A Behind the scenes look at “Executive Amnesty”
This is something that I have been waiting for, for quite some time now. The following is a synopsis of an article as put forth by the Associated Press and where appropriate we added some commentary as well in order for it to make complete and entire sense.
President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief, Jeh Johnson, to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year.
Obama in March directed the government to examine whether deportation practices can be made more humane, seeking to pacify frustrated immigration advocates. In other words Obama was in the complete “hold out” mode whilst blaming both Republicans and other members of the House.
Caught in the middle, Obama is seeking to preserve what the White House sees as a narrow window in June and July in which Congress could conceivably act before Washington’s focus becomes consumed by the November midterm elections.
“The president really wants to maximize the opportunity to get a permanent solution enacted, which requires Congress,” said Cecilia Munoz, the director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council.
The delay defuses an emerging split among traditional Obama allies that emerged after the president commissioned the deportation review.
Some immigration advocates and Democrats urged Obama to take immediate executive action in the face of congressional procrastination. But others insisted the focus should remain on pressuring House Republicans to act while there’s still a chance — however slim — to pass a bill that could provide a path to citizenship for the 11.5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
The problem as it exists now clearly supports this notion: That the Senate and their “Gang of Eight” just met together only briefly whereby the basic rewriting of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill dating as far back as 1999 to 2000 through 2005 as well as 2007 and the big push in 2011 where the bill was again defeated.
Our questions remain if what the Senate passed in Senate Bill 704 is precisely the same as the CIR bill of 1999 through 2011 where the bill has been defeated at least five different times all things being equal one should assume the senate has put together the wrong bill. Moreover, much to Obama’s credit his incessant lying, bringing reports of inaccurate deportation data that he and he alone has admitted too — this is the mistrust the House members are having to deal with.
Obama’s announcement comes the same day a coalition of groups backing an immigration overhaul asked Obama to hold off in order to “give the House leadership all of the space they may need.” Among the groups urging Obama to delay were the National Immigration Forum, the Service Employees International Union and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Johnson has offered few details about what potential policy changes he’s considering or what the timeline for acting might be. But Obama has previously taken modest executive steps to ease deportation. Two years ago, he offered protection from deportation and extended work permits to some immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Johnson has said he’s reviewing a possible expansion of that program, but he and Obama have both cautioned that the government is constrained in what it can do without Congress.