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The Obama Administration’s Careful Tap Dance Around the Immigration Issue

April 6th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Last week on a press conference call with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, I mentioned that the immigration and deportation issue was brought up again and that Cecilia Muñoz from the White House said that President Obama and the administration would enforce the current immigration laws. Muñoz also added  that there would be no selective enforcement of those laws just because the immigration system is broken. I immediately thought that this isn’t going to sit well with many of the immigration activists in our community who have been asking for the administration to ease up on its enforcement efforts until immigration reform is passed.

Well, the White House is taking this message of continuing down enforcement road (and not stopping the deportations that many are asking to be halted) a step further by asking some members of Congress to not attend a news conference that took place last week where some law makers and advocates were advocating for administrative relief.

Bloomberg reports:

‘Several members of Congress who were scheduled to attend a March 31 news conference on the issue said administration officials contacted them to voice concern about their participation. Until U.S. immigration law is overhauled, the lawmakers say, Obama should use his executive power to protect families facing deportation or separation because at least one parent is an illegal immigrant.

“The staffers that are attached to us, the liaisons, they transmitted some concern,” said Representative Mike Honda of California, a former chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, referring to the White House legislative affairs office. “They would have loved us not to have gone to the press conference.”

Honda, a Japanese-American, attended with other officials, including Asian and black lawmakers, even after getting a call, because it’s “not only about Hispanics,” he said. “I want to broaden that so people don’t think just brown.”’

The White House is taking a risk in asking members to not attend press conferences like these and to ease up on their own advocacy. However, I think that this calculation was made with the notion that undocumented people aren’t eligible to vote anyway and that issues such as the economy and education tend to be listed as priorities for Latinos, while it has only been rather recent that immigration has emerged as a top issue. This calculated risk could backfire if more states pass Arizona-style laws, and the immigration issue continues to be at the forefront of the priority list for Latino registered voters.

Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Immigration

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MaRiA // Apr 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Well its sad but true no nos quieren aqui es ovio pero tenemos reprentantes en el congreso Cecilia Munoz que pasa nos representa en el congreso es la voz del pueblo??? o no????? Que opina usted???

  • 2 Tiredofwhining // Apr 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    There are alot of latinos that have no interest in being a society with other races. I find them to be racist against whites and blacks in my neighborhood. They howl like animals in the alleys all night shooting of fire arms. Dealing drugs all the while rufusing to speak english and talking about gentrification in areas built by eastern europeans. Women screaming foul language at their “man” please clean up your community it’s an embarassment. Quite frankly the entitlement of your people makes them look lazy. The people that don’t look lazy are sending all the money home. I wish all the illegals would get out. Im all for people coming to this country but you have to go through the proper channels like I did

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