Here we go: Obama now reviewing deportation policy after pressure from immigration activists

posted at 4:41 pm on March 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

They’ve been after him for months to use his magical unilateral executive kung fu and declare a deportation moratorium for the broader illegal population, not just the DREAMers whom he amnestized before the 2012 election. And now, finally, movement.

The amnesty cometh.

The president changed course after months of claiming there was nothing his White House could do to stem the flow of deportations of undocumented immigrants. Obama announced in a meeting readout that he has requested a review of his administration’s enforcement policies for immigration laws to see if that enforcement can be done “more humanely within the confines of the law,” the White House said Thursday…

The White House made the announcement after Obama met for more than an hour Thursday evening with three leading members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus amid a furor in the Latino and immigration-rights community over the number of deportations of undocumented immigrants during his administration.

“The president emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting…

“It is clear that the pleas from the community got through to the President,” Gutierrez said in a later statement. “The CHC will work with him to keep families together. The President clearly expressed the heartbreak he feels because of the devastating effect that deportations have on families.”

Gutierrez, whose only loyalty is to the immigrant community, not to the Democrats, had taken to calling O the “deporter-in-chief” lately in order to twist his arm on this. He didn’t understand why, if Obama can rewrite the law on ObamaCare, he couldn’t summarily rewrite it for deportations too. That’s a completely predictable reaction to executive overreach: The more the president claims a unilateral right to upend the law on behalf of one constituent group, the more other constituent groups will demand similar favors. Power grabs become one more goodie in the federal bag to distribute to special interests.

What now? BuzzFeed looks ahead:

A source close to the CHC said members have their own reservations about what stopping deportations might mean. They say if Obama suspends deportations then it would give Republicans more ammunition to float impeachment, which brings them no closer to comprehensive immigration legislation.

“Let them try to impeach him, who gives a shit?” the source said. “They would be voting to impeach the president for helping the families of undocumented veterans.”

Silver lining: Obama’s not going to proclaim some sort of executive amnesty for illegals unless he’s completely given up on the GOP passing anything this year. It’d be a slap in the face after Boehner’s warnings that the House caucus doesn’t trust him to enforce the law faithfully, essentially a confirmation that they were right. Maybe this “review” he’s ordering is just a bluff to see if Boehner will panic and start moving on immigration again — or, failing that, maybe it’ll bait Republican border hawks into attacking O for it, which might at least get Gutierrez and Latino media off his back. I think he’ll wait to act on this even if he makes up his mind now to do it, just because there’ll be more bang for his buck later. Latino voters won’t save Democrats in the midterms but they could be a boost for them in a higher-turnout election like 2016. If O’s planning an amnesty, he’ll keep it in his pocket and then unveil it next year or in 2016, when the stakes are higher and the rewards bigger.


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undocumented veterans

???

steebo77 on March 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Allah, I don’t know where you get the idea that Obama has any idea as to what he is doing. I don’t think he plans anything. He just reacts in predictable patterns crisis after crises.

Deano1952 on March 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

A fig leaf that the dems can hide behind.

Expect lots of immigration sob stories 24/7.

portlandon on March 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

What is a undocumented Veteran?

Sven on March 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

YOU KNOW WHAT?! F*CK EVERYTHING! I`M TAKING THAT TRIP TO MARS!

ThePrez on March 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

i have nothing to say.

phatfawzi on March 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

He just needs to tell them he fudged the numbers like OBarrycare. They were counting illegals that were causght at the border and returned which no other administration has done. Maybe it is like illegals saved or created!

Sven on March 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

What is a undocumented Veteran?

Sven on March 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

An illegal who worked for the Obama ’08 & Obama ’12 campaigns.

portlandon on March 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

They’ve been after him for months to use his magical unilateral executive kung fu and declare a deportation moratorium for the broader illegal population, not just the DREAMers whom he amnestized before the 2012 election PEN.

Fixed for accuracy.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

YOU KNOW WHAT?! F*CK EVERYTHING! I`M TAKING THAT TRIP TO MARS!

ThePrez on March 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Save me a seat!

NavyMustang on March 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I’m not sure what the devastating effect of immigration is on families, unless some family members aren’t being deported while others are. In that case, the devastation is a choice.

BKeyser on March 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

“Let them try to impeach him, who gives a shit?” the source said. “They would be voting to impeach the president for helping the families of undocumented veterans.”

First of all, what the hell is an “undocumented veteran”? Secondly, there have been some pretty nasty leaders throughout history who justified their heinous actions under the guise of trying to help people. Is that really the road Obama and his supporters want to go down? Imagine what an unchecked Republican President could do using the same rationale.

