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October 31, 2014

Obama Considering New Immigration Enforcement Changes (Updated)

Updated 10:18 p.m. | President Barack Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus leadership Thursday evening he’s considering more changes to the enforcement of immigration laws, amid growing unrest among his allies over his deportation record.

“The President emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting. “He told the members that he has asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the Department’s current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law.”

The readout continued, “The President thanked the Members of the CHC for their work on these challenging issues, and expressed his strong desire to work together to put pressure on Congressional Republicans to pass bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible.”

Obama met in the Oval Office with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, CHC Immigration Task Force Chair Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California.

Gutierrez had pointedly called the president the “deporter-in-chief” and “dishonest” on the issue just last week.

But Gutierrez sounded positive in a statement late Thursday:

“The President directed Secretary Jeh Johnson to review with the CHC a menu of options that can be implemented to reduce the pain of the current enforcement escalation and end the deportations that separate families.

“I will meet with Secretary Johnson next week to present options and then the entire CHC will meet with him to discuss those and other options that the Department of Homeland Security is developing when Congress returns after recess.

“Just as important, Republicans should step up to the plate and take action on immigration reform and not abandon the American people on this important issue. And in the absence of action by House Republicans, administrative action is imperative.

“It is clear that the pleas from the community got through to the President. The CHC will work with him to keep families together. The President clearly expressed the heartbreak he feels because of the devastating effect that deportations have on families.

“This began a new dialogue between the CHC and the White House that had been dormant for too long. The CHC Members who met with the President were adamant that the President needed to act. I agree with the President that the ultimate solution and responsibility for fixing our broken immigration system rests with the Republican majority in the House of Representatives and we will work together to demand Republicans take action.”

The meeting comes as prospects for an immigration overhaul seem as bleak as ever, with Democrats ripping Republicans for legislation aimed, in part, at rolling back the president’s executive actions sparing young people brought here illegally by their parents from deportation.

Republicans believe the president has already stepped outside of the law on a range of issues, including halting deportations for the young. And with hopes for an immigration overhaul fading, many immigration advocates have increased pressure on the White House to act unilaterally to halt deportations that break up families, and the Hispanic Caucus has been considering a resolution urging the president to act.

Obama has repeatedly resisted doing so.

“Relief delayed is relief denied,” said Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Labor Organizing Network, in a statement after the meeting. “The President has no excuse to continue his unjust deportation policy, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus should not delay joining what is now a consensus position that the President can and should suspend deportations, expand deferred action, and end the disgraceful Secure Communities program.”

  • DrGeneNelson

    The immigration amnesty advocates ignore the interests of the millions of American citizens that are displaced from a broad spectrum of occupational titles by employer avidity for inexpensive, pliant, younger illegal immigrants. The “White Collar” occupational titles are typically filled by visa overstayers (e.g. out-of-status H-1B Visa holders) and visa violators (e.g. a person admitted to the U.S. on a Tourist Visa who is working.) The evidence points to millions of illegals in these categories. One way to validate this is to note how high-tech firms aggressively fought implementation of Heath Shuler’s 2008 SAFE Act that would have mandated use of the reliable E-Verify program for all employers. To learn more, please search by title for the PDF version of the 2012 article, “How Record Immigration Levels Robbed American High-Tech Workers of $10 Trillion”

  • Don

    “The President emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system…” Where have we heard this song before? Oh yeah, I know: “I feel your pain!” That’s from the same guy who said: “I did NOT have sex with that woman!”
    First of all, the pain doesn’t come from our immigration system. It comes as a result of breaking the law and suffering the consequences. Secondly, our immigration system is in good working order and is not in any way broken. It is the Obama administration which is broken.
    If we apply Obama’s illogic to the criminal justice system then we would “reform” our laws so that convicted felons with families won’t be separated from their families. I wouldn’t want to hear the Obama “solution” for THAT one!

    • Daniel W Kauffman Jr

      If any of us here breaks the law we will be separated from our families if caught and convicted. Why should illegal aliens be treated differently when they violate our Law?

      • Klaus Vlasov

        Because they will become votes down the road and that is all Democrats care about period.

        • Don

          It is also serving to break down our nation’s criminal justice system, Klaus. Let us never forget that Obama and his RINO minions are intent on destroying America as we have known it!

