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Friday, September 30, 2016

Broad Immigration Reform Is Obama’s Goal For Second Term

Broad Immigration Reform Is Obama’s Goal For Second Term

Among Latinos, President Obama’s broken promise to fix the nation’s dysfunctional immigration system remains a bitter reminder of the limits of politics. The president shored up his support among that critical demographic with his DREAM Act Lite, a presidential directive that could give about a million young undocumented persons work permits for two years.

But the larger problem remains: Millions of people who hope to become American citizens, or at least documented residents, are stuck in a miserable shadow existence — unable to legally drive, work or fly. They are subject to exploitative bosses because they cannot complain about unsafe working conditions. They are victimized by brigands because they are afraid to report crimes to the cops. They dare not travel to their native countries because border patrols have tightened, and they may not be able to return. Many have family members who are American citizens and registered voters.

So it’s no wonder that Obama has set his sights on broad immigration reform in a second term. According to an interview with an Iowa newspaper, he pledged to turn first to a budget deal that would start to eliminate the deficit, and then to quickly pivot to legislation that would set illegal immigrants on a path to papers.

That should have happened long ago. Republican nominee Mitt Romney has tried to blame Obama for failing to keep his word even though he started his administration with a Democratic Congress. Romney knows better. The simple truth is that Republicans in the Senate set a high bar for any bill that passed: enough votes to overcome a threatened filibuster. And once Obama had managed to pass a stimulus bill and health care legislation, the GOP was determined to stymie any other accomplishments.

They had blocked immigration reform even under a Republican president. It wasn’t that long ago that George W. Bush, who had a decent relationship with Latinos as governor of a border state, tried to push through a deal that would have given illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship. At first, he had tepid support among a core group of Republicans in Congress.

  • bcarreiro

    We dont need a party running Congress, We need people. What does the republican party stand for ……….protecting the elite is the only agenda that is implemented for this political party. We need the “get real” act drawn up to dissolve this party for good. This land was founded on immigrants and if they are not criminals, leave them alone. The rep party have done nothing but come up with ways to undermine our president instead of working with him on ANY subject.

    • onedonewong

      What does barak stand for??? More spending socialism and destruction of this country. As he said this country isn’t built on exceptionalism we are all equal

      • rustacus21

        If U don’t know by now, U certainly haven’t been paying attention! 1 hint tho – it has something to do w/the jobs report that came out 2day… in case U missed it… By the way, the Constitution says we’re ALL equal, in case U missed that as well – meaning we have the LIBERTY & OPPORTUNITY to prove our ‘exceptionalism’… which is also what he (President BARACK Obama) stands for…

  • nobsartist

    We have a lot bigger problem than immigration but one suggestion, since unemployment is so high and jobs so scarce, lets STOP ALL OF IT.

    Also launch an investigation as to how Indian companies have managed to take over the engineering contract business in Detroit.

    Indians are colluding in “restraint of trade ” and discrimination in the contract automotive design business in Detroit.

  • why cant PPL. see is that the GOP is a group or gang even working against every thing the country was made from . anmd because thy are hateing a black man so much thy care not for thje country . but only for there hateful ways. the GOP are truly this country of AL-Qaida from with in there party of no to every thing is ok more like this . the 2% greedy bastard,s 2% is the AL-Qaida and the GOP are the taliban fighting thios country . talk about walking acrooss the aile thy built a wall were the door would be . the GOP only wants for their AL-Qaida 2 % greedy bastyards rich what thy want and thy will play the Talibans roll to get what the dreedy bastards want .

  • and like the braion dead wacko from NH Sonunu clown he wasnt even born in this country . send him back to cuba or where ever he was born . ya il sure that would cost a lot for thy wouldnt take him back with out it costing a lot

  • So it’s no wonder that Obama has set his sights on broad immigration reform in a second term. According to an interview with an Iowa newspaper, he pledged to turn first to a budget deal that would start to eliminate the deficit, and then to quickly pivot to legislation that would set illegal immigrants on a path to papers//// the Pres. cant do it him self . this country has to clean out the taliban GOP and get to a point where this country can get things done . give it 8 years 4 more for Obama and 4 with a DEM Pres. after him see what the country could do then . look at it this was it couldnt be no worse then what thje dirty bush did to this country . could work out great like when Cliton was in the house in his 8 yrs 23 million jobs were mady the rich back then got richer ( only thy had to work for there money then it wasnt given to them in the form of tax breaks ) and how would you ppl. in this country feel like in the Cliton era where this country had money in our bank we was in the black not the red a sur-plus . tell me you dont think that this country would have a better foudation if the country,s that we are trying to make things fair in trades if the country we was trying to make thing fair with we didnt owe trillion plus $$$$ im sure it would be easyer and better going to the tables and asking for a level playing feild when we are level as to not oweing each other nothing . who knows if this country was in that time china might even owe this country money

  • That should have happened long ago. Republican nominee Mitt Romney has tried to blame Obama for failing to keep his word even though he started his administration with a Democratic Congress. Romney knows better. The simple truth is that Republicans in the Senate set a high bar for any bill that passed: enough votes to overcome a threatened filibuster. And once Obama had managed to pass a stimulus bill and health care legislation, the GOP was determined to stymie any other accomplishments.

