Opposing Legislative Reform and Executive Action Perpetuates Immigration Status Quo; Former AILA President David Leopold Explains Why Executive Action is Legal Two new opinion pieces, in Spanish and English, further two of the key points to understand regarding potential executive action on immigration: Doing nothing, either via legislation or executive action, is the true radical… Continue »

Last week, we noted that the real radical option on immigration policy would be for President Obama to do nothing.  Today, two of the world’s leading news outlets make a similar case, editorializing in favor of the president taking executive action on immigration, as the status quo of our deeply broken immigration system is untenable.… Continue »

A full-fledged commentariat debate has begun over whether President Obama should use his existing legal authority to help protect immigrants from deportation, but Daniel Costa today at the Economic Policy Institute blog writes about something he thinks everyone else is missing.  Yes, Obama’s existing powers allow him to de-prioritize the deportation of certain immigrants via prosecutorial discretion… Continue »

Affront to Democracy is House GOP Refusal to Bring 11 Million People Under Rule of Law, Not President Using Existing Legal Authority Yesterday, we highlighted analysis from a range of legal experts and observers who agree that President Obama has broad authority to act on immigration.  If you read only one piece on this, it has to… Continue »

Earlier today, we highlighted analysisfrom a range of legal experts and observers who have stated that President Obama has broad authority to act on immigration. Subsequently, Greg Sargent of the Washington Post’s “The Plum Line,” published a post entitled “How far can Obama go on deportations?”  It features in-depth interviews with John Sandweg, who was… Continue »

As news coverage starts to focus on whether or not President Obama will soon announce a new DACA-style program to protect immigrants who would qualify for the Senate immigration bill from deportation, it’s worth recalling the time that President Bush presided over an executive action on immigration. After the last push to pass legislative immigration… Continue »

The Washington Post editorializes today against President Obama using his executive authority to change immigration enforcement.  What’s curious is that a Post editorial from this past April stated: In fact, all law enforcement involves setting priorities.  Even most Republicans acknowledge that deporting 11 million illegal immigrants, many of whom are employed and have been present in… Continue »

This morning, DRM Action along with NDLON, Erika Andiola, Lorella Praeli, Eddie Carmona, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and Rep. Raul Grijalva hosted an all-star Congressional briefing on the Hill on what President Obama can do when he takes executive action on immigration reform later this summer.  Using the hashtag #GoBigObama, the group encouraged the President to take meaningful action to protect… Continue »

This week, President Obama made big headlines when he declared that legislative immigration reform was dead, castigated the GOP for inaction, and announced that he would take unilateral action later this summer to reform our immigration system. Today, a leaked memo from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus suggests five potential courses of action for Obama — five… Continue »