requires police agencies across Arizona to investigate the immigration status of every person they come across whom they have "reasonable suspicion" to believe is in the country unlawfully. To avoid arrest, citizens and immigrants will effectively have to carry their "papers" at all times. The law also makes it a state crime for immigrants to willfully fail to register with the Department of Homeland Security and carry registration documents. It further curtails the free speech rights of day laborers and encourages unchecked information sharing between government agencies.

"Forcing local police to demand people's papers and arrest those who can't immediately prove their status will do nothing to make us safer," said Dan Pochoda, Legal Director of the ACLU of Arizona. "What it will do is divert scarce police resources to address false threats and force officers to prioritize immigration enforcement over all other public safety responsibilities. It is a dark day for Arizona when the goalof appeasing one state Senator, Russell Pearce, takes priority over fundamental rights and economic needs of residents."

Before the governor signed the bill, President Obama criticized it harshly, calling it "misguided" and saying that it threatens to "undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans." Obama promised to "closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation."

The president's statement is consistent with his longstanding opposition to anti-immigrant laws that attempt to bypass the federal government. As a senator, he lauded the 2007 legal ruling blocking the anti-immigrant law in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, calling the law "unconstitutional and unworkable."

Despite the president's statements, his administration has not taken strong action against state and local anti-immigrant laws, paving the way for extreme laws like the one signed today. Currently, the administration has a prime opportunity to take a stand on the issue, because the solicitor general will soon file a brief explaining the administration's position on Arizona's unconstitutional employer sanctions law, passed in 2007, which creates a state-level immigrant employment verification and sanctions regime.

"Actions speak louder than words," said Omar Jadwat, a staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. "As the federal government sits on its hands, Arizona's anti-immigrant brushfireshave turned into a firestorm. We call on the administration to file a brief categorically opposing Arizona's employer sanctions law to demonstrate its commitment to stopping anti-immigrant laws that interfere with federal authority, wreak havoc on businesses and cause discrimination against Latinos."

Additional materials on the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" signed by Governor Brewer today, including the ACLU of Arizona's analysis and written testimonies against the law, are available at:

The ACLU's cert petition in the Arizona employer sanctions case, Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America et al. v. Candelaria et al., is available at: