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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Obama: Take Romney at His Word

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I was really surprised when Romney took such harsh immigration positions during the primary since it would really hard to tack back to the middle during the general election campaign. And now we see just how hard. President Obama's biggest applause line in his well-received speech at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) -



Your speaker from yesterday has a different view.  In his speech, he said that when he makes a promise to you, he'll keep it.  Well, he has promised to veto the DREAM Act, and we should take him at his word.  (Applause.)  I'm just saying.  (Laughter and applause.)



And Obama had reason to look forward to the NALEO meeting. America's Voice has just released a poll of Latino voters in five swing states and Obama's lead is mammoth. In Arizona, Florida, Colorado, Nevada and Virginia, the President leads by 63 to 27%. The polls also show a tremendous jump in enthusiasm about voting for the President which could be critical in terms of turnout in the fall election.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    "With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order -- that's just not the case. Because there are laws on the books, that Congress has passed -- and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know we've got three branches of government. Congress passes the laws. The Executive branch's job is to enforce and implement the laws, and then the Judiciary has to interpret the laws. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system, that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president."

    That sounded like a promise too and he broke it--just saying.
  2. gg's Avatar
    Now Romney is going to go after this ...

    "The Dorgan amendment is a classic poison pill: designed to kill, not improve, the bill. Its passage makes resurrection of immigration reform all the more difficult. Decisive votes by DeMint and Obama were not appreciated by the bipartisan group that had crafted the bargain intended to secure America's borders while permitting an orderly flow of temporary workers. "

    http://www.creators.com/conservative/robert-novak/dorgan-s-poison-pill.html
  3. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Jack, you should really stop watching that stupid channel. The President then goes on to explain how an executive order should be used, and have been used in the past.
  4. gg's Avatar
    Deadly plan to deport families of dreamers behind new dream policy

    Dream policy most likely to flop as many dreamers unlikely to come forward - worries of exposing families address and location


    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/234443-immigrant-advocates-worry-obama-policy-will-cause-new-headaches

  5. Jack's Avatar
    "The President then goes on to explain how an executive order should be used, and have been used in the past."

    What are you referring to?


    Here's an interesting legal critique of Obama's action:

    8 U.S.C. ? 1225(a)(1) provides that "an alien present in the United States who has not been admitted . . . shall be deemed for purposes of this chapter an applicant for admission."

    * This triggers 8 U.S.C. ? 1225(b)(2)(A), which mandates that if the immigration officer determines that the alien is unlawfully present, the alien must be placed in deportation proceedings: "In the case of an alien who is an applicant for admission, if the examining immigration officer determines that an alien seeking admission is not clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted, the alien shall be detained for a proceeding under section 1229a of this title."


    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_dream_order_isn_legal_4WAYaqJueaEK6MS0onMJCO


    Hmmm...I wonder if those are the statutes Obama was referring to when he said:

    "laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system"

    That would be a great question to ask him, wouldn't it?



  6. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Jack, pu-leez, we all know that nothing short of "deport them/you all" is going to be satisfactory for you.
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