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President Threatens Executive Action, but not on Immigration - yet. By Roger Algase

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In his January 28 State of the Union address, President Obama threatened to use his executive powers on several issues if Congress doesn't act, but, notably, left immigration off the list. He also said little about immigration reform in general, except to urge Congress to get it done.

POLITICO explains the reason for this softer approach in its January 29 article: Republicans bash Obama for overstepping bounds:

"The president left Congress some breathing room on this issue, devoting little time in his address to immigration reform."


But, by asserting his right to use executive powers on other issues, the president, at least indirectly, made clear that if the House continues with its obstruction of immigration reform, further administrative action in this area too will not be off the table.

At least let us hope not.

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Updated 01-29-2014 at 02:53 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Nrappap766's Avatar
    The President's use of executive powers to achieve immigration objectives may be having a negative effect on immigration reform. House Republicans, such as Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte, see some of the President's executive actions as evidence that he will not be inclined to implement enforcement measures in any immigration reform bill that becomes law. This is a problem because Goodlatte and other key House Republicans want assurance that enforcement measures will be implemented to prevent a new group of undocumented aliens from taking the place of the ones who are legalized, i.e., the IRCA wipe-the-slate-clean deal.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    With all due respect, this argument is only one more red herring. All one has to do is compare the number of people whom President Obama has deported so far with the much lower number who were deported each year by the last Republican president.

    And what about the hundreds of billions of dollars which this administration has already spent on enforcement, not to mention the additional $46.3 billion "border security" boondoggle for defense contractors which the president and the Democrats have agreed to accept at Republican insistence in the Senate S.744 bill?

    Having said that, the only way to eliminate illegal immigration completely is to make our legal immigration system fairer and and less hostile to both skilled and unskilled immigrants.

    But the Republicans want to reduce what they call "chain migration" , i.e. legal immigration by Latinos and other non-whites. They are also throwing monkey wrenches, if nat roadside bombs, into the H-1B skilled worker program and other legal immigration programs, at the insistence of Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and others. Read S. 744.

    At some point, ideology has to give way to facts in the immigration debate. If the Republicans put forward a bill that actually gives relief to millions of out of status immigrants and makes legal immigration more equitable, by all means the Democrats should be flexible in reaching an agreement.

    But there is still no sign of any such bill, and the Republican "principles" may turn out to be nothing more than enforcement only repackaged as pseudo-"reform", unless the GOP leaders get rid of the influence of the Tea Party bigots among their base. This will be more easily said than done.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 01-30-2014 at 11:43 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. federale86's Avatar
    Impeachment is the answer to the Obama Regime's assault on the Constitution and it adherence to the interests of illegal aliens.
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