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The postponement of increased use of administrative discretion may make matters worse instead of better. It leaves the republicans wondering how "bad" the changes are going to be if the president thinks revealing them would kill any remaining chance of getting an immigration bill through the house. The only thing the republicans want to hear is that there won't be an increase in the use of such discretion and that the current policy is going to be cut back.
Apropos Immigration Daily's May 28 editorial, President Obama's "leadership" on immigration reform is exactly in tune with that shown by a comic figure in Gilbert and Sullivan's famous operetta: The Gondoliers.
The relevant passage is as follows:
In enterprise of martial kind,
When there was any fighting,
He led his regiment from behind-
He found it less exiting.
But when away his regiment ran,
His place was in the fore, O-
The Duke of Plaza-Toro!
Attorney at Law
I am very upset with the house and senate that this issue still is unfinished. I feel many in congress are worried about more people coming in if we make legal the people who are here. Why do we not do the workers programs again and make it easier for people to come. Here in the Salinas Valley area we are short works who will work in the fields. In fact, they have plowed over fields because of lack of workers. I know that this year we have a water shortage also, but we still have a huge shortage of people willing to work in the fields. Perhaps the people who have filed for unemployment should have to work in the fields regardless of the job skills instead of getting unemployment. I know of many who could have jobs but don?t want to work who are getting unemployment. Therefore I don?t believe these numbers. Here at my job, we have offered people work, but they stay on unemployment instead. At least with the worker programs, the people are willing to work. I am very tired of congress reasons for not getting this done and their being so negative on people coming here. For the people that are already here. I fell it is better for us to know who they are and have a background on them then not having an idea who we have here.
Thank you for this information. I am hoping action will be taken as soon as possible. I am working with a family whose father has been deported and his wife and son have been left behind. The wife is scheduled for departing the country at the end of July. Immigration authorized her and the boy (14) to stay until he graduates from middle school. Their lawyer tells them that if immigration reform or the executive order goes through they may have a chance to stay until the boy is eligible for DACA and maybe the father can be reunited with them. This family is top rate. They have never broken any laws--not even a traffic ticket. They have the support of many local American families who feel anxious because they can do nothing to prevent them from leaving St. Louis.
Please keep up the good information
Concepcion De La Cruz
Unfortunately, whether the father you mention in your letter is allowed to return when immigration reform is enacted will depend in part on whether the immigration reform bill is really comprehensive, i.e., whether it includes IIRIRA fixes. The only bill I know of that would include all of those fixes is the one I wrote for Congresswoman Jackson Lee. She is very serious about the need to prevent IIRIRA from keeping families apart, which is only one of many reasons for making such fixes part of any immigration reform bill that is supposed to be "comprehensive." For information about her bill, see http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/1525