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WHITE HOUSE PRESSURING DEMOCRATIC CRITICS IN CONGRESS?

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Bloomberg News is reporting that White House representatives placed pressure on critics of the Administration's tough enforcement policies not to hold a press conference last month on the issue. Members of the House held a news conference to urge President Obama to use his executive power to protect families facing removal or separation because one parent is illegally as well as to prevent the deportation of potential DREAM Act recipients.



'The staffers that are attached to us, the liaisons, they transmitted some concern,' said
Representative Mike Honda of California, a former chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, referring to the White House legislative affairs office. 'They would have loved us not to have gone to the press conference.'


At least three Democrats -- Representatives Honda, Judy Chu of California and Keith Ellison of Minnesota -- said they were contacted about the event. Representatives Yvette Clarke of New York and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who, like Ellison, are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, were scheduled to attend and didn't, according to their offices. Neither Clarke nor Lee could be reached for comment.

'Not everybody who usually shows up, showed up,' Honda said.


The absences were noted by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 'I heard some people got called,' said Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva, a former president of the caucus. 'I didn't.'


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  1. USC's Avatar
    EB2 India to move forward "rapidly" for the remainder of the year:

    http://www.usimmlaw.com/current_information.htm

  2. Frank W.'s Avatar
    Pay attention to this paragraph extracted from "Call for change stirs East Boston immigrants":

    "While acknowledging that Republicans have blocked some of the president's efforts, Gutierrez urged Obama to use his authority to act independently of Congress to establish a 'parole-in-place' policy that would let undocumented immigrants remain in the country while immigration policy is overhauled."
    Source:
    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/04/04/east_boston_immigrants_hear_calls_for_new_policy/?page=1

    Barack Obama didn't bother to request Congress the authorization to start bombing Libya since the War Powers Act of 1973 grants him the legal authority to proceed in such direction. Consequently, US Congress is IRRELEVANT at this point.

    As stated many times in the past, President Obama will issue an Executive Order that grants some sort of legal protection to millions of undocumented aliens living in the United States based on certain prerequisites or requirements.


  3. What an executive order? Hmm's Avatar
    I think this the right moment to do so, when congress is fighting over Budget.
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    The funny part about the whole thing is that the whole enforcement only approach was supposed to show them as the Immigration enforcers in order to be able to score points to pass CIR or something like CIR. Now they have played that hand and the republicans are still not going to help with anything immigration....I guess the administration got played here!!! Enough polls show that people support fixing the immigration system no need to play the republican game....to what end?
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