          • Stephen Barlow

            YES HE IS!!! he wants the racist REDS out, equality and fairness IN. He wants what 97% want, equal opportunity, real cuts in useless programs like the F-35 and the Afghan War.
            he wants equal pay for women, Reproductive rights for women and ZERO SPECIAL TAX deductions for the 3%.

          • Don

            Ah yes, “racist”, the last refuge of tongue tied liberals! No, Obama has issued executive orders eliminating fairness and equality without consulting Congress. He wants equal pay for women except for those on his staff who he pays less than men. He wants gun control, homosexual marriage, an IRS used as a political weapon, elimination of our military capacity to protect ourselves, unlimited ever-increasing federal spending and non-existent borders with uncontrolled immigration. He gave cover to Eric Holder by asserting “privileged communications” after stating that he had no early discussions about “Fast and Furious”. His Attorney General is the only sitting U. S. Attorney General ever to be found in Contempt of Congress. He allowed an ambassador and two former Navy SEALs working for the CIA to be murdered in Benghazi while Hillary tells us it isn’t important. He chose a nominee for head of the Civil Rights division of the DOJ who Senate DEMOCRATS refused to confirm. What a piece of work is Barry!

          • Stephen Barlow

            First, best and thus last explanation for republican policy.

            The President does not scale Government employee pay. Do you have EVIDENCE that the Federal workers in the White house (or any other agency) are not paid equally?

            And of course , you are talking about the Republican Railroad. run by Issa. “Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called it a “sad day” and said it was the first time in the history of America that a current cabinet officer was held in contempt of Congress. He called it an extraordinary action, especially because the average time between a resolution being voted out of committee and a vote being taking on the floor was 87 days.

            The Oversight Committee approved the Holder contempt resolution eight days ago. This is no the first nor the last in a long string of maliciously partisan abuses of Congressional Authority. The latest being not following Parlimentary procedure AND House Rules in closing out a hearing so that he wouldn’t be shown LYING on the Congressional Record.

          • Don

            Stephen Barlow wrote: “Do you have EVIDENCE that the Federal workers in the White house (or any other agency) are not paid equally?”

            Are you joking, Stephen? Do I have “EVIDENCE”? Of course I have “EVIDENCE”! Liberals never have evidence. Conservatives ALWAYS have evidence! Is the “2013 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff” good enough for you?

            “Gender wage gap at the White House: Female staffers are paid only 88 cents for every dollar paid to men”

            “by Mark J. Perry”

            “According to an analysis of salary data from the “2013 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff,” the 229 female employees in the Obama White House are being paid a median annual salary of $65,000, compared to a median annual salary of nearly $74,000 for the 232 male White House staffers.”

            http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/09/gender-wage-gap-at-the-white-house-female-staffers-are-paid-less-than-87-cents-for-every-dollar-paid-to-men/

            You can go to the “Annual Report”, it’s posted on the internet, and analyze the raw data for yourself! “Do I have EVIDENCE”? Yeah, I have authoritative evidence! Since 1995, the White House has been REQUIRED to deliver an annual report to Congress listing the title and salary of every White House staffer! You didn’t know that???

          • Stephen Barlow

            I DON’T see a source. WHERE is the link to that alleged source. All you have to do is cut an paste it.

            needless to say, the source needs to be CREDIBLE and verifyible. Breitbart and Fox only won’t suffice. Neither will Townhall nor Red State.

          • Stephen Barlow

            Really? The median pay does NOT take into account, time of service, pay grades and steps… So the amalgam of males gets more than the amalgam of females…

            That’s not credible. I’ll cut you slack about lying (although I KNOW you KNOW you are deliberately misinterpreting information) and just accept the fact that you are incredibly ignorant of simple arithmetic.

          • Don

            Well, Stephen, the link I posted above to the “2013 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff” goes directly to the official White House website. Now, are you telling us that your B. Hussein Obama’s White House website is not a credible source? Really?
            http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2013
            Nice try at liberal spin, Stephen, but it won’t work. The earnings cited in the report are what people are actually being paid and it is an indisputable fact that the median income of women working as White House staff is only 88% of that of men working as White House staff. B. Hussein Obama, while preaching income equality, discriminates economically against the women he employs as White House staff. That’s a matter of record and that is the written record which the White House itself has sent to Congress.
            You’re learning, Stephen, that you can’t hype and spin in a debate with a conservative. Facts are what is called for. I have them and you don’t. I even have hard facts directly from the White House website which were provided by the White House itself to Congress.
            Next! Try again, Stephen, LOL!

