President Obama might take executive action to prevent the deportation of undocumented immigrants even if the current immigration reform hopes falter in the House.
While it would not grant undocumented immigrants citizenship, it would help alleviate the lives of millions who live under constant fear of deportation. It would also serve as a hard blow against the Republicans, drawing the Hispanic vote even further away from their grasp than it already is.
Said Republican Senator Marco Rubio earlier this month: “I believe that [Obama] will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, to issue an executive order as he did for the Dream Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million by the sign of a pen.”
While many cried out that Obama doing such a thing basically amounts to blackmail against people against immigration reform, those who support the movement are fine with that assertion. They see it as a penalty against Congress for inaction.
Some believe Obama doing such a thing would be unconstitutional, but the vast majority of legal experts agree that it is completely legal and possible.
Obama has made many promises the Latino community over the years, and he’s failed to live up to many of them. Taking executive action to prevent deportation would go a long way to making good on his promises to serve the community he has been neglecting.
While immigration reform may not make significance progress — mostly thanks to a stuffed up House — at least we know there is some good news coming for undocumented immigrants, one way or another.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants