It appears Republicans and Democrats as far apart on immigration reform as they have ever been. President Barack Obama suggested Thursday it would be wise to broaden his “informal amnesty for illegal immigrants.”
During an election year, with Democrats expected to pay a heavy price for Obamacare, this statement sounds like voting strategy to boost the Latino vote.
Count on Obama’s suggestion to stifle progressive’s pie-in-the-sky idea to win congressional amnesty for approximately 12 million illegal immigrants while doubling annual migration of immigrants and guest-workers.
In a patronizing talk with congressional Hispanics, the White House said, “The President emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system.”
The White House further said that Obama “told the members that he has asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the Department’s current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law.”
Many Hispanic groups are advocating zero deportations under the slogan, “Not One More,” much to the annoyance of lawmakers attempting to form some coalition for sensible immigration change.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), one of the more outspoken Hispanics on Capitol Hill said, “It is clear that the pleas from the community got through to the President. The President clearly expressed the heartbreak he feels because of the devastating effect that deportations have on families.”
Should Obama choose to issue regulations that effectively end enforcement against some groups of illegals, it could mean the end of any chance for immigration reform before the election.
But this time around, Obama is powerless since only Congress can actually change the law, which denies residency to foreigners unless they go through the legal immigration system.
President Obama has met with hostility on all bills coming before him in recent months. The GOP leaders have said they can’t pass immigration bills until they’re reassured by Obama that he will enforce the sections of laws that he does not like.
That is unlikely, thus congressional gridlock once again.
Obama’s planned strategy to gain Hispanic support will make it almost impossible for GOP leaders already skeptical of Obama’s political motives to claim they can fully trust Obama to enforce any new immigration law.
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