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Obama preps next border action
The Hill ^ | August 2, 2014 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 08/02/2014 12:33:03 PM PDT by jazusamo

President Obama is expected to take executive action to help illegal immigrants stay in the country while Congress is away on a five-week recess, pro-immigrant advocates said Saturday.

Obama and his allies believe his authority to act without legislative approval has been strengthened by congressional gridlock over comprehensive reform.

“I’ve heard not to expect anything until toward the end of August. They’ve been listening to suggestions by advocates over what could be done. The president has yet to make a decision about what steps he plans to take,” said Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the president makes some kind of announcement before the end of August, prior to the Congress returning.”

White House officials have met in recent weeks with a variety of advocacy groups and stakeholders to review proposals for executive action. A vote in the House Friday to speed the deportation of unaccompanied minors from Central America and halt Obama’s 2012 executive order deferring action on illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age has hardened the resolve of groups pressing for executive action.

“After what the House GOP did yesterday, it marks a long stream of failures to deal with the issue or deal with it responsibly. They have reaffirmed time and time again that the president needs to stem in and we believe that, the president needs to step in,” said Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, deputy vice president of advocacy and legislation at the National Council of La Raza.

“They have said since earlier this year that they were going to look at the end of the summer if Congress didn’t move,” she added. “The deportation issue has been something that’s been in people’s mind for a very long time."

Pro-immigrant advocates have loudly complained about the pace of deportations during Obama’s tenure, dubbing him the “deporter-in-chief.”

Obama told reporters Friday the lack of action by the House on comprehensive reform has opened the door for him to act unilaterally.

“Even though they’ve been sitting on a bipartisan immigration bill for over a year, House Republicans suggested that since they don't expect to actually pass a bill that I can sign, that I actually should go ahead and act on my own to solve the problem,” he said.

He pledged to take executive action this month to address a surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have been apprehended on the Texas border.

Senior Democratic senators such as Bob Menendez (N.J.) have called on Obama to halt deportations of illegal immigrants whose immediate family members are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Menendez said last week the president should act soon because House Republicans made it clear “they [are] not going to have a vote on immigration reform,” calling that signal a “trigger moment.”

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said, “the sooner, the better.”

Pro-immigrant groups have presented Obama with other options for executive action.

One proposal would have him drop the three- and 10-year waiting periods for immigrants applying for permanent legal residence after having lived in the United States illegally.

Immigrants with less than one year of illegal residence must leave the country and are barred from returning for a period of three years while they wait for their applications to process. The 10-year bar applies to immigrants who have lived in country illegally for more than a year.

These restrictions have made it extremely difficult for immigrants who are married to a U.S. citizen or sponsored by an employer to obtain legal status since prospective applicants are often unwilling to leave the United States such long times.

The federal government currently may waive these requirements if an applicant demonstrates they would impose extreme hardship.

“There are all kinds of things the president can do to help out different categories of immigrants,” Wilkes said. “We suggested things that would help people get around the bars to admissibility because there are a lot of folks that have a legal process to apply for and haven’t been able to do so because of the bars to admissibility.”

Martínez-De-Castro said Obama has the authority to empower immigration officials to use more discretion over whether defer deportation proceedings against illegal residents who have otherwise followed the law or have long-standing ties to the country.

“The hope is that the president uses executive action within his authority to establish a case-by-case process where they continue be able to prioritize national security and public safety and not focus on people who mean no harm and have very established roots in the community,” she said.

She said the president through unilateral action can reform the immigration system as much as possible to reflect the goals of the comprehensive immigration reform bill Senate Democrats and 14 Senate Republicans passed last year.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; executiveorders; illegalactivists; illegals; immigration; obama
A sad state of affairs when a president works with illegal immigration activist groups and uses their arguments to support his unilateral actions.