          • Don

            The link I posted in the above comment has a direct link to the “2013 Annual Report” contained in it. Nevertheless, here is a direct link to the “2013 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff”:

            http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2013

            You’re going to learn, Stephen, that you can’t bluff conservatives. We have the hard facts and, in this case, I’m spoon feeding you a direct link to the original source of those facts.
            Next! Try again, Stephen, LOL! :-)

          • Stephen Barlow

            Thank you. THAT was a link.

          • Don

            You’re most welcome, Stephen. Glad that it meets with your approval. :-)

          • Stephen Barlow

            And Line 1:

            Name

            Aberger, Marie E.

            Status

            Employee

            Salary

            $42,000.00

            Pay Basis

            Per Annum

          • Stephen Barlow

            and line 4:

            Name

            Agnew, David P.

            Status

            Employee

            Salary

            $153,500.00

            Pay Basis

            Per Annum

            Position Title

            DEPUTY ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

          • Stephen Barlow

            I can see how equal jobs don’t pay equally in the Government…

            Maybe if it weren’t so difficult for women to enjoy their Constitutional Rights to medical care, they would be promoted to positions that PAY more than the job of “Full Time Mommy.

          • Don

            And that allegedly has what to do with the fact that the median pay for women on B. Hussein Obama’s White House staff is 12% LESS than the median pay for men on Obama’s White House staff?

      • Don

        Exactly, Daniel, which means that either Obama wants special treatment for illegal alien criminals OR that he is planning on using his perversion of immigration laws as a stepping stone to pervert the rest of the legal system!

        • Stephen Barlow

          When WHITES are the minority in 20 years, try to get YOUR vote counted!!

          • Don

            This is the interesting thing about liberals. They always make references to the future because it keeps things in the realm of speculation rather than in the realm of fact. This is what the followers of Karl Marx have done, painting word pictures of a future utopian society which never comes into existence. Par for the liberal course!
            In the meantime, are you having trouble getting your vote counted, Stephen? If not, then I don’t see where you have a valid complaint!

          • Stephen Barlow

            You mean like those JOBS the REDS were planning on “creating’ via tax cuts for the few @ the expense of the many? Like all those “missions Accomplished” that failed to end or materialize?

          • Don

            No, Stephen, I mean exactly what I wrote. You are talking about twenty years from now. Liberals like to talk about the future because it avoids the realities on the ground in the present. That is how the followers of Karl Marx tried to sell his “utopia” to people even while actual life in the Soviet Union was an unending atrocity!

  • Speichera

    I agree totally. We really need to be more humane in our enforcement of immigration laws. For example, the guides or “coyotes” who bring illegal aliens across the border will often rape the women they are bringing across and then display their panties on trees as symbols of their virility. When caught, these people are often treated like common criminals, instead of helpful guides engaging in a long-held Mexican cultural practice. You see, these “rape trees” are sort of like Christmas trees to us. And to think otherwise is racist.

    • Don

      Now THAT is funny! :-)

      • Stephen Barlow

        If we didn’t have a ‘witness unfriendly’ immigration policy, we could give asylum to these people and PROSECUTE the coyotes, both for human traffickig AND rape. But the GOP is against reform. No matter how many times they lie about it on Sunday morning Network TV.

        • Don

          “These people” don’t need asylum. They HIRE the coyotes, for as much as $8,000 per person, to guide them into the U. S.. If there were no illegal aliens hiring coyotes, coyotes wouldn’t exist!
          As regards “the GOP”, to whom, precisely, are you referring? Is John McCain against “reform”? Is Eric Cantor against “reform”? No! But conservative Republican voters ARE against “reform”. Why is that?
          First, because there is nothing which needs to be “reformed”. Secondly, “reform” equals amnesty and conservative Republicans oppose amnesty.
          Since you want to talk about lies, Stephen, how about this lie:
          “If you like your health plan, you can keep it.” That wasn’t a Republican!

          • Stephen Barlow

            THey sure are “for” it on Sunday morning , but against it in committee AND on the floor when it comes to a vote.

