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Immigrants Remain The Sacrificial Lamb In National Elections

By Geetha_CML

Obama disappoints again: immigrants remain THE sacrificial lamb in national elections. After promising to act by meansNYC Immigration Attorney News of executive order by end of summer, Obama has again failed to live up to his word, instead continuing his finger in the wind mode of governance. Many consider this yet another betrayal of his base, some a further demonstration of his absolute lack of courage or even proof that Obama lacks any convictions at all. In any case, this decision will have life shattering consequences for the family members of those who will be deported until action by the President is taken. The effects of this postponement will be catastrophic for the thousands of children who will lose a parent, sibling, or family member; for the spouses who depend, and survive entirely on the income of their husband or wife; those elderly who may have lived in the U.S. for decades and have no family in their native countries; for those who are seriously ill with AIDS or cancer and who will lose access to life sustaining medical care; for those with long standing businesses whose employees will become unemployed once they are deported; and even U.S. employers who will lose the critical skills and know how possessed by their employees facing deportation. Virtually no good will come as a result of the Presidents’ decision to delay action.

Although, perhaps this delay might help the Democrats retain control of the Senate, sooner or later Obama will have to take executive action if he seeks to provide any relief to unlawful immigrants before his term ends. There is little hope the Democrats will recapture the House in this election cycle and thus, at best, the status quote ante will remain with respect to any potential for congressional action on immigration reform until after the next president and Congress are sworn in in 2017. Then, only if a Democrat retains the Presidency, the Democrats retain the Senate, AND retake the House, will there be any chance of earnest Congressional action on immigration reform which might be beneficial to those undocumented. At current rates of removal, the failure of Obama to take executive action could potentially result in the deportation of more than several hundred thousands of long time residents including those with no criminal record, with U.S. citizen children, spouses, parents, homes, property, jobs, businesses, that pay taxes, and who are positive contributing members of our communities. In what way will those deportations be a positive benefit to our society?

Even if the Democrats retain the Senate this November, no one in their right mind actually believes the Republicans will ever have a change of heart about Obama and suddenly start singing rounds of Kumbaya next he visits the halls of Congress. As it is, and will remain after this November, Obama’s legislative agenda is done for the balance of his term unless he wants further authorization to start or continue a war somewhere in the world. So to what end is this delay on executive action? None. It is pure folly. No legislative goal of Obama’s will succeed if the Democrats retain the Senate, nor will his governing be any easier. All that is accomplished in this decision is to further anger and disappoint Obama’s supporters, who despite himself, continue to believe that one day he will find the courage of his convictions (assuming he has any) and act.

Neal Richardson Datta

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