President Obama is right to talk about the need for a legislative solution, but with Congress deadlocked, the President has the power to take action now.

Yesterday, the President met with Latino celebrities and news personalities to talk about his push for comprehensive immigration reform. This followed a similar meeting with other leaders last week, a meeting which I attended. As many have pointed out, these aren’t the first meetings the White House has held on immigration, and they certainly won’t be the last.

29/04/11 a 10:53am por Maribel Hastings WASHINGTON – Aunque hay razones para celebrar el alza de votantes latinos en los comicios de medio tiempo de noviembre de 2010, según un informe del Centro Hispano Pew, también hay motivos de preocupación porque la cifra de latinos elegibles para votar que no lo hicieron también aumentó. Según… Continue »

The Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center have done it again, releasing a new “It’s a Wonderful Life”-esque report on what life in America would be like given a different immigration policy.

President Obama met with Latino media personalities Thursday to discuss immigration issues, reaffirming his commitment to reform and appealing to a key electorate block for his 2012 campaign. Obama and his aides met for an hour in the White House Roosevelt Room with a dozen people, including actresses Eva Longoria and America Ferrera and several hosts of Hispanic news programs.

President Barack Obama on Thursday appeared to rule out acting on his own to implement some provisions of an immigration reform bill that failed to win congressional approval last year. A White House statement issued after Obama met with “influential Hispanics” from across the country.

A California congresswoman Thursday called for an investigation into “misconduct, including possible violations of criminal law,” by federal immigration officials who misled local governments about a sweeping enforcement program that purported to prioritize violent convicted criminals for deportation.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., blasted the Obama administration Thursday night for deporting record numbers of people from the country and for breaking promises made to immigrant voters during the 2008 presidential campaign. “He came to our neighborhoods, he came to our communities, he gave speeches,” Gutierrez said.

When a group of immigration activists and children of immigrants flooded Senate President Mike Haridopolos’ office, the Republican leader defused the situation by meeting them and chatting with the kids. But he steadfastly refused to heed their call to use his power and stop an immigration crackdown bill. Haridopolos said his fellow senators were handling the bill — not him.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren called for an investigation into federal immigration practices, noting that ICE and DHS has forced local police departments into participating in the Secure Communities Program — an ICE-agency program designed to identify undocumented immigrants, prioritize them based on what kind of crime they’ve committed (if any), and process them for deportation.