Immigration Reform Delay
Obama will not act
Alberto Avendaño-oped | 9/7/2014, 4:47 p.m.
In response to President Barack Obama announcement that he will again delay executive action on immigration, I have “no comment”. Please read below some feedback.
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera “Once again, politics trumps the lives of people… The major lesson for our movement now is to overcome the cruel partisan gamesmanship that dominates our culture.”
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative “Immigration Delay Shows President Focused on Politics, not Latino Concerns… Listening to President Obama make his case for executive action one was led to believe that he was driven by a deep-seated conviction that he was acting on behalf of those seeking to come out of the shadows —and to place the dignity of the individual above all… Instead, he is driven strictly by political outcomes.”
RNC Spokeswoman Ruth Guerra “The President’s empty rhetoric and broken promises are a slap in the face to millions of Hispanics across the country… Immigration reform will continue to be the President’s biggest failure as long as he keeps playing politics and refuses to work with Republicans.”
Erika Andiola & Cesar Vargas, Directors of the DREAM Action Coalition “The President has shown that, once again, he has been scared out of his boots by some of the least reasonable elements within the Republican Party… This is not just a delay on immigration policy, this is about real families, who will suffer an addition 1,100 deportations per day until he acts,” said César Vargas.
“We have a father in detention who won’t see his U.S. citizen children. I have my mother who can still be deported this December. The President chose politics over families... The President has solidified his “Deporter-in-Chief” legacy. He wil be responsible for ripping families apart from now until he acts,” said Andiola.
Cristina Jimenez, Managing Director for United we Dream.
“To wait nine more weeks means the President has agreed to deport more than 70,000 people, more than 1,100 every day, and continues cementing his legacy as the Deporter-in-Chief.”
Senate majority Leader Harry Reid “The President has made clear that while nothing replaces Congress acting on immigration reform, given the House Republicans’ refusal to act... he will use his executive authority... to reform our broken immigration system. I know that the President is determined to act.”
Miguel Alexander Pozo, National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association
“The failure of the Administration and Congress to act with the future of millions of lives in flux is both a disservice to justice and an affront to human rights…This delay for political reasons is another indication of how broken Washington is and highlights its inability to act on one of the most critical issues facing our nation.”