23
Aug
11

‘fulfilling a promise on immigration’

Steve Benen: Last week, the Obama administration announced a breakthrough in its enforcement of immigration policy: deportations of undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety have effectively been suspended. The White House can’t change the law unilaterally, but it can choose to prioritize among cases and create a more sensible and more humane immigration policy.

We’re now seeing the benefits as the new policy is implemented:

…. an undocumented Mexican woman in Colorado, Sujey Pando, also learned her deportation had been scrapped, because she married her lesbian partner in Iowa. Federal law does not yet recognize same-sex marriages, but as far as the Obama administration is concerned, same-sex couples who get married in states with marriage-equality laws fall under the administration’s definition of “family.”

This is, to put it mildly, a heartening development, for which President Obama and his team deserve a lot of credit. Deportations will continue for those who commit felonies and those considered security threats, but DHS and the Justice Department will review existing cases and will “halt deportations of longtime residents with clean police records who came here illegally when they were children, or are close family of military service members, or are parents or spouses of American citizens.”

….it appears the president made a promise to the immigrant community, and he’s keeping it. Republicans are outraged, but the White House doesn’t seem to care.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) told the NYT, “This is the Barack Obama I have been waiting for.”

Full post here


12 Responses to “‘fulfilling a promise on immigration’”


  1. 1 nintendowii10
    August 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

    And cue Sheriff Joe and Jan Brewer ranting about headless illegal immigrants in 5,4,3,2,1…

  2. 3 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    August 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

    GOD BLESS OUR IMMIGRANTS..OUR RAINBOW OF DIVERSITY THAT HE CREATED FOR A REASON…! WE ARE HERE TO SHARE,SUPPORT AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER..PERIOD! WE ARE BLESSED W/ SUCH A RAINBOW…OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE!

  3. August 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    This is great and we have to make sure every Hispanic American knows about it. Usually even the smallest city has some kind of Hispanic Outreach Center and if there is any Hispanic population at all there are special events–health, education, job fairs. Make sure to be at as many of these events as possible and become known at the Hispanic Centers. These are good places to leave literature and as you become known (and even try to speak a few words in Spanish), you become trusted. That way, when election season comes around, you have more credibility with people. I have already been doing this and plan to ratchet it up in the coming months. Virtually everywhere I go, people are friendly and seem genuinely pleased with those who show an interest in the language and culture. The last time I went to a fair I was even given a few minutes at the microphone to tell people how important it is to vote (in English, thank God). Getting Hispanics to the polls is a top priority–Si, se puede!

    • 5 desertflower
      August 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

      Fabulous, Jackie! Living in AZ…I will try and do this as well….in English, because my Spanish is rusty:)

  4. 6 CTGirl
    August 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    My middle finger to Rep. Luis Gutierrez … This is the Barack Obama we have had!

    • 7 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Thank you. I hate when these idiots pretend that this is some new thing when the President has been consistently and steadily fulfilling his campaign promises. This is just an attempt to cover-their-arses.

    • 8 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

      I disagree with the way Gutierrez has handled this politically. But I am reminded of a business model my former employer used to follow.
      As a frustrated employee I went to management and asked why we weren’t addressing the inefficiencies directly impacting our customers.
      I was told that a bad experience that is addressed and corrected makes a bigger impact on the customer than if it had been done correctly in the first place. I said it was good that as an employee I didn’t adapt that philosophy and that I doubted whether the company would enable or accept that in it’s employees. I know I admire and respect those that strive to always be their best and that includes how they treat and interact with others…..Gutierrez was a horses ass and now he wants to make amends. I would have been more impressed if he had found ways to express his disagreements with the President more constructively and in less damaging ways.

  5. 9 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Here’s More

    HEADLINE: Obama to Recognize Same Sex Couples in Deportation Changes

    http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/08/same-sex_couples_may_win_reprieve_under_obamas_updated_deportation_policies.html


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