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Pressure Grows for Obama to Act Alone on Immigration Reform. By Roger Algase

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In the face of continuing Republican obstruction against immigration reform in the House of Representatives, pressure is growing for President Obama to take unilateral action to stop deportations of up to 11 million unauthorized immigrants. Fox News Latino has the latest update in a September 16 story Immigration Advocates To Put Pressure On Obama To Act On Reform.

Fox News Latino reports:

"Activists are stepping up acts of civil disobedience like the one last month in Phoenix where they blocked a bus full of immigrant detainees. And labor leaders plan to press the issue with a top White House official in a coming meeting...

'If Congress doesn't move, the president has a duty to act' said Ana Avendano, director of immigration and community action at the AFL-CIO. 'Just because the Republicans have buried their heads in the sand doesn't mean that the immigrant communities aren't feeing the sting of constant deportations'.

The article continues:

"Immigrant communities, meanwhile, are increasingly restive over the large number of deportations under the Obama administration...Activists say Obama should halt deportations of people who would be eligible for eventual citizenship under the Senate immigration bill., which the White House supports.

'There's a clear contradiction in the president's position right now,' said Chris Newman, legal director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. He's saying either House Republicans will come around on the path to citizenship, or I'll be forced to keep deporting people. And that's an untenable position.'"

And the article concludes:

"That's not stopping immigrant advocates from gaming out scenarios the administration could pursue, such as granting legal status to targeted groups of immigrants, perhaps to people who have been in the country a long time or whose children are US citizens.

'It's very clear from advocates' perspective, if legislation fails, we definitely will need to start pressuring the administration to act,' said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center."

Conventional wisdom is that eventually, next year (or the year after!) if not this year, enforcement-first (or only) House GOP leaders such as Eric Cantor, Bob Goodlatte and John Boehner will finally come around and allow the full House to vote on a reform bill or bills which could go into a joint conference with the Senate, leading to CIR passage in some acceptable form.

And yes, eventually, the foxes will be good guards for the chicken coop, and the lion will lie down with the lamb. But there is quite a way to go before any of the above happens. In the meantime, pressure on the president to act unilaterally will continue to grow, as more and more immigration advocates reach the conclusion that there is no other alternative.

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Updated 09-17-2013 at 07:31 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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