    They (they being the GOP taliban) had blocked immigration reform even under a Republican president. It wasn’t that long ago that George W. Bush, who had a decent relationship with Latinos as governor of a border state, tried to push through a deal that would have given illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship. At first, he had tepid support among a core group of Republicans in Congress.
    //its the was of the new taliban the GOP taliban working right in the middle of destroying this country from with in for the AL-Qaida of this country witch is the greedy bastards 2% rich . and the COKE doing brothers at the top . cut off the head of the american form of AL-Qaida and the rest of the evil snake will die . and remove the american from of the taliban get rid of the GOP ding dongs those two are just as bad for this country as the ones are for the world

  • and how did the anti-christ romney get in this country his dad (and a nice guy nothing like his son ) was from mexico . what dose the anti-christ romney put on any forms he fills out where it ask race ? hispanic lateno or dose he lie and put white ?

  • think about it ppl. the anti-christ romney id mexacan in race . dont be suprize next to hear that him and his boys are running drugs and digging tunnels with the cartel that wouldsnt suprize me at all but all you ding dongs that stand for the anti-christ romney will try to find a way to smoth that over some how and still stand for the anti-christ romney . hey ppl. read your good books and read about the anti-christ and how he is to take over . its all in the good book . he fools and misleads every one he says what you want to hear so you belive in him before he will destroy you . hmmm sound like anyone you know ?

  • Obama believes that Republicans would be forced to change their stance on immigration reform if he is re-elected. Giving an interview that he initially believed was off the record, he spoke bluntly about the politics:

    “Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community,” Obama said, according to a transcript at the website of Iowa’s Des Moines Register.
    ///// let the Pres. finish what he said he,d do and would done if the greedy bastard% and the GOP form of the taliban didnt do every thing thy could to stop him . give him the 4 more yrs and then in the next DEM Pres. can finish off every thing . hmmmm how it vcould be for this country to have 23 million more jobs and every one (even the greedy bastards 2%) working and doing better and not oweing no body nothing . anmd when this countyry has exttra money in our bank . dont just give it to greedy bastards again keep it in the bank for a rainy day . think if we was in that spot heck we might have homes on the moon soon

    • In my opinion, the Republican opposition to immigration reform goes well beyond ideology and partisanship. The truth is that illegal immigrants are the reason we can buy produce and other goods and services at prices that are considerably lower than in other industrialized nations. The agricultural sector is not obligated to pay the same minimum wage that applies to other sectors of our economy. Farm hands only make a little over $3 an hour, and since illegals are not protected by the law, they don’t even make that much. The agribusiness, which donate large amounts of money to the GOP, profits from this circumstance and opposes any kind of immigration reform that would change the status quo. We, as consumers benefit from cheap produce and other items, and the U.S. economy benefits from low inflation. If President Obama is re-elected and he pursues immigration reform, which I believe he will, he will face the same opposition he encountered when he championed ACA.
      For the GOP this issue has nothing to do with the law or fairness, it is all about money.

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    brainless nonsense ! referring to Ivory—-

  • FREEANDHAPPY

    Repubs.want to eliminate womens rights and have no intention of passing any meaningful immigration bill. They have a record of blocking and filibustering any meaningful bill. Where have the Repubs.been in the last 50 yrs to help anyone?–no healthcare plan;–equal pay for women; helping veterans or seniors..too many to mention. From day one Congress has blocked the Pres so he could only be a one term Pres. Let’s get out and vote. Every American should have healthcare and not be at the mercy of the insurance companies.

    • nobsartist

      willard wants only to take what the bush crime family didnt

  • montanabill

    Once again he will avoid making the economy his primary concern simply because he hasn’t a clue what to do and that anything he might do correctly would infer with his goal of more government dependency. As long as he doesn’t focus on letting business create a stronger economy, he doesn’t have to face the porous border problem. It will be only drug dealers, gangs and people looking for welfare coming across since there will be no jobs.

    • nobsartist

      Speaking of willard, I take it?

  • nobsartist

    Finally, we have someone in ivory to counter the allallamerican idiot and the other republiCON trolls.

    See we have incoherent posters just like the republiCONs do.

  • The first question anyone should ask regarding comprehensive immigration reform is how do we pay for it? The amnesty, which is essentially what “reform” will be, law passed in 1986 required the feds to set up a complete satellite bureaucracy of legalization offices and hire thousands of temporary workers to process the applications for, at that time, approximately 3 million people. The number of people who might be eligible this time around is considerably higher. The failure of the amnesty of the eighties was the unwillingness of congress and various administrations to walk their talk when it came to enforcement. This was particularly evident when it came to enforcing the laws against employers and hiring undocumented aliens. Once it became clear enforcement was not a priority the employer provisions of the law became meaningless. I think some form of reform is due. I think the first step would be to simplify the legal immigration system so that those who respect the laws of the country to wait in line for years and jump through a byzantine maze of government hoops can get their opportunity. It should also be easier for students, in some fields, to adjust their status to that of permanent resident after graduation. Once the legal system is addressed then something can be done to address the situation of those here illegally. Any reform will be doomed to failure if it is not coupled with strict enforcement so that everyone, employers, aliens congress and the like, know that the only way to get to this country is by following the law. Absent that, we will pass another law and twenty five years down the road, politicians will be talking again about the need for immigration reform.

  • nobsartist

    The October surprise is ObamaCare offering government sponsored health insurance.

    Just announced today.

    Bye, Bye for profit health care.

  • onedonewong

    It would be against barak’s nature to get a law passed to fix illegal immigration. He’s all about Fiats from the King