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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

OBAMA STRATEGY: TALK ABOUT IMMIGRATION, BUT AVOID ACTUALLY DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT

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This week, the President held another meeting with pro-immigration advocates where he proclaimed the need for immigration reform. Haven't we heard this time after time from the President? Running against the Republicans on this issue is a no brainer for the President. But what exactly is President Obama doing beyond giving speeches?


President Obama had both Houses of Congress in his first two years in office. Did he ever actually propose an immigration reform bill? No, he decided to let Congress sort it out for themselves rather than leading on the issue. And when he lost control of the House of Representatives, did he use the numerous executive powers at his disposal to address any of the failings in the current system? To date, he's not only done nothing in this regard, he's stated several times that the only way to address the problems in the immigration system is to wait on a paralyzed Congress to act. This is despite the numerous options spelled out for him by his own officials in a leaked memorandum.


Instead, he's ramped up immigration enforcement to levels greater than any President before him. He's enforcing a bar against same sex spouses being able to apply for immigration benefits despite his own Justice Department admitting the prohibition is unconstitutional. His immigration benefits agency USCIS has gotten progressively harsher and harsher in adjudicating work visa applications and green cards. He's deporting Haitians to a cholera-ridden country that is nowhere close to functioning normally since last year's devastating earthquake. And the list goes on and on.


Absent the speeches and the meetings, strictly judging by the ACTIONS of this Administration, this is arguably the most anti-immigrant White House we've seen in quite some time. Whether Latino voters and another pro-immigration constituencies support the President in 2012 fearing that the GOP candidate would be even worse is still an open question. But it does seem President Obama would do well to remember who delivered the 2008 election for him and who preserved the Democratic Senate. It's time to speak with your actions rather than delivering another eloquent speech.

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  1. Anon's Avatar
    Greg, very well summarized!
  2. Adi's Avatar
    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215409/H_1B_cap_change_sought_by_key_congressman

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215970/Another_key_Republican_calls_for_H_1B_cap_hike

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9208961/Top_H_1B_visa_user_of_2010_An_Indian_firm
  3. gg's Avatar

    A new study released by the Immigration Policy Center for tax day shows that at least half of the undocumented immigrants in this country pay income taxes. Add that to the sales and property taxes that those undocumented persons also pay and undocumented immigrants pay more in taxes than most wealthy Americans.

    http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/docs/Tax_Contributions_by_Unauthorized_Immigrants_041811.pdf

  4. Frank W.'s Avatar
    Barack Obama says one thing and does the opposite, there are many examples in his current mandate sustaining this assertion (i.e. according to the President no US ground troops will be committed to the ongoing military campaign against the Gaddafi regime; however, NATO is already preparing a "humanitarian force" to be deployed in Libya).

    Immigration is not longer an isolated issue; instead it is part of a complex social-economic-judicial system. This nation is experiencing extraordinary changes in many fronts, specially the economy: massive unemployment (many prestigious economists estimate that the REAL number is approaching 20%), uncontrollable spending, massive government debt, hyperinflation, etc.

    Americans in general are uneducated and ignorant, easy to manipulate and subdue; they do not have a single clue of how their immigration system works and it is very easy for any skilled sophist to paint an alarming picture that undocumented aliens are "stealing" their jobs.

    Moreover, members of Congress simply represent the interests of people and institutions that financed their campaigns, specifically banks; consequently, their agendas are dictated by these financial entities while their constituents are constantly brainwashed with tons of humbug about the Constitution and other patriotic nonsense.

    As soon as the Dollar collapses -check the price of Gold as the best indicator for this upcoming event- ordinary citizens in the US will desperately beg for any solution, specially the so-called "Baby Boomers" (the biggest segment of the populace). This generation of Americans know very well that their retirement benefits (specifically Social Security) largely depend on the contributions made by the active workforce, thus legalizing undocumented immigrants is a logical step to follow.

    The chances that Congress passes a comprehensive immigration reform next Fiscal year are almost zero, therefore, the only solution at this point is a Presidential decree: Obama has the LEGAL AUTHORITY to proceed in such direction and Congress can do little or nothing against this executive privilege.

    Besides that, it shouldn't be a surprise to witness that after the collapse of the US economy (people must start accepting this painful reality), a new order will emerge in which immigration will simply become an administrative process dictated by international guidelines. For example, Mexican and Canadians nationals living in the United States won't have the necessity of adjusting their immigration status, since they will be entitled to work in this country just by showing their national documents.

    As stated many times in the past, President Obama will issue an Executive Order granting some sort of legal protection to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States based on certain prerequisites and requirements: most likely a renewable work permit (government benefits will be denied to those people at this point) while mandating these individuals to register in DHS database and the Selective Service System as well.

