Obama poised to accelerate CA’s rolling amnesty

Obama poised to accelerate CA’s rolling amnesty

Mexico-U.S. border, illegal immigrants, wikimediaMany Americans across the country have expressed uncertainty or alarm about president Obama’s executive action on immigration, which he will announce tomorrow.

However, in California, where millions of illegal immigrants live, a semi-formal version of state-level amnesty has been gathering steam for years. Despite dogged opposition by Republican and Tea Party activists, Sacramento’s slow-motion legalization of the undocumented has paved the way for the White House’s planned moves to receive a much smoother reception than in other state capitols.

Still, the exact details of Obama’s intended actions remain murky, and even among libertarian-leaning immigration doves, his assertion of sweeping executive powers has hit against fierce criticism. Indeed, as the Washington Post noted, the president himself previously disavowed the constitutionality of what he may now have resolved to do — insisting he was “not a king” and could not “just suspend deportations through executive order.” Californians have not been immune to the sense of ambiguity surrounding Obama’s shifting immigration policy.

Apprehension and expectations

In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, one illegal immigrant described his discomfort in emblematic terms. Ernesto Perez — a 44-year-old father of four who has spent 19 years residing illegally in the United States — told the paper, “Obama is the only hope we have right now. Because three of my kids live with me, I’m always afraid that I will be separated from them. They need me. We need each other.”

Perez’ long undocumented stay underscored just how lax California has been in prosecuting illegal immigration, and for how long. His personal uncertainty, however, confirmed what millions of legal and illegal residents have known about president Obama for years: his willingness to deport. Critics from the left, such as Bill Moyers, have slammed Obama for breaking records with over 2 million deportations during his time in office.

That’s why illegal immigrants in California have depended so much on the Golden State’s incremental approach to legalization. Through a battery of state laws and regulations, Sacramento has given undocumented residents several protective paths toward the kind of status that makes it harder to deport.

With taxpayer money, access has been opened to educational loans for college, legal representation in juvenile court proceedings, driver’s licenses and the practice of law without a Social Security number. The California Supreme Court ruled in January that Sergio Garcia, an illegal immigrant who duly passed the California Bar Examination, could not be prohibited by the state from practicing law; Gov. Jerry Brown authorized Garcia’s license soon thereafter.

A push from activists

California activists dedicated to full legalization have used the state’s legal landscape as a justification for pressing president Obama for sweeping changes. In a typical statement making the rounds, California Immigrant Policy Center director Reshma Shamasunder urged Obama “to move on executive action and end unjust deportations that have caused the separation of families, as quickly as possible. Given the stalling we’ve seen in Congress for so many years, we hope he is bold in his action and covers as many people as possible.”

As KQED reported, California’s rules 麻将牌 helped swell the immigrant population to its current level, with about half of the children in state claiming an immigrant parent and one in four residents claiming foreign birth. Although legal immigrants have not pushed in a collective way for swift and full amnesty, Latino voters have consistently shown support for some kind of expanded “path toward citizenship,” as policymakers in both major political parties often put it.

For their part, Republicans have warned of consequences if Obama opts against enforcing the immigration laws on the books. Michael Steel, the spokesman for Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, adopted the colorful language characteristic of today’s media relations officials, “If ‘Emperor Obama’ ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he himself has said over and over again exceeds his Constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness and ruin the chances for congressional action on this issue — and many others.”

Rhetoric or reality? With the president’s announcement on amnesty coming tomorrow, the fireworks will begin in earnest. The new, Republican-dominated Senate is seated in January, added to continued GOP control of the House.

Obama is leaving office in two years due to term limits. So in the new year, jockeying to be his replacement will intensify in both the Republican and Democratic parties, with his amnesty possibly the top issue out of the starting gate.


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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 19 November, 2014, 17:24

    Use some judgement posters. This is going down ugly. Don’t make a fool of yourselves.

