An ANTI friend of mine sent me a message with this article (see below) saying President Obama was against the PROs and was not keeping to his promises to Latinos. The title of the article is: "Firm Stance on Illegal Immigrants Remains Policy." The reason my ANTI and Republican friend sent me the article is because there is nothing the ANTIs would like to see more than division between the PRO Immigration Reformers and our President.
What my ANTI friend and most Republicans fail to understand is the President and Janet Napolitano ARE making positive changes in regards to Comprehensive Immigration Reform. It is very important that we understand what the President and the Administration are doing in support of CIR. We also must understand the differences and difficulties in regard to actions that require legislation.
Obama's policies towards Immigration are not the same as Bush's. Here are some differences.
1. stopped the inhumane ICE Raids.
2. focused on penalizing the employers vs workers
3. focused on capturing violent felonious criminals and drug dealers vs targetting workers
4. modified 287(g) policies to target felonious criminals vs workers, reigning in the evil sheriff arpaio, his masked henchmen and their tactics.
-- These are positive steps, not negative.
His next steps are:
. reduce the backlog, particularly in Immigration Courts
. improve/automate the legal pathways to immigration and clear up the bottle-necked current process.
. improve the current Guest Worker process
-- these can be done without legislation
These next steps require legislation:
. establish a process that will enable those here to get in line and apply for citizenship.
-- Because this step requires legislation, we need to wait for the correct political climate for this to pass. I suggest AFTER the passage of Universal Healthcare which must pass this year. We can wait for CIR but it must pass in early 2010.
The NYTimes reports:
Firm Stance on Illegal Immigrants Remains Policy
After early pledges by President Obama that he would moderate the Bush administration’s tough policy on immigration enforcement, his administration is pursuing an aggressive strategy for an illegal-immigration crackdown that relies significantly on programs started by his predecessor. (not true) A recent blitz of measures has antagonized immigrant groups and many of Mr. Obama’s Hispanic supporters, who have opened a national campaign against them, including small street protests in New York and Los Angeles last week.
The administration recently undertook audits of employee paperwork at hundreds of businesses, expanded a program to verify worker immigration status (all in a move against employers) that has been widely criticized as flawed, bolstered a program of cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies, and rejected proposals for legally binding rules governing conditions in immigration detention centers (yet has not conducted, nor supported 1 ICE Worker Raid). “We are expanding enforcement, but I think in the right way,” Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary, said in an interview.
Ms. Napolitano and other administration officials argue that no-nonsense immigration enforcement is necessary to persuade American voters to accept legislation that would give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, a measure they say Mr. Obama still hopes to advance late this year or early next.