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August 31, 2015

Obama Will Reduce Deportations if GOP Doesn’t Act, Schumer Says

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(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After President Barack Obama’s decision to review immigration enforcement, Sen. Charles E. Schumer warned Republicans to let Congress act on the issue or Obama will curtail deportations on his own.

“It’s crystal clear where the issue of immigration reform is headed, and Republicans have only two choices to make,” the New York Democrat wrote in a post on his Facebook page. “They can either help pass comprehensive reform which will greatly reduce the flow of illegal immigrants, grow our economy by bringing in needed workers in high tech and agriculture areas, and provide a hard-earned path to eventual citizenship for the 11 million in the shadows, or they can sit idly by and watch the President greatly curtail deportations while 11 million continue to live in limbo here in America.”

Democrats have been pressuring House Republicans to pass an immigration package so that a conference committee can hammer out a deal that can pass both chambers. The Senate passed a bipartisan bill last summer.

“The choice is clear; a reform bill has the support of liberals, moderates, and conservatives and all we need is the courage of the Republican leadership to make the right and obvious choice,” Schumer said.

But some conservatives, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, believe that taking on the immigration issue  — and especially the debate over legalizing immigrants here illegally — before the midterm elections would hurt Republican chances to take over the Senate. The GOP needs to win six seats to regain the majority.

Schumer’s comments come after the president 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.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who led the effort in the Senate against the immigration bill, voiced his displeasure at the president’s announcement.

“It is astonishing that the President would order an ‘enforcement review’ not for the purposes of repairing enforcement but weakening it further,” Session said in a release.

Session has also been critical of the White House for selectively enforcing the immigration laws, which he contends, when asked, is done to curry political favor with minority voters.

“This latest action further demonstrates that the Administration cannot be trusted to enforce any immigration plan from Congress,” Sessions said. “Congressional Democrats, who have helped empower this state of illegality, must be held to account for their actions.”

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, echoed Republican criticism that the president picks and chooses the laws he enforces, such as waiving provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

“Cherry pick more laws he won’t enforce?” Cornyn tweeted in response to the headline of this article, Obama Will Reduce Deportations if GOP Doesn’t Act, Schumer Says.





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  1. Omar Curi

    March 14, 2014
    2:44 p.m.

    Not only is the House of Reps. HOR undermining the power of the Latino vote but also damaging the economic status of our country by being the stalwarts condemning anything the POTUS does.

  2. Kat Von Clawswits

    March 14, 2014
    3:20 p.m.

    Wow, a not-so-subtle threat of extortion from Schumer. What’s next, blackmail using the NSA’s “secret” surveillance of members of Congress? Based on Obama’s lack of border enforcement to date, why should we worry about him doing even less? Obama and his progressive minions will be held accountable for crimes committed by illegal aliens not deported because our Chief Executive is not faithfully upholding the duly enacted laws of this country.

    • MrSmith

      March 14, 2014
      9:41 p.m.

      “I am the law!”
      Obama, Reid and Durbin aping Judge Dredd so much is getting stale.

  3. Layla

    March 15, 2014
    10:34 a.m.

    The American people are watching a dictator in office. Why? Because the only thing coming from the Republican party is rhetoric. Any other President would have been impeached long ago for acting without Congress, but not this one. Why? Because he is black.

    It blows my mind that we don’t enforce our immigration laws. it should have been grounds for impeachment long ago. However, corporate America runs this country now. It will be up to the American people to hold them all accountable in November, again in 2016 and finally 2018. That’s how long it will take to clean this entire Congress out of office.

    We have over 50 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS out of the workforce now. Not one more human being should be brought into this country or legalized until all these people have jobs.

    The problem here? Congress needs to be sent to the unemployment lines and Schumer is way past his expiration date. He and his ilk helped cause all this.

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