            And for 97% of the people, that is true. But for those who got SCAMMED by useless, ineffective CHEAP, premium spiral policies…, they are getting what they paid for.

        • bittman

          Until we secure the border, we will never end the illegal immigration problem. To grant amnesty to those who entered the country illegally rewards those illegals and encourages more to illegally enter our country as can be seen by what has happened since the 1986 Immigration Law which granted amnesty to only 2 million people. Equally important, putting these people ahead of all of the people who have applied to come here legally discriminates unfairly against law-abiding peoples — many of whom are women and minorities.

          • Stephen Barlow

            Another REAGAN failure your people blame Obama for. The “problem” was created by Reagan’s forcing citizens from their homelands by fomenting, supporting, arming and supplying terrorism in Central America. Bush ignoring the issue and Going STALIN by building a wall… hahaha that certainly was useless.

  • Sam Gompers

    I like how they redefine the statistics to make it look like Obama is hard against immigration, to just then turn around and use that to soften on immigration.

  • claymore cluepile

    Everybody is a part of a family at some time……if Obama is to be followed then the only people qualifying for deportation will be test tube babies whose donors were unknown and who were raised, like Tarzan, by wolves

  • Daniel W Kauffman Jr

    I fail to see how “immigration reform” has any bearing on the disposition of illegal aliens crossing our borders. So you reform the whole system and make it perfect? Then your handling of that issue will be what?

    • Don

      Right, Daniel! Obama wants to change the law to accommodate criminal actions! What, then, would be the rationale for failing to make the same kinds of changes to the law regarding armed robbery?

  • Palindrome

    This man must be impeached and removed from office.

  • sleeve

    GOP have devolved into open blatant racists and quit even bothering to pretend otherwise anymore. The most vapid putrid petty group of hateful old white men ever assembled in a hypocritical bigoted Christian concave of wheezing white male supremacist zealots: GOP caucus of the US House of Pigs. Just so gross, and so humiliating to even share a country with the slime molds. I would much rather have some new southern neighbors next door than these arthritic racist stale saltines in the GOP House.

    • Alpo2010

      Those hypocritical wheezing white male supremacist zealots must have lots of company. The latest WSJ/NBC poll shows immigration reform at the bottom of the list of concerns, right above climate change.

      • Roxy7

        That same poll showed that Americans were less likely to vote for a politician who favored a “path to citizenship” for illegals.

    • just4dahellofit

      hey sleeze, next time you have a thought, let it go. whiney little beotch

    • impoundguy

      Good….I hope all your illegal brothers and sisters move in next door to you…or better yet…in with you!

  • Alpo2010

    Obama has deep concern and feels the pain? Are you kidding? Who believes anything this Liar of the Year says anyway. He has no creds anymore. Hispanics are smart…and they know when they are being played and exploited. Perhaps one day African Americans will wake up. Obama could have “fixed” this when he full control of congress.

  • bittman

    The fact is until our borders are secured, the illegal “immigration” problem cannot be fixed. Amnesty will not only reward people who came across our borders illegally but it will also encourage even more people to enter our country illegally. America’s success has been largely due to the fact that we follow the “rule of law”. Under this Administration, we are rapidly becoming a lawless country, ruled by Progessive totalitarians instead of our Constitution.

    • Don

      You broke the code, bittman!

    • Stephen Barlow

      There are more laws on the books written by the Bush Administration than by the last 5 combined.

  • http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com/ Federale

    Time to impeach Obama and fire Ryan.

    • Don

      …and… “Fire the Speaker!”

    • Stephen Barlow

      The last half is feasible…

    • Stephen Barlow

      Tie to impeach the Republican caucus and let Pelosi get some legislation passed, some jobs funded and some infrastructure rebuilt. Some schools fully staffed and some books on those ghetto and barrio shelves.

      2% Student loans, like it was BEFORE Reagan. You know, the way the current reps got their free government funded law degrees.

      • http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com/ Federale

        And some free government cheese with your welfare check?

  • prudentman

    Continuing the “Trasformation” to a third class nation. Political Correction (correcting what: some social study academic’s irrationality) diversing the U.S. to mediocraty by collectivly rewarding incompetence at the expense of the productive.

