Barack Obama is a mist. He appears from nowhere and isn’t able to really be defined.
Immigration reform is probably the one issue that defines him best and with the House Republican leadership – John Boehner – making new noises about passing “immigration reform” it’s important to take a look at the players.
Boehner has taken to mumbling about immigration reform while trying to make believe he cares about border security. He’s trying to pacify everybody and will likely end up angering everybody.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a pretty good idea of what immigration reform in the House is going to look like. He just doesn’t know when it’s going to happen.
Addressing the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Monday in San Antonio, Boehner said he wanted to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws “in chunks” over a period of a week or two to a month. The process would likely begin with border security measures, and it would address the crucial question of citizenship for illegal immigrants in a way that he said would “pass the straight-face test” for people who have already gone through the arduous process legally.
But none of that will happen, Boehner reiterated, until President Obama builds back trust with Republicans in Congress.
We have an opinion on that; we just won’t utter it here, this being a family site. We will note that the Speaker seems concerned about “build[ing]back trust with Republicans I Congress” when he should be more concerned about building trust with the American people.
We find it even more interesting that some people, notably groups like LaRaza, think President Obama is too tough on illegals.
President Barack Obama has lost the nation’s largest Latino advocacy organization.
The National Council of La Raza is set to declare Obama “the deporter-in-chief” and demand that he take unilateral action to stop deportations.
“We consider him the deportation president, or the deporter-in-chief.”
Let’s take the two main characters in this dance one at a time.
First of all, Speaker Boehner. The Speaker is owned by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Republican Establishment. Despite his protests to the contrary, he doesn’t give a damn about the American people, border security, or the President’s reputation with his colleagues. What he cares about is making sure the Chamber and their buddies have low cost labor. He certainly doesn’t give a rip about American workers.
Which brings us to President Obama.
First, let us note that LaRaza doesn’t know, well, squat. While deportations were up slightly in the first few years of Obama, he has overseen making the southern border a sieve. Border Patrol is under orders to catch and release and if they’re under attack to retreat.
On March 13, President Obama ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review its deportation practices, acknowledging the toll that record-high deportation rates are taking on local communities. A White House statement issued later that day read, “The president emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system.”
The President’s pledge came in response to growing pressure from immigrant rights advocates and progressive Democrats…
The President has also overseen the real outrage of immigration reform, he’s loosened deportation rules to the point where nobody has to go home.
Nearly 200 murderers, over 400 rapists, and 300 kidnappers in the U.S. illegally were released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while awaiting deportation proceedings, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
A total of 36,007 criminal illegal immigrants that were being processed for deportation were freed in 2013. Together, they committed nearly 88,000 crimes, according to the report, published Monday.
That report, which was based on internal Department of Homeland Security documents, showed that ICE encountered over 193,000 illegal immigrant convicts. Charging documents were issued for 125,000, and nearly 68,000 were released.
That review also found that 870,000 illegal immigrants had been removed from ICE dockets despite being in defiance of the law. The number of illegal aliens targeted for deportation fell 28 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to the documents.
The 36,007 illegal immigrants reported Monday were freed by ICE during the final disposition of their cases. The 68,000 from the previous report were criminals who encountered ICE agents — often in jails — but were released without undergoing deportation proceedings.
So, I hear you’re a murderer. Yes sir. OK, you’re free to go.
That summarizes current immigration policy. And you should know that Barack and John are in lock step on that policy.
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