President Obama made many different promises during his “Change Campaign in 2008” and there was no way he would get everything done. The president has been given a second term as the leader of the free world, and the Hispanics expect him to follow through with his promises.
In 2008, President Obama made a pledge to Latino voters that he would pass comprehensive immigration within his first year in office. The president failed to get this done, and allowed record breaking numbers of deportations to take place during his administration. For the fourth year in a row, the Obama administration set a record for the number of people deported, and the total reached 409,849.
Immigration advocates are extremely disappointed in these numbers, because many of the people deported are breadwinners, parental family members, and hardworking relatives. The number of people deported under President Obama has risen each of his four years in office, culminating in the record he set in fiscal year 2012.
“That’s a dubious accomplishment, “said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, which supports a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants. “In reality, these numbers reflect the urgency with which our government needs to create a better immigration process. Instead of spending our limited resources on deportations we need laws that strengthen our families, our communities, and our economy.”
Many Hispanics voted for the president in 2012, and they want the president to follow through with his promises he made in 2008. President Obama announced an executive order for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, which only allows for employment authorization, not residency, and much less a pathway to citizenship.
The president has always been on a thin line with a pathway to citizenship, because the politicians have no idea what to do with 11 million illegal immigrants. Americans have always been a country of immigrants, but 11 million immigrants can change the course of history, and take control of different markets and positions of power.
On Wednesday, January 3rd, the immigrants’ right advocates and their supporters will kick off a 1,000 mile Caravan from Central Florida to Washington D.C. The Forward-With Your Promise Caravan will stop in different states and reach Washington D.C. on January 20th, in time for the Inauguration. It is a culmination of many immigration groups forming a coalition, and reminding the president of the pain of families separated by deportation and detention.
Many experts think that once President Obama gets through with the fiscal cliff, he will focus on comprehensive immigration reform. President Obama and his administration argue that the Homeland Department has done a good job deporting more convicted criminals, and people who should not be in the country. They say that 96% of the people they are deporting include border-crossers, repeat immigration violators, and fugitives from immigration court.
Deporting and detaining over 1.5 million immigrants over the last four years has been extremely expensive, and the utilization of a multiplicity of many resources. Some fiscal analyses think this has been a waste of millions of taxpayers’ money, because there is no comprehensive plan to address the immigration issue.
The president has four years to develop a plan for immigration reform. There is a group of congressional lawmakers known as the “Gang of Eight that is meeting and developing laws on the immigration issue. The group includes key players on immigration reform, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and they are hoping to have a plan early in 2013, and passage of a bill by June 2013.
This is not going to be an easy task because over 11 million illegal immigrants are looking over your shoulder, and they all want to be American citizens. It will be interesting to see if Congress can agree on what to do with 11 million illegal immigrants.