  • prudentman

    Why would legal immigrants want illegal immigrants to be treated the same as they while diluting their labor pool? Looks to me that the disengenuous Obama and his cronies have sold many Hispanics a bunch of bull. If the Republicans had leaders who thought logically they would be explaining this to the hoodwinked Hispanics. If Liberals were honest instead of hitching to the anti-progress, pro-power Progressives, Hispanics would receive honest, objective opinions from the media: we’ll, maybe.

  • Mike Davis

    It is amazing how law breakers can sway the elected officials in the U.S.

    • Don

      It’s amazing how often elected officials ARE law breakers!

    • impoundguy

      When it’s more important to elected officials to get “re-elected” with that Hispanic vote they need to do so, they soon forget why they were elected in the first place….which was to enforce the “laws” of the country not to pander to the illegal minorities in fear of being called a racist.

    • Stephen Barlow

      it’s amazing how many felons are our lawmakers.

  • Just Me

    These people committed a crime so they have to pay. They knew what they were doing when they entered this country ILLEGALLY. So now our laws will be changed to accommodate those that has broke the law…ijs

    • impoundguy

      you’re right…they break our laws coming here illegally and then they turn round and want those same laws to protect them from being deported…sort of like the Menendez brothers who murdered their parents turning around and crying how you should feel sorry for them because they are now orphans.

  • Stephen Barlow

    The Constitution specifically grants the President the power to commute sentences and order full pardons.

    if Obama (who has nothing to lose) would do for the Dreamers what Bush did for Scooter Libby and Jack Abramson and Tom Delay…

    This whole mess would be moot!

    Pardon EVER illegal immigrant o American soil today! open the deportation centers and EMPTY them. We would be getting a much better class of citizen than were @ CPAC last week.

    Seriously, there is NOTHING to stunt in court about it. The president’s RIGHT TO PARDON is unequivocable, needs no explanation and is irrevocable. And even though it is traditionally and end of term procedure… The Constitution has NO QUALIFICATION as to WHEN during as term nor how often nor how many times he may use this ABSOLUTE right and power.

    THEN, he can release all the nonviolent pot smokers from custody because this Federal Power is DEFINED in the Constitution with specificity and as such, extends down into State Courts, County Courts, City and borough and Township courts.

    Obama can BANKRUPT the for profit prison business overnight.

    I would do it. I would also pardon all simple possession convicts.

    then I would MANDATE by EXECUTIVE ORDER for maximum penalties for all tax evaders and cheats. Full prison terms without parole for all of Wall Street.

    Iwould mandate that EVERY 501 political and all religiously tax exempt groups be not only audited, but be means tested as well. If they are 1 iota in violation of the narrowly interpreted tax laws, the whole kit n caboodle gets confiscated and liens placed on all property of all the members of the organizations.

    if you are 1% political and registered as a church… you get back taxed to your inception.

    if you are only 99% religious, you get backtaxed with interest and penalties and jail time for evasion back to the date of you incorporation.

    And if you are an accountant or lawyer who conspired to defraud the government, you get slammed to the fullest extent of the law.

    And I would do all this on the Same Friday Afternoon.

    • Don

      Well, Stephen, why don’t you try running for office on that platform and see how your ideas fare with voters. I’d be happy to see you run on that platform so that we could find out how much voter support your ideas have.

      • Stephen Barlow

        BEing right and having sensible answers to issues and problems may not be popular with the GOPers, but the AMericans who WANT problems solved would sure like to meet me and My kind.

        • Don

          I’m sure, Stephen, I’m sure.

  • impoundguy

    Here is what I think should be done for our “illegal” brothers and sisters. We should supply at tax payers expense Limo transportation from Mexico to the city of their choice. Once they arrive they should be given $10,000 cash, and EBT taxpayer funded card, an Anthem Blue cross Medical card, subsidized or free public housing and last but not least a drivers license and a new Ego friendly Prius so they can drive to and from a job location of their choice in which a “legal” American has been asked to leave so that his person can now be employed for minimum wage and contribute to society. Problem solved…Thank you!!

    • Don

      I think that’s called the “Boehner Plan”.

  • G26

    In August of 2007, an illegal alien was arrested in Indianapolis for burglary and the molestation of a 5 years old girl.

    • Stephen Barlow

      And how many pastors in YOUR church are touching kids on Wednesday nights?

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