by Javier Rodriguez 18 Feb 2013
To friends and family, this attached article is a must to begin to perceive the political intensity developing in the Capital over the mandate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform brought forth by the 2012 November presidential elections. For the first time since President Obama made the assertive comments that if congress fails to act on reform for the millions of people living in the shadows he will. Congressmen Xavier Becerra, the fifth ranked democrat in the House of reps and Raul Grijalba, President of the 100 member Democratic Progressive Caucus mention the possible executive measures Obama may take such as:
“plenty” of executive steps Obama could take if Congress fails to pass a reform package. “The huge one,” Grijalva said, is “the waiving of deportation” in order to keep families together.”
“…. the deferred action that was taken with the Dream Act, I think that can be done for family members,”
“….if Congress continued to fail to act that he would take steps and measures to enact common-sense executive orders to move this country forward.”
The comment on applying executive decision to extend deferred to families really hit a republican raw nerve and it comes from high ranking Latino members of the political class.
Dems: Obama can act unilaterally on immigration reform
By Mike Lillis – 02/16/13 08:00 AM ET
President Obama can – and will – take steps on immigration reform in the event Congress doesn’t reach a comprehensive deal this year, according to several House Democratic leaders.
While the Democrats are hoping Congress will preclude any executive action by enacting reforms legislatively, they say the administration has the tools to move unilaterally if the bipartisan talks on Capitol Hill break down. Furthermore, they say, Obama stands poised to use them.
“I don’t think the president will be hands off on immigration for any moment in time,” Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), the head of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters this week. “He’s ready to move forward if we’re not.”
Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, echoed that message, saying Obama is “not just beating the drum,” for immigration reform, “he’s actually the drum major.”
“There are limitations as to what he can do with executive order,” Crowley said Wednesday, “but he did say that if Congress continued to fail to act that he would take steps and measures to enact common-sense executive orders to move this country forward.”
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), who heads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said there are “plenty” of executive steps Obama could take if Congress fails to pass a reform package. “The huge one,” Grijalva said, is “the waiving of deportation” in order to keep families together.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/administration/283583-dems-recognize-that-obama-can-act-unilaterally-on-immigration-reform#ixzz2LEkfWw92
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