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  2. desmond
    desmond 19 November, 2014, 18:43

    The president says to the poor African Americans…FU. What is up with this guy? Does he have a hard one for them because they didn’t vote, for his democrats in the most recent election? I know the ultra Christian African Americans really have turned against him. On the other hand, it will be entertainingly to watch his govt f this executive order up big time. I can see an illegal celebrating his new status with a dozen Cervezas, drive his car into a school bus killing 20 kids. It will be interesting to watch this flaccid president blame that on the beer industry and income inequality….”The terrible toll that the 1% management in the beer industry charges to everyday, hard-working Americans.”

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  3. Suqs2bu
    Suqs2bu 19 November, 2014, 18:50

    WHats the President supposed to do? His Constitutency just handed him an embarassing defeat, he has to PUNISH THEM by making sure young black kids and the poor will NEVER GET A JOB, the Mexicans got em now.

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  4. Senior Frog
    Senior Frog 19 November, 2014, 19:22

    I suggest all you boyz learn Espanol…

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 19 November, 2014, 19:26

    I hope the Moderator has a discussion with …….

    These are offensive posts….

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    • Bill Gore
      Bill Gore 19 November, 2014, 21:07

      That’s right UU-someone’s got to keep track of all the offensive comments on CWD-and that person is you! You are SO offended, and you just can’t deal with it…

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  6. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 19 November, 2014, 21:23

    Nigel Farage says it best: “It’s not about race, it’s about space.” Where exactly will we house, feed and employ all of latin america? Because it would be discriminatory to just throw open the border to mexicans. There are hundreds of millions of peruvians, brazilians, argentinians, uruguayans yearning to breath free and vote democratic. The recent election proved just how much farther we need to go to have a permanent progressive majority that is ‘election proof’.

    In typical american fashion, our worst crimes are in drag as ‘caring, loving concern for all humanity’. In this case we have emptied out the mexican countryside, especially in northern mexico, where I used to build water systems for an international NGO, leaving it free for the taking by US corporations. Towns that 50 years ago were thriving, bustling with commerce and agriculture are now empty and dead forever. All gone to el norte. Gone from being independent small farmers and businessmen to being virtual slave labor in California. Mining companies and narcos moving into the depopulated areas. Way to go USA! So loving….

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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 November, 2014, 00:23

    Billy Boo Boo

    You gotta see that all this vile hate speech against minorities, women, public servants is not good for CWD’s reputation. Collectively some very disturbed posters are out of control and they should self examine their posts on CWD.

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    • Bill Gore
      Bill Gore 20 November, 2014, 06:43

      So exactly where is the ‘vile hate speech’ against minorities, women, public servants? Where? Please, show us some quotes. I mean, you definitely have time to troll around and monitor this website every day, even though you seem to intensely dislike the content of this website, so help us out. Help us to be better people like you.

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 November, 2014, 08:14

    Boo Boo

    Nothing can change wicked people’s behavior, so CWD has to do the heavy lifting. They have done it before. Just the messenger.

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  9. toldyaso
    toldyaso 20 November, 2014, 13:07

    Even if you love open borders, think amnesty is a fine deal, the reality is this. Illegal immigrants cost the CA taxpayer $25.3 billion per year for 2014, that’s $2700 per year for the taxpayer. The largest cost to the taxpayer is education, illegals cost $14.4 billion for education. $4.4 billion for policing and incarceration for illegals. Medical costs $4 billion. Public assistance $792 million. Class sizes are HUGE in public schools because funds for education in CA go to the English learners to keep their class sizes down. Google illegal immigrant kills and you will get a load of the impact illegals have on public safety. What is the problem with vetting people before they come to this country?

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  10. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 20 November, 2014, 20:24

    It is not amnesty! There are parameters. We must start somewhere! The President has done the right thing, since Congress was never going to act.

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  11. desmond
    desmond 21 November, 2014, 18:17

    What is cool about this is those effected in California will get free college tuition, because it is difficulty to imagine thise households making more than $80000 per year. This is absolutely fabulous.

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