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WHITE HOUSE FIRES BACK AGAINST GRAHAM

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White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters yesterday that the President's support for comprehensive immigration reform is unwavering, but that he can't do it alone. From the Dallas Morning News:

"The president has been a strong advocate and proponent of immigration reform," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

But, he added: "This can't just be President Obama. This can't just be President Obama and the Democratic Senate. Quite frankly, it probably can't just be President Obama, the Democratic Senate and Lindsey Graham. It has to be others."

On Sunday, Graham, R-S.C., complained about Obama's lack of interest and threatened to abandon his effort with Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to craft an immigration bill that attracts bipartisan support.

"The
president promised to pass the immigration reform bill in his first
year. They have done almost nothing in the White House on immigration,"
Graham said on NBC's Meet the Press. "Let him do some heavy lifting here on immigration."

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  1. My 2 cents's Avatar
    If Obama can show 1/3 of the effort he took for HCR he could get more Cans aboard than the Dems for CIR. I do agree with what Graham the WH needs to be proactive. Obama is shifting to energy now with the off shore drilling. If his committment isn't sincere with immigration reform would wish for a rout of the Dems in November.
  2. Anoop's Avatar
    President Obama did not wait for republican's support for health care, why suddenly he wants to have a bipartisan immigration reform. The bottom line is he does not have the same commitment to CIR as to health care. He promised many things during campaign and he got the votes! Now who cares till next presidential election!!
  3. Dan's Avatar
    If this thing doesn't move forward. Then I can only say these two words; lip service.
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    Bi-partisan support on CIR is just political cover in case he does not get it done, Graham has a point the WH has to do some heavy lifting... or it will not happen, I think he is going to save it after the November elections and if(big IF) they can do it based on how congress turns out then he will try to have that as a victory towards the 2012 campaign.
  5. Another Voice's Avatar
    For Immediate Release

    Supreme Court Decision Protects Right to Immigration Advice


    March 31, 2010

    Washington D.C. - The American Immigration Council applauds today's Supreme Court decision on the right to counsel for noncitizens charged with committing a crime. The Court held that criminal defense lawyers must advise their noncitizen clients about the risk of deportation if they accept a guilty plea. The Court recognized that current immigration laws impose harsh and mandatory deportation consequences onto criminal convictions, and that Congress eliminated from these laws the Attorney General's discretionary authority to cancel removal in meritorious cases. The Court said, "These changes to our immigration law have dramatically raised the stakes of a noncitizen's criminal conviction. The importance of accurate legal advice for noncitizens accused of crimes has never been more important."

    The case, Padilla v. Kentucky, involved a Vietnam War veteran who has resided lawfully in the U.S. for over 40 years. His criminal defense lawyer told him not to worry about the immigration consequences of pleading guilty to a crime, but that advice was wrong. In fact, the guilty plea made Mr. Padilla subject to mandatory deportation from the United States. The state of Kentucky said that Mr. Padilla had no right to withdraw his plea when he learned of the deportation consequence. Today's decision reverses the Kentucky court. It also rejected the federal government's position (which had been adopted by several courts) that a noncitizen is protected only from "affirmative misadvice" and not from a lawyer's failure to provide any advice about the immigration consequences of a plea.

    "The right to counsel is at the very core of our criminal justice system. The Court affirms that immigrants should not be held accountable when they rely on incorrect advice from their lawyers or where counsel fails to provide any immigration advice at all," said Beth Werlin, an attorney at the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center. "Today's decision also reminds us that ultimately, the increased criminalization of immigration law and lack of flexibility has resulted in harsh results. Congress should do its part to restore immigration judges' discretion to consider the particular circumstances in a person's case, thus affording each person facing deportation an individualized and fair opportunity to be heard."


    For more background on this Supreme Court's decision, read the Legal Action Center's blog post
  6. beppe's Avatar
    this time i agree with Graham
  7. USC's Avatar
    How many Can's did Obama suceed in getting aboard on HCR?

    Senators = 0
    Congressmen = 0.

    How many Can's are onboard CIR thus far?

    Senators = 1
    Congressmen = ?

    Who has a better chance of getting more Can's onboard, a fellow Can like Graham or someone like Obama?
  8. DG's Avatar
    ..nothing is going to get done.
    The hispanic caucus is holding the ENTIRE, LEGAL, EMPLOYMENT BASED immigrant community to ransom, by blocking any efforts to provide these legally present, often US educated, pool of engineers, nurses, doctors and scientists from getting any immigration relief.

    The president NEVER wanted to do anything for Immigration relief. There may be a half-*** effort and they might put up a dog and pony show to able to say to the illegal alien community that "hey, look, we tried...." but that is that...
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