The comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill patronized by President Obama continues to face odd weather as all efforts to cajole the Republicans have come to naught. Indicating the contours of Obama immigration policy, the President’s office recently directed the immigration agents not to arrest and deport illegal immigrant parents of minor children. Now this is the new category of people whom the administration does not want to deport.
It told the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that agents should use prosecutorial discretion to avoid detaining parents and, in case detained, agents should ensure that they have access to children or participate in family court proceedings.
Immigrant rights groups have welcomed the step toward a kinder detention. But the Republican Party blasted the memo as another effort by the Obama administration to circumvent the law.
President Obama on Immigration Reform said the immigration bill was good for the economy, good for national security and ultimately good for our people, and let us do it this year.
In the President Obama immigration reform speech the call was to emulate the model of a bipartisan coalition exemplified by the Senate which approved the immigration bill even though the Republican-run House has been trashing the Bill and is keen to block a pathway to citizenship for immigrants already in the United States though illegally.
But the Obama Immigration reform speech has been rebuffed by Brendan Buck, the spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner who said House Republicans want to address immigration problems in a step-by-step fashion than working on a big bill that is set to compound problems further. The message was clear that the House will not entertain any Obamacare style legislation.
It is now clear that Obama Comprehensive Immigration reform is in doldrums. It remains to be seen how the Immigration reform will end up. Will it remain an eternal Obama dream that is far from reality?
Only a few legislative days are remaining on the House calendar and a big number of House Members are saying that the lower chamber would love to wait until 2014 to take up the immigration legislation. Whip Kevin McCarthy told this to amnesty activists that the House would wait until next year to address immigration reforms.
The pro amnesty lobby among Republicans is also saying that immigration reform will be dead until next year. The perception voiced by Gang of 8 Republicans. Raul Labrador that he does not think immigration is going to happen this session unless some more good-faith efforts come on the part of the president to negotiate. He says it’s not the time for House Republicans to work with President Obama on immigration because the fight to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling had exacerbated the lack of trust between the two sides.
Pro-amnesty House Democrats are also recognizing that comprehensive immigration is unlikely in 2013. However, Reince Priebus, a Republican and National Committee Chairman argued that there is still time for the Republican led House to pass the comprehensive legislation.