    Watch for signals that will accelerate this event (Gold Spot Price 1.501,76 USD by the time this comment is posted)
  5. My 2 cents's Avatar
    Greg, a well written piece. Thanks for being blunt & forthright. I always believed that Obama would/could not deliver on the immigration front & your article justifies my thinking.
  6. Legal and still waiting's Avatar
    That's the problem with taking a first term Senator with no prior governance experience and placing him in the White House. The inexperience shows. This was further made worse by a chief of staff (Rahm) who was opposed to doing anything on immigration which had broader support than healthcare which a majority of Americans opposed.
  7. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Obama always reminds me of my old boss - very smart, good judgement, knows what is the right thing to do... however, always susceptible to the influence of spin and too careful which battles to fight. After a few of years, I got tired of acting as his conciousness, and left. Don't know who keeps him intellectually honest now and reminds that he is smarter/knows better than that. Goolsby seems to have had the balls for the job, but he left.
  8. Adi's Avatar
    Missing Bush already?
  9. Anon's Avatar
    Why blame Obama alone!!! Where is our very own Mr. Chuck Shcumer hiding? What happened to his immigration bill by labor day!! Not a single democrat has shown the courage to at least put a bill on the floor. This shows that both parties are not interested in fixing the current situation. What a shame!
  10. Another Voice's Avatar
    I agree with you Greg the President has the benefit that the Re****s are soooo far to the right that he will always seem like a helping hand. That is how the election will play out probably.... Latino voters will throw a hail-marry pass to the president hoping that this time he will come true with reform. With not much to hope for..... but these "meetings and news headlines" keep fanning the hope for reform and as the say in politics perception is reality.
  11. F's Avatar
    "Obama always reminds me of my old boss - very smart, good judgement, knows what is the right thing to do... however, always susceptible to the influence of spin and too careful which battles to fight. After a few of years, I got tired of acting as his conciousness, and left. Don't know who keeps him intellectually honest now and reminds that he is smarter/knows better than that. Goolsby seems to have had the balls for the job, but he left.

    "

    Thats called being good. I think any person in charge of something needs to have that mean streak to deliver or being able to get things done.

    I love Dick Cheney for that , I dont like his policies but at least he can deliver or he will try till the end (Ask Scooter Libby ).

  12. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    I am not missing Bush or Cheney, I just don't think they were good for this country, though I admit Cheney knew how to get things done (in a totally political old boys club clickish way). Scooter Libby thing reminds me of Cheney being a bit too used to get his way. Bush scored points in my book for being able to stand for what he believes on Libby.

    Why is it always the mean ones that have the balls?
  13. Sid's Avatar
    When Obama runs in 2012, he'll be judged by his handling of the economy alone. All other issues - immigration, wars, etc. are not that important to independent voters. CIR cannot be passed in the Senate using reconciliation the way Bush/Cheney passed the tax cuts. There's a lot of talk about how the Democrats caved in w.r.t. the Iraq war and most of that is pure nonsense. There was widespread support for the Iraq war before it came out that there were no WMDs and things started going south.

    There was a vote on the Dream Act in the Senate and it didn't pass. Deal with it. If legalization is the only thing that matters to Hispanic voters in times of huge deficits, high unemployment and a fragile economy, then frankly they fall in the same category as the birthers.
  14. Anonymous's Avatar
    There was a second leaked DHS memo: http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/dhs_draft_memo_09222010.pdf
  15. Jack's Avatar
    "But it does seem President Obama would do well to remember who delivered the 2008 election for him"

    Who are you referring to? Hopefully not the Latino vote because it's a fact they did not. How many more votes are there to gain from this portion of the electorate in light of how effectively Republicans have been demonized? Perhaps a considerable amount, but I suspect Obama calculates there are more votes at risk of losing if he engages in "executive options" so sitting tight makes political sense. A "triangulator" (if that's what he is) is not going to adopt the unconventional strategies favored by anti-enforcement extremists. He's obviously not buying the "Americans are pragmatic on immigration and will reward action" rhetoric. Action is riskier than no action so maybe he's content to just run out the clock while talking a good game to the "stakeholders". Maybe if he's losing badly he'll throw a Hail Mary in the form of executive action (but it would still be shocking).
  16. Jack's Avatar
    Very interesting memorandum, Anonymous. Thanks for posting.
  17. George Chell 's Avatar
    Neros (Obama and Jack and many others) fiddle while Rome (America) burns!

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110419/bs_yblog_thelookout/with-jobs-czar-under-fire-new-data-confirm-offshoring-trend

    At a time when we can do with more tax revenues, this is what they get us!
  18. gg's Avatar
    With prospects for an immigration overhaul looking dim, President Obama is facing increasing pressure from Latinos, Democratic lawmakers and immigrant groups to use his executive powers to offer relief from deportation to broad groups of illegal immigrants


    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/us/politics/21immigration.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print
  19. OkayYeahWhat's Avatar
    Obama has a half-half chance of winning 2012 Latino vote. If all that it takes is making false promises on immigration and doing nothing about it, Republican candidates are as good at it as Obama is.
  20. George Chell 's Avatar
    "About half of all H-1B visas are used by technology companies, but there's a long list of other industries that use it as well, to hire fashion models, pastry chefs, dancers, social workers and photographers, Smith said.

    Smith said he's "not sure" whether some of those non-tech occupations "are as crucial to our success in the global economy as are computer scientists.""

    Never have been a fan of Lamar Smith. I seriously believe that he is a lunatic, deluded and has no understanding of the global economy. Here he probably speaks the truth. I would like to have the breakdown of H1-Bs by occupations. But, this is something I have suspected all along. Interesting racists at CIS, FAIR and other anti-immigrant groups make an issue of programmers and engineers while no issue is made of photographers, fashion models and actors. Why? Because the former profession happens to be mostly non-white while the latter is white. Unemployment is perhaps a lot higher for photographers, actors and fashion models. Aspiring Asian American actors who look pretty attractive tell me that they cannot break into Hollywood even when roles are essentially Asian in culture or Essence (the Last Airbender). Yet no complaints from bigots at FAIR and CIS. Now, we are probaby only admitting about 35,000 engineers in the 65,000 quota out of about two million jobs available every year and 18 million total number of jobs (not including Phds who are not subject to cap). Yet, the bigots and misguided people like Ronil Hira make a big issue and talk a lot of nonsense. It all comes down to ethnicity. Antis are antis because of skin color, nothing to do with the American worker!

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