In reality it's criminal

1 posted on 08/02/2014 12:33:03 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo


What do we even need a Congress for?
2 posted on 08/02/2014 12:35:51 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: jazusamo
The Chinese built The Great Wall. You'd think we could - if anybody in power actually cared. I had hoped Bush would do this but now I realize fat chance a Bush would fight for American sovereignty.
3 posted on 08/02/2014 12:40:22 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: jazusamo; Liz; AuntB; La Lydia; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; ...

so Barry plans to help illegal aliens flaunt and break the laws of our country...

so whats new ???

both he and his buddies the illegal aliens hate America...


4 posted on 08/02/2014 12:42:04 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: jazusamo

Why should ICE and Border Patrol carry out his illegal orders when he refuses to obey the law forbidding the transportation and aiding illegals? They took an oath to uphold the Constitution, and everyone knows the president can’t make laws.


5 posted on 08/02/2014 12:43:03 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: jazusamo
Obama and his allies believe his authority to act without legislative approval has been strengthened by congressional gridlock over comprehensive reform.

I distinctly remember reading the section of the Constitution where it says that the President is empowered to take unilateral action in the event of congressional gridlock over comprehensive reform. /s

6 posted on 08/02/2014 12:43:48 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: jazusamo

This will not end well.


7 posted on 08/02/2014 12:44:51 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: Zeppo

Exactly...When reading this I was wondering where in the Constitution or what laws give him the authority for unilateral action on immigration law because of congressional gridlock.


8 posted on 08/02/2014 12:50:28 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

He might as well. The USA has been gone for a while now.


9 posted on 08/02/2014 12:50:33 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: jazusamo

I miss the rule of law.


10 posted on 08/02/2014 12:50:47 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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11 posted on 08/02/2014 12:51:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

We need to send him as well as the illegals to mexico for good


12 posted on 08/02/2014 12:54:23 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: jazusamo

“Obama and his allies believe his authority to act without legislative approval has been strengthened by congressional gridlock”

I can’t find the clause in the U.S. Constitution that says the President has special, strengthened authority when there is Congressional gridlock.

Can anyone help me out here?


13 posted on 08/02/2014 1:01:26 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: jazusamo
Obama and his allies believe his authority to act without legislative approval has been strengthened by congressional gridlock over comprehensive reform.

Under what Constitution? Certainly not the USAs!

14 posted on 08/02/2014 1:02:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: jazusamo
U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 4:

The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,

and shall protect each of them against invasion


15 posted on 08/02/2014 1:02:46 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: jazusamo

I can only hope the lines at the voting booth are long, well past closing time . . . reminiscent of the first time I voted and stood in line until almost 9 p.m. in Arlington TX to cast my vote for Ronald Reagan. I had driven almost 350 miles that day to go and drive my recently widowed grandmother to the polls and got back before 7 to vote myself. Sad to say, I let my other grandmother drive herself . . . she voted for the other guy, a die-hard Dem, in TX we called them yellow dog Dems.

I hope the whole United States of America turns BRIGHT RED from coast to coast in a veto proof repudiation of the Dems and their Dear Leader.

Probably won’t happen . . . but I can hope.


16 posted on 08/02/2014 1:05:56 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Worst 8 years ever, First Affirmative Action President, I hope those who did this to us SUFFER MOST!)
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To: jazusamo

Let me guess Obama will be giving a Pile of Insanely Boring Speeches while Congress is away on a five-week recess


17 posted on 08/02/2014 1:09:13 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Travis McGee
BTTT!
18 posted on 08/02/2014 1:09:38 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

“Even though they’ve been sitting on a bipartisan immigration bill for over a year, House Republicans suggested that since they don’t expect to actually pass a bill that I can sign, that I actually should go ahead and act on my own to solve the problem,” he said.

Oh really Mr. president?
OK, name them, go ahead...

It’s my theory that the house passed this bill at the
last minute knowing it would spur Obama to act on his
own and give them more evidence for impeachment.

Obama may say they haven’t acted, but here is a bill
passed to deal with the problem...


19 posted on 08/02/2014 1:17:06 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Qwackertoo

I hope you are right. At this point I am even willing to win with the likes of Thad Cochran of Mississippi if that is what it takes.


