Do Not Let Alone Obama And Boehner

Posted On 17 Mar 2014
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Tag: immigration reform, Obama And Boehner, undocumented immigrants

President Barack Obama next to republican Congressman John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

We love to say that Hispanics are no longer a sleeping giant. Well, now it’s time to prove it.

Very soon will be deported from the U.S. immigrant number 2 million. Barack Obama has deported more undocumented immigrants than any other American president. So there are many Hispanics angry with him. And it shows.

What was once rare is now common. Each time President Obama goes public speaking; there is the possibility that there appear a young man yelling to stop the deportations. When that happens, the president usually stops his speech and very patiently explains that he has no power to stop deportations. And then continues his speech.

But many Latinos believe that the president is wrong on two things: first, deporting many immigrants who have no criminal record and, second, to say that you cannot stop most of these deportations. Yes yes I can-can-say several lawyers and legal experts.

The White House is surprised by the number of attacks you are getting lately by the Latino community. No waiting for him. Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, the most powerful Latino organization in the country she called “Deportador in Chief” Obama in a recent speech. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congressmen Luis Gutierrez (D-Il) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) will have turned to the president and have publicly asked not destroy more families with deportations. And until the student organization United We Dream recently changed its strategy and, above all, it calls on President not to deport more undocumented parents of students.

This change in the attitude of many Latino leaders and the media in Spanish were unexpected. Many believed that the fury of Latinos would be directed against the leader of the House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-Ohio), and against the Republican Party for blocking immigration reform in Congress. But, instead, which is being attacked is the president. Why?

I think many Hispanics-most of who, according to polls, supports legalization of the 11 million undocumented immigrants-and gave up with Republicans. The perceived as anti-immigrant, and think about enemies punish dissenting votes in the presidential elections of 2016. The threat to Republicans is clear: to block immigration reform they will again lose the White House.

But Republicans do not believe that threat and, also, as did their political calculation. Consider block immigration reform in Congress will not affect them much in the 2014 congressional elections. And let their candidates are responsible for defining its immigration policy by 2016. The White House betting is not lost. The Latino vote back.

But both calculations, from my point of view, they are wrong. Is, I think, too early to give up and stop pressuring Republicans. There are still many months of this year to convince them that would benefit the country-and-pass immigration reform.

The strategy, therefore, must be twofold: do not leave in peace-until President Obama stops the deportation of most people who are not criminal, particularly of “mixed families” with undocumented immigrants and legal residents. But neither Republican leader Boehner (up to carry immigration reform vote in the House of Representatives).

Criticizing President Obama is right. It is contradictory to say that supports legalizing undocumented workers and at the same time, deport those who would benefit from such legalization. Your review its policies by deportation is a good step but not enough.

However, you also have to criticize, and hardness, to Boehner and the Republicans. We must make them feel very uncomfortable for its anti-Latino and anti-immigrant attitudes.

We love to say that Hispanics are no longer a sleeping giant. Well, now it’s time to prove it.

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