Hispanic Group Critiques Obama on Immigration Reform

Despite improving some services and moving to block strict state laws, the administration of President Barack Obama has not delivered on immigration reform promises, according to a recent National Hispanic Leadership Agenda progress report.

“In no other area of public policy have the Obama Administration and Congress over-promised and under-delivered more than immigration,” the report states.

In its report, NHLA praises the U.S. Department of Justice for securing an injunction against Arizona’s strict omnibus immigration law, SB 1070, which NHLA says would have led to racial profiling in the state. The organization also recognizes the administration for cracking down on vigilante anti-immigrant crime and commends U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for streamlining naturalization processes.

These positive steps have been overshadowed, NHLA says, by legislative inaction or stalemates at the federal level. No action has been taken on Congressional bills to reunite immigrant families, and after passage in the House of Representatives, the Senate blocked passage of the Dream Act. In addition to these legislative disappointments, NHLA says the Obama Administration has increased deportations of Hispanic immigrants.

The U.S. Supreme Court might soon provide direction regarding immigration reform, as the state of Arizona recently petitioned the top court to overturn the injunction blocking SB 1070.