20 posted on 08/02/2014 1:49:44 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan! (Mrs. Yellowdoghunter))
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21 posted on 08/02/2014 1:50:10 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: jazusamo

Maxine had a different take on the problem

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it
on my back porch and filled it
with seed. What a beauty of
a bird feeder it was, as I filled it
lovingly with seed.
Within a week we had hundreds of birds
taking advantage of the
continuous flow of free and
easily accessible food.

But then the birds started
building nests in the boards
of the patio, above the table,
and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was
everywhere: on the patio tile,
the chairs, the table .
everywhere!

Then some of the birds
turned mean. They would
dive bomb me and try to
peck me even though I had
fed them out of my own
pocket.

And others birds were
boisterous and loud. They
sat on the feeder and
squawked and screamed at
all hours of the day and night
and demanded that I fill it
when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn’t even
sit on my own back porch
anymore. So I took down the
bird feeder and in three days
the birds were gone. I cleaned
up their mess and took down
the many nests they had built
all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like
it used to be ........ quiet, serene....
and no one demanding their
rights to a free meal.

Now let’s see......
Our government gives out
free food, subsidized housing,
free medical care and free
education, and allows anyone
born here to be an automatic
citizen.

Then the illegal’s came by the
tens of thousands. Suddenly
our taxes went up to pay for
free services; small apartments
are housing 5 families; you
have to wait 6 hours to be seen
by an emergency room doctor;
Your child’s second grade class is
behind other schools because
over half the class doesn’t speak
English.

Corn Flakes now come in a
bilingual box; I have to
‘press one ‘ to hear my bank
talk to me in English, and
people waving flags other
than ”ours” are
squawking and screaming
in the streets, demanding
more rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe
it’s time for the government
to take down the bird feeder.


22 posted on 08/02/2014 2:20:24 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: jazusamo

What’s even worse is that he has such blatant disrespect for the constitution that if the Congress doesn’t bend to his will he feels that gives him the power to do as he pleases.

And what’s worser still he fully believes he’ll get away with it.

And he will unless the we the people rise up with pitchforks.

And the worsest part of all..
We won’t.


23 posted on 08/02/2014 2:22:21 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: jazusamo

Fock the fraud Barry Soetoro. Douchebag of DC.


24 posted on 08/02/2014 2:22:44 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: jazusamo

Traitor.


25 posted on 08/02/2014 2:25:37 PM PDT by jumpingcholla34 (.)
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To: yellowdoghunter

http://www.ontheissues.org/international/Thad_Cochran_Immigration.htm


26 posted on 08/02/2014 2:27:33 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives.)
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To: Don Corleone

Good one, and that video is hilarious.


27 posted on 08/02/2014 2:28:51 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: yellowdoghunter

Numbers are all. Unless we get the numbers, even if they’re individually bad, nothing is going to happen.

Cochran is an embarrassment - when I started reading about the race there, I couldn’t believe that the good voters of that state had reelected him so many times. But be that as it may, he’s a number on our side.


28 posted on 08/02/2014 2:36:24 PM PDT by livius
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To: Telepathic Intruder
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Just wait until October 2014 ...

when all those "innocent" American school-kids are getting semi-lethal diseases from those "Trojan Horse" illegal alien "orphans" ...

and their parents and grand-parents are freaked-out over the sickness and hospital bills.

Those same parents and grandparents will want to "hang" the Democrat-RINO political whores who've spawned that medical nightmare.

This will be the political equivalent of the movie "There will be Blood".


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29 posted on 08/02/2014 6:05:58 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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To: jazusamo

“Obama and his allies”

Odd phrase, that. It makes one think that Obama and his followers believe that anyone with an opinion different from them is a mortal enemy, and that they are at war with normal American citizens... Oh wait...


30 posted on 08/02/2014 6:42:01 PM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: jazusamo
Obama. What a fool. A deadly fool.

Obama: Doesn't he realize that his life after the White House will be a living hell if he instantly legalizes 6 million illegals at the end of this summer when America is shouting over and over "NO! NO!"

31 posted on 08/03/2014 7:30:52 PM PDT by john mirse
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