It’s within Obama’s power to fix immigration today

The President of the United States of America 2008 - ?The dust has, for the most part, settled.

Washington is back to doing what Washington does best — petty bickering and not fulfilling promises. As written before, immigration reform seems unlikely. Things are still tense, with the possibility of another government shutdown looming on the horizon (and the sour taste of the recent one still fresh), and neither side particularly wants to compromise on anything at this point.

It might be until well into 2015 that Congress decides to try and approach the issue of immigration reform again (2014 is election year, and thus not the time for any politicians to make risky gestures that would threaten their seats).

But the nation hasn’t stopped fighting for change. Over the last month, large-scale nonviolent protests — largely ignored by the media — have taken place. Activists have stopped deportation buses by chaining themselves to the wheels. It echoes the Civil Rights movement.

Back in August, Senator Rubio said that Obama could “legalize 11 million people by the sign of a pen.”

The reaction was muddy. Some were shocked at the prospect, some thought it wasn’t possible, and some wholeheartedly supported it.

Things have changed since August, though. The chances for immigration reform being passed are more dire than before. Obama finds himself in a unique spot, as historical precedents would support a decision to take matters into his own hands.

Whether he does or not remains to be seen. But it’s certainly an option that becomes more and more attractive with each passing day.

More on Immigration Reform:

  • Immigration Reform 2013
  • Gang of 8
  • Earned Citizenship
  • Streamlining Immigration
  • Strengthening Border Security
  • More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants