A conservative publication accused President Barack Obama of choosing to keep hundreds of thousands of families separated while waiting for Green Cards in order to devote resources to his 2012 program granting temporary immunity to certain unauthorized immigrants. Sources close to immigration law and immigration reform denounce these allegations as "utter nonsense."
"President Barack Obama's 2012 unilateral legalization of 500,000 young illegal immigrants helped him win the 2012 election — at the cost of splitting 500,000 innocent, law-abiding American families for months on end, according to a New York Times article," wrote Neil Munro, White House correspondent at The Daily Caller News Foundation. Favoritism to illegal immigrants has kept husbands and wives, parents and children, apart, due to 12-15 month visa delays, he claimed.
Munro's article cites a New York Times report that over 500,000 visa applications "became stuck in the pipeline," suggesting that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency (USCIS) dedicated its efforts to an illegal immigrant program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), instead of granting Green Cards to families. more >>
Evangelical groups are asking how many more families will be broken apart due to lack of action on immigration reform in Congress, after House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that such reform will have a tough time going forward due to Republican distrust of President Barack Obama.
"With a strong majority of Americans, including evangelicals, wanting leaders to fix our broken immigration system, immigration reform is going to happen. The only question is how many families will be broken up and how much our communities have to suffer until Washington acts," Sojourners President Jim Wallis, who is part of the Evangelical Immigration Table, told The Christian Post on Thursday.
While immigration reform groups praised Obama's call to action on the issue at the State of the Union last week, and have urged bipartisan support to fix America's broken immigration system, such legislation has stalled in Congress. more >>
"Get right with the law" is the trendy new poll-tested slogan that's supposed to make both amnesty-resistant Americans and illegal aliens accept whatever so-called immigration reform Congress considers. Alas, playing with words will not sell amnesty to Americans or non-amnesty to illegals.
House Republicans went into a "retreat" in a Maryland hideaway to consider a statement of "principles" put before them by the House leadership. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., immediately said they are "the same recycled talking points, crafted with the help of the same consultants and special interests," and that the proposed legislation "ensures only the amnesty and not the enforcement."
Continuing, Sessions said the Republican so-called principles "would surge the already unprecedented level of legal lesser-skilled immigration to the U.S. that is reducing wages and increasing unemployment." While the Republican goal should be "to transition millions of struggling Americans from welfare and joblessness to work and rising wages," President Barack Obama's plan is to force "legislation that drastically surges the future flow of new immigrant workers competing against unemployed Americans." more >>
Evangelical leaders supporting immigration reform praised the new set of principles on immigration reform released by House Republicans after their winter meeting.
"By supporting immigration reform, the GOP stands poised to reconcile Abraham Lincoln's justice agenda with Ronald Reagan's optimism," Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said Friday on a conference call with reporters. "Accordingly, here's our message to the Republican members of Congress advancing this just cause – you are not alone."
House Republicans released the statement, "Standards for Immigration Reform," late Wednesday. While most of the standards were consistent with existing Republican bills, the part of the statement dealing with what to do about current unauthorized immigrants took many by surprise. While the principles said there should be no "special path to citizenship," it did support a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants. more >>
A number of Christian and immigration reform advocacy groups have expressed hopes that legislation on the issue will move forward following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday.
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, commented that Obama's remarks are an "encouraging sign" toward immigration reform this year.
"Immigration holds a unique space in today's Congress as one of the few issues with such unparalleled bipartisan support," Noorani noted. "On the heels of tonight's encouraging remarks from both sides of the aisle, we look forward to a productive 2014 for immigration reform." more >>
President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would move ahead with his "year of action" agenda without waiting for Congress to pass legislation.
"I've got a pen, and I've got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward," he told reporters before a meeting with his Cabinet.
Obama described 2014 as a "year of action" at last month's end of the year press conference. Since then, the phrase has emerged as a theme for the White House. His Jan. 11 weekly address, for instance, was titled, "Ensuring 2014 is a Year of Action to Grow the Economy." more >>