President Obama Meets With Latino Lawmakers About Immigration Reform

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President Obama is meeting with Latino lawmakers about immigration reform. In an attempt to pacify immigration advocates, the President held a meeting of prominent Latino legislators at the White House. Democrat lawmakers such as Representative Luis Gutierrez, D-IL, Representative Ruben Hinojosa, D-TX, the current chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and House Democrat Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, D-CA, attended the meeting and sought ways of altering current immigration laws.

The President told the congressmen that he was concerned about the pain families suffered when separated by immigration policies. He will be asking Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson to explore the Department’s practices and find a humane way of dealing with illegal immigrants while staying within the confines of the law. A spokesman from the White House declined to answer how or what the government could do to alter the current policy or when Secretary Johnson was to report back to the President with his recommendations.

As the prospect of immigration reform appears unlikely in Congress, President Obama’s meeting with Latino lawmakers about immigration reform was a White House attempt to rekindle the issue. Immigration advocates have lobbied President Obama to stop all deportations, something the President claims he cannot do on his own. His announcement to reexamine the laws and test the limits of his authority demonstrated the President’s willingness to explore all options available to his administration. The President wanted to emphasize he too was concerned about the separation of families with the current system in place.

Immigration activists insist that President Obama stop deportations for parents of children brought to the U.S. illegally. In 2012, he signed an such an executive order. Immigration groups say the measure does not go far enough.

Critics such as Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza have criticized President Obama as being “the deporter in chief.” Her organization lambasted the Obama administration for soon reaching two million deportations, a number too high for a nation of immigrants.

Representative Gutierrez has a large Latino district. He previously criticized the Obama Administration for its inaction concerning illegal immigration. When Homeland Secretary Johnson meets with the entire Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressman Gutierrez will raise further options to address the issues facing his constituents. The congressman announced he was pleased with his recent White House visit and that the President expressed the intense feelings the congressman had about the effects deportations leave on families. The congressman added that the White House had been dormant for too long concerning immigration reform.

The President also intended to meet with members of congress working to pass bipartisan immigration legislation to prevent deportations. The goal is to pass an immigration policy that would lead to a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. The Senate passed such a comprehensive bill last June. A similar measure stalled in the House.

While Congress delays action, the Obama Administration wants to find a more humane way of enforcing the current immigration laws. President Obama meeting with Latino lawmakers about immigration reform was the first step in that process.

By Brian T. Yates



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7 Responses to "President Obama Meets With Latino Lawmakers About Immigration Reform"

  1. Joe Thompson   April 17, 2014 at 8:04 am

    All nations enforce immigration laws, why should america be any different. But if we americans enforce our immigration laws, then we’re just a bunch of cruel, wicked monsters, give me a break.

  2. Tess   March 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

    We need our laws enforced….sure!…do you know that Florida was bought from Spain around 1840 but the government of United Stated never paid for it?
    Are all the people living in Florida citizens of Spain and (consequently) illegal in USA?
    Please, study the history of this country… Being a country created by immigrants who occupied the land of the Indians, other European colonies and even part of Mexico (California, Texas etc.) things are not that simple, my friend.

  3. Moses Gibson   March 17, 2014 at 11:29 am

    @Zoe, those of us here legally don’t have our families torn apart because we can go back and visit them and they can come here to visit us. The immigrant community is going to revenge for this horrible treatment of other human being that you and the Republican party enjoy.

    @ Claudia Larson – parents of those children pay taxes too.

  4. Claudia Larson   March 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

    The penalty for being in the US without documentation is DEPORTATION – how did that get changed????? The “Reform” bill represents subsidy for the foreign lawless at the expense of US taxpayers. It costs $12,000 a year to educate 1 child – for 13 years (KP-12) $156,000.

    There are 6,000,000 children in the US belonging to at least one undocumented parent coasting 6,000,000 X $156,000 = $936,000,000,000. Whose going to pay for that???? We going to borough money from China to educate Mexico????

  5. Zoe   March 17, 2014 at 8:28 am

    So now the Immigration Debate focuses only on the undocumented immigrants and how to fix their positions. – how to stop their families being torn apart.
    Well many people here on legal visas have their families divided when the children reach 21 and aren’t covered by the visa anymore – and the parents can’t afford Out of State Tuition rates for them to stay in college if they become International Students and they leave the US – often returning to a country they haven’t lived in for most of their lives.
    Immigration Reform should help ALL immigrants – not just the ones with the loudest voices

  6. Vickie Arnold   March 17, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Perhaps the traitor in Chief would meet with some taxpayers who are sick and tired, not to mention overburdened, with the overpopulating, perpetually pregnant, lawless, unskilled, uneducated, welfare dependent parasites.

  7. Charles Edward Brown   March 17, 2014 at 6:03 am

    We need our immigration laws enforced and all illegal aliens should be deported. It is wrong to pander to illegal aliens and reward criminals who broke the law and brought their own families here illegally. We need our laws enforced and all illegal aliens should be deported.


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