Doughboy on March 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The GOP should counter with a bill that penalizes businesses BIG TIME for hiring illegals whether they know it or not.

HiJack on March 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Barack Obama
20h
Obama orders review of US deportation practices to see if enforcement can be more humane – @AP
end of alert

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/united-states/

canopfor on March 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM

This is not new. The moronic narcissist in chief has been doing this since he got into office, he’s only seeking to codify it into law using his phone and pen now.

R E V O L U T I O N

That’s what he’s going to get.

Diluculo on March 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

“The president emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system,”

See, it’s all our fault that Mexicans had to leave their homes and families, cross the border illegally, maybe haul in a load of dope, and then fake some ID’s so they could get a job.

Note to White House, our immigration system is only broken to the extent that you effers aren’t in prison for not for enforcing our existing laws.

antipc on March 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

That’s what he’s going to get.

Diluculo on March 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

That’s what he wants.

antipc on March 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Curious, isn’t it, that Obama is more concerned about “the pain” of law-breaking foreigners over the non-existent threat of deportation, than he is about the economic devastation to American citizens and taxpayers of granting legal status to tens of millions of poor, unskilled foreigners (many of whom are already U.S. welfare and food stamp dependents), at a time when the U.S. has record-high levels of unemployment and debt.

AZCoyote on March 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

The only way to stop tyrant preezy and his dictatorial impulses is to distract him golf.

Come on GOP, bring up impeachment in the House, please.

sauldalinsky on March 14, 2014 at 5:15 PM

He just needs to tell them he fudged the numbers like OBarrycare. They were counting illegals that were causght at the border and returned which no other administration has done. Maybe it is like illegals saved or created!

Sven on March 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Yep, some of these Democratic issue groups don’t seem to understand the proggie nudge-nudge-wink-wink.

slickwillie2001 on March 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Senator Sessions outlines plan for GOP success by becoming “The party of work” and enforcing immigration law to see the estimated 50 million Americans unemployed returned to the labor force.

Senator Sessions has consistently worked to protect Americans from predation of illegal aliens in this nation. This approach would serve the GOP well in standing up for the citizens and legal immigrants of this nation.

Today, the PEW Center estimates some 8 million illegal aliens hold full time jobs in this nation. The majority of these jobs are not in agriculture, they are in retail, construction, etc. The figures from PEW also suggest that illegal aliens in this nation suffer a lower unemployment rate that black Americans. The full time employment figure of illegal aliens doesn’t address the number of part time jobs held by illegal aliens in this nation.

When 20 million American citizens and legal immigrants are unemployed and acutely underemployed in this nation for a sitting president and congress to allow illegal aliens to hold 8 million full time jobs is reprehensible. For a sitting president and congress to move to protect and abet those illegal aliens holding 8 million full time jobs, to the great detriment of American citizens and legal immigrants, is despicable.

Illegal immigration and black unemployment

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

American tax payers should brace themselves/open their pockets and expect more of this :) if Barry goes all executive order on this…

jimver on March 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

so i was going to write a letter to the editor, but then that wasn’t going to happen, so i will rant here.

i have lived off and on in china over the years, made some friends, mostly wealthier types, and i have discovered a thing. here, part of an old email from an old friend who is in los angeles to give birth to her daughter:

“I married with the guy you knew, and our first daughter is 4 years old. yang also has a girl, about same old with my daughter, she gave her daughter birth in canada, before that,she and her husband,parents join canada national ship, but they are all in china these years.maybe join a western national ship is a popular thing for chinese.”

this is a thing (i now know 4 women who have done this in one way or another) where woman pay to come to the states under some pretext and give birth here so that there kid, and by extension, entire family can gain citizenship. again, this is not something the poor chinese citizens do, only the rich. and we allow it. it is just pathetic, our attitude as a country to be used in immigration.

truecon on March 14, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Here we go: Obama now reviewing deportation policy after pressure from immigration activists

-Allahpundit headline

“Gutierrez, whose only loyalty is to the immigrant community…”

-Allahpundit headline

Allahpundit, why do you adopt the deceptive language of the left and of the amnesty proponents in referring to *ACTIVISTS FOR ILLEGAL ALIEN AMNESTY AND OPEN BORDERS* as “people loyal to immigrants” or activists for the “immigrant community”? Allahpundit, please be more precise in your language and don’t be so willing to adopt obscuring terms that are meant to make the subjects sound unobjectionable and also to blur the line between legal and illegal immigration.

