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GOP Beware: If You Don’t Enact a Permanent Immigration Solution, the President Will Have to Step in to Provide a Temporary One

The Legal Authority and Political Consequences of Executive Action on Deportations In February, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) slammed the brakes on immigration reform.  Last week, President Obama ordered Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review his options for executive action to reduce deportations.  These developments beg the question: if the GOP continues to squander an … Continue reading »

Jay Carney: "Pretty Amazing" That House GOP Is Targeting DREAMers Again

Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney gave extended remarks on the GOP failure to pass immigration reform — and their foolish double-down on anti-immigrant policies like the bills to curb prosecutorial discretion being considered today.  Below is a transcript and video: Q    And then separately on immigration, House Republicans have introduced a couple of proposals … Continue reading »

UPDATE: Federal Grand Jury Indicts 24-Year Ohio Resident & Father of Two U.S. Citizens for Trying to Reunite with His Family

US Attorney, David J. Hickton, Uses Limited Dept. Resources to Prosecute Non-Criminal Immigrant Father, Who’s Been Model Citizen for 20 Years  Part of the Obama Administration’s “get tough” strategy on immigration has been to throw the book at ordinary undocumented immigrants and then claim credit for prioritizing the deportation of “criminal aliens.”  Case in point: … Continue reading »

President Obama's Bad Week on Immigration Reform Increases Pressure for Executive Action

It has not been a good week for President Obama.  (See the headlines here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here, just for starters.) Members of Congress have joined immigration advocates in pressuring Obama to stop deporting people who qualify for immigration reform. Here’s what’s happened in the last week alone: John Molina, a 46-year-old … Continue reading »

Obama Appointee David Hickton Targets 24-Year Ohio Resident & Father of Two US Citizens

Yesterday, in response to fierce and growing criticism about the Obama Administration’s record-breaking deportations, the President declared he was the “Champion-in-Chief” for immigration. Apparently, his political appointees haven’t gotten the message. We’ve known for years that the Department of Homeland Security, particularly ICE and Border Patrol, are out of control and their big boss—the President—has … Continue reading »

Senators Schumer, Durbin and Harkin Join Menendez in Calling Out Obama Over Deportations

Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have become the latest Senators to encourage President Obama to address his record rate of deportations. As Sen. Schumer told Politico in a statement today: We remain focused on passing a balanced immigration bill that secures our borders and fixes a broken system.  But if the House recesses … Continue reading »

What Does it Mean that Sen. Menendez and Janet Murguía Called on President Obama to Roll Back Deportations? Short-term Heartburn for the White House and Long-term Disaster for the GOP

During last evening’s 2014 NCLR Capital Awards dinner, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and NCLR President Janet Murguía both made impassioned pleas to President Obama to roll back the deportation machinery that rips families apart on a daily basis.  Without a doubt, this will increase pressure on the Obama Administration to take bold executive action.  But … Continue reading »

Rep. Gutierrez Immigration Quiz: Who is the Deporter-in-Chief?

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) spent time on the House floor today speaking about “Obama Derangement Syndrome,” defined by Dana Milbank of the Washington Post as an affliction in which “the president’s opponents are so determined to thwart him that they will reverse long-held views if they believe it will weaken his stature.” According to Gutierrez, … Continue reading »

Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal Would Slash Detention Bed Mandate 10%

The Obama budget proposal is out, and it would like to reduce the detention bed mandate by about 10%. DHS is currently required to fill 34,000 immigrant detention center beds every day, regardless of what current immigration levels are or what detained immigrants have done (or not done) to get there.  Members of Congress have repeatedly … Continue reading »

NCLR: President Obama is the "Deporter-in-Chief"

By mid-March, it is estimated that President Obama will have deported 2 million immigrants over the course of his presidency.  Years of record breaking deportation numbers will make him the president who has deported more immigrants than any other in history, and this week Obama is losing the support of one of his last-standing allies … Continue reading »