President Barack Obama Defended His Immigration Policy In Miami

Posted On 26 Feb 2015
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President Barack Obama on Wednesday in Miami participated in a forum at Florida International University (FIU, for its acronym in English) where he defended his immigration policy, including executive action she announced last November 20. The measure covers the deportation to between 4.5 and 5 million undocumented immigrants.

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Obama insisted that has the legal power to act and fix the immigration system, he said, is broken, and insisted that the profit announced late last year is a temporary measure, and stressed that the permanent solution to the problem of the 11 million undocumented immigrants passing through the approval in Congress for immigration reform.

“For six years I have been calling on Republicans to work on a comprehensive solution and we provide a path for undocumented immigrants attain legal status,” Obama said at the beginning of his speech. “But Republicans refused to bring a bill to the full” (House of Representatives).

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The event, organized by MSNBC, comes as the Federal Court for the Fifth Circuit in Brownsville, Texas, airs a lawsuit sponsored by 26 states against the benefit.

Elsewhere in his speech, the president insisted his administration is prioritizing deportation to those undocumented who have criminal records, but who have not committed crimes should not “be afraid” of being expelled from the United States.

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He insisted that executive action is aimed at protecting the known young undocumented immigrants as dreamers (who entered the country before the age of 16 years old) and parents of citizens and residents who have committed crimes and are in the country so continuously since January 1, 2010.

He said that undocumented immigrants who qualify for executive action should prepare their eligibility documents so that when you complete this legal process, applying for benefits under.

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Obama reiterated his confidence that the end of the day, after the conclusion of legal proceedings, enforcement action will be implemented and millions of undocumented workers can work and contribute “to the economy and our comuinidad”. But he insisted that a permanent solution is approved for immigration reform in Congress.

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The demand

Last week, the Federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen, the Fifth District Broiwnsville temporarily stopped the entry into force of executive action by an injunction. A week later, on Monday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a writ of urgency for Hanen reverse its ruling, but on Tuesday, the judge advised that time would take until Tuesday of next week to respond.

The decision made way for the government to appeal Hanen’s ruling in the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana, told the lawyer UnivisionNoticias.com Ezequiel Hernandez.

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Obama said in an opinion piece published Tuesday in The Hill and the newspaper La Opinion in Los Angeles, “My government will fight against this judgment with all the tools at our disposal,” and stressed that has full confidence that the action Executive overcome the legal battle declared by Republicans.

The event, broadcast by MSNBC and Telemundo, attended FIU students, community leaders, veterans with undocumented relatives and activists organizations defending the rights of immigrants, among others.

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The president also addressed the debate in Congress budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

In January, the House of Representatives (controlled by Republicans) approved by a large majority, a bill and added two amendments, one that cancels executive action and another that prohibits the use DHS budget funds to enforce action executive.

The Senate, until Tuesday, had held three votes. Democrats blocked the attempt to block his way to the immigration measure. While Republicans also control the Senate, have only 53 seats and need at least 60 to pass a law.

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This micelles, however, by 98 votes in favor and 2 against, the Senate approved open the debate on the bill of DHSA budget until September, after separating the amendments proposed by the Republicans to block executive action.

Democrats agreed to continue the discussion after the Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), agreed to separate the amendments approved by the House of Representatives in January.

Obama has warned that it will use its veto to reject any legislation that buries executive action.

The pressure is

Republicans have said that currently the president “is in defense of his overreaching immigration and is struggling to find a legal response to a federal court has blocked its executive unprecedented action,” said Ruth Guerra, director of Hispanic media for the Republican National Committee in a statement.

Obama insisted that the Constitution gives the necessary taking executive action and repair the deteriorated current immigration system temporarily executive.

He also insisted that the final and permanent solution to the problem is immigration reform, and urged the former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, to intercede with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-Ohio) to unlock the debate a bill that passed the Sernado in 2013 and includes a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country.

In a debate at the Florida International University (FIU) for Telemundo and MSNBC chains, Obama tried to encourage the Hispanic immigrant community and assured that does not give “up” and will “aggressively fighting” against Republican filibuster.

On 27 June 2013 the Senate passed a bipartisan bill that included a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. The Republican leadership in the Senate rejected the bill, said he would discuss a plan itself and parties, and in March 2014 noted that not lead to the full because they were confident that the president would enforce the law.

In late June, a year after the passage of S. 744 bill in the Senate, Obama announced he would take an enforcement action in response to the inaction of Congress with the issue of immigration reform. The move was announced by November 20, after the results of the election halftime where Republicans took control of both houses of Congress.

Troubling legacy

During Obama’s first term, his administration broke four successive records of deportations with an annual average of 400,000, which earned him the rejection of the immigrant community.

In the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Democratic candidate promised immigration reform in the first year of his term. But the economic crisis, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and discussion of health care reform delayed commitment.

In 2012, during the re-election campaign, Obama pledged during a “Meet the Candidates” Noticiero Univision organized by the University of Miami (UM), Obama again promised immigration reform.

The executive action protects from deportation to between 4.5 and 5 million undocumented parents of US citizens or legal permanent residents (DAPA, for its acronym in English) that are in the United States since before January 1, 2010.

It also expands coverage of deferred action (DACA, for its acronym in English) of the dreamers of June 15, 2007 to January 1, 2010 and pounds the age limit, which was less than 31 years to June 15 2012.

In the lawsuit filed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Brownsville, Texas, 26 states argue that Obama exceeded its executive functions and benefit violates the constitution.

The Hanen judge issued an injunction stopping the entry into force of executive action in the light of the arguments of the plaintiffs, DHS far not previously published in the Federal Register to allow for public comment.

The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, for its acronym in English) would open the window for receipt of requests for dreamers covered by executive action a day after the ruling by Judge Hanen.

While manda resolved in the courts, the USCIS announced Tuesday it will begin in late May to grant work permits to certain H-4 spouses of foreign professionals H-1B visa holders who have applied for residence.

The benefit is also included in the executive action of November 20 last year.

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