Also, there are now more illegal aliens in this country than there are unemployed Americans:
http://tinyurl.com/mcg7j5b

bluegill on March 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

What is a undocumented Veteran?

Sven on March 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

A Dim-created myth. Just like the “record number of deportations” under Obama.

AZCoyote on March 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Oops, the second Allahpundit quote was from his post, not the headline.

bluegill on March 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/373230/becoming-party-work-senator-jeff-sessions

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Yes, this is great. Sessions is a hero on this issue.

bluegill on March 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Here we go: Obama now reviewing deportation policy after pressure from immigration activists

…JugEars is a breathing clusterphuck out to destroy this country!…and it is all coming naturally to him.

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

That’s how you create a bunch of shovel-ready immigrants.

NapaConservative on March 14, 2014 at 5:28 PM

This is the final push. It might start slow, but he’s not going to back off, and he’ll create as much chaos and anger as he can. All out fraud..alll out fraud is warming up and the fat lady is clearing her throat. And what do we have?..our representatives leaning over and whispering support to the enemies of this country, and Obama whispering support to our enemies promising “greater flexibility” after the election. Harry Reid calling the American people liers..Eric Holder calling the American people “cowards”. They must be amazed at how easy it was to cower the once proud people.

Mimzey on March 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Barack Obama the illegal president.

FloatingRock on March 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Stop with this Orwellian mendacity, HotOrwellGas. It is not “immigration activists”, it is reward invaders creeps. Creeps who hate America and hate the rule of law and hate America’s Constitution and want Obama to take on even more of the powers of a Pharoah.

VorDaj on March 14, 2014 at 5:37 PM

It’s the “mierda gratis” crowd

NapaConservative on March 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

undocumented immigrants.

They are no more undocumented immigrants that a number of people invading your home, as in home invasion, would be undocumented residents. Is even a little bit of sense too much to expect from hotgag after Malkin sold it out?

VorDaj on March 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

I can’t believe La Raza’s tactical stupidity kicking up a fuss about deportations. Obama’s deportation policy (and the high numbers are exaggerated) was just short-term enforcement theater to dupe support for yet another amnesty and further permanent relaxation of immigration limits. Short-term pain for a much greater long-term gain as far as the open-borders lobby should have been concerned.

In any case, let me propose a meme: Obama is more concerned about amnesty work permits for 12 million illegal foreign workers than jobs for 4 million unemployed African-American ones. Suckahs!

kd6rxl on March 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

“To make them more humane”?? What the hell does that even mean? No one asks for any basis or definition of that claim. This guy can just make up any old kind of bullshit and no one ever calls him on it.
The federal government has water stations with emergency phones in desert areas of know illegal alien traffic. The instructions on their use is written in English, Spanish and Chinese.
Does anyone know what bill was passed and how funds were allocated for these stations? When pictures of these stations are shown to politicians, they claim ignorance of them…a passive surprise. But they show zero outrage.

Mimzey on March 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

“Let them try to impeach him, who gives a shit?” the source said. “They would be voting to impeach the president for helping the families of undocumented veterans.”

So their defense is “The law is whatever the President dictates on any given day, subject to change tomorrow, if you don’t like that, who gives a shit”?

Can some clever liberal explain how this form of a “representative republic” differs from a dictatorship precisely?

gekkobear on March 14, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I assume an “undocumented veteran” is someone who sneaked into the army and served for years before anyone noticed. Maybe they were filling the ranks that American soldiers won’t fill?

Fred 2 on March 14, 2014 at 6:14 PM

The GOP should counter with a bill that penalizes businesses BIG TIME for hiring illegals whether they know it or not.

HiJack on March 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Why? The GOP establishment (and their big money donors) wants this too.

celt on March 14, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Come on GOP, bring up impeachment in the House, please.

sauldalinsky on March 14, 2014 at 5:15 PM

With a scathing attack against the Democrats for coddling this treasonous liar.

HiJack on March 14, 2014 at 6:19 PM

There may be an amnesty, but I can’t understand why the GOP is screaming about deporting (1) anyone who’s committed a crime since arriving, (2) any visa overstaryer, and (3) anyone who entered or remained on the basis of a fabricated or stolen ID.

Then we can talk.

BuckeyeSam on March 14, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Pelosi will be Speaaker in Jan. 2015 if the Rs pass amnesty.

She’ll fully deserve it.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2014 at 6:52 PM

He goes for it it’ll definitely force Boehner to oppose Obama on paper… and help demonize the Dems even further.

Ukiah on March 14, 2014 at 7:49 PM