The WH Immigration Meeting Today

April 19th, 2011 · 7 Comments

The White House had sent out this list of people who were expected (and presumably attended) the meeting called by President Obama regarding advancing immigration reform today:

“Administration officials expected to attend the meeting include:

Attorney General Eric Holder

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President & Senior Advisor

Nancy Ann DeParle, Assistant to the President & Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy

Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President & Director of Domestic Policy Council

Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy & Director of National Economic Council

Austan Goolsbee, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers

Cecilia Munoz, Deputy Assistant to the President & Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

Heidi Avery, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security

Stakeholders expected to attend the meeting include:

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals

Hon. Michael Bloomberg, City of New York

Bill Bratton, Former Police Chief, City of Los Angeles and City of New York

Hon. Julian Castro, Mayor, City of San Antonio

Secretary Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary Homeland Security

Governor John Engler, President and CEO, Business Roundtable

Hon. Eric Garcetti, City Council, President City of Los Angeles

Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Former Secretary of Commerce

Raymond Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department

Senator Mel Martinez, Former United States Senator/Chairman, Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean JP Morgan Chase

Greg Page, Chairman & CEO, Cargill

Secretary Federico Pena, Former Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Energy

John Podesta, CEO, Center for American Progress

Charles Ramsey, Chief of Police, City of Philadelphia/President, Major City Chiefs

Al  Sharpton, President, National Action Network

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former California Governor

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO

John C. Wester, Bishop, Archdiocese of Salt Lake City”

Notice the absence of NCLR, LULAC and even some of the local immigrant rights organizations like CHIRLA or even CASA de Maryland, which is actually in closer proximity to DC.

The President asked these leaders and stakeholders to help him “change the debate” on immigration, but it seems that the biggest change can come from the President in terms of offering administrative relief to DREAMers who have been requesting it.

United We DREAM, a group of activist undocumented young adults, sent out a press release today titled “President Obama: Yes, you can!” asking the President to exercise his discretion in providing relief to DREAM eligible young people, who would have been legalized had the DREAM Act passed. President George W. Bush actually did defer the departure of a class of people back in 2007. So it seems that President Obama does have the power to act.

I’m not so convinced that much will come from this meeting, as no Congressional members were present either. Congress is actually on recess this week.


Tags: Barack Obama · Immigration · LULAC · National Council of La Raza

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jesus (Hay-soos) // Apr 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I suspect with all those people assembled in one place, they could have kicked off a Hot Air Ballon Race.

    Bla, bla, bla … nothing to see here folks…

    Clouds of deportations, discrimination, & economic oppression have not moved one iota…

  • 2 Anna // Apr 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    The meeting was probably more like, “How can we get Latinos to vote for us again without passing CIR?”

  • 3 Anna // Apr 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    ICE, IRS Raid Chuy’s Restaurants in Arizona and California, While Barack Obama Plays Latinos Like a Fiddle

  • 4 Chicano future tense // Apr 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I believe we should not allow the Democratic party establishment,DNC,Obama and co to continue running roughshod over the rights of Undocumented Immigrants.
    If Latinos do nothing to resist draconian proto-fascistic policies which destroy Undocumented workers and their families,then we should expect more of the same.
    You can bet Obama and co will have their Latino apologists,democratic party operatives,minions and loyalists out in full force as election 2012 approaches.
    I have no doubt they will viciously attack those who advocate resistance,who are vociferous critics of administration policy,those who refuse to support Obama re-election in 2012.
    They will attempt to isolate,marginalize and discredit critics using the tried and true methods of labelling those who oppose them as “trouble makers”,“outside agitators”,”extremists”, “radicals” “GOP operatives”.. etc etc..
    They of course will rely heavily on the old trap of coerced voting for the lesser of two evils in order to keep Latinos captives on their plantation.I predict It will work.I hope I am wrong.

    And because they have such tremendous advantage in money,resources,the media,establishment Latinos and politicians they will more than likely be significantly successful in hustling the Latino Vote for Obama 2012.
    But this does not mean that we who are critics,who resent and despise the horrible treatment of Undocumented Workers and their families,should roll over and wave the white flag of surrender to the Democratic Party administration and party establishment.
    To do so would be a betrayal to human and civil rights not only for Undocumented workers but to all latinos as well as all those who believe in a just,fair and equitable democratic society.
    We must not compromise on human rights and justice.
    It is right and correct for us to resist and refuse cooperation and support for those who torment our Mexican brothers and sisters sin papeles.
    We must draw a line in the sand sometime even if it means opposing and going against powerful establishment Latinos in politics ,elected office as well as the Media.
    If this is what it takes,then let it be…

  • 5 acohen // Apr 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Actually, the meeting probably centered around…

    “We’ve deported a million immigrants so far, more than any Administration of our lifetime.” [Loud applause] “Despite those record deportations, we have 70% approval rating among Latinos, so we know we’ve still got the Latino vote in the bag.” [Applause] “Our challenge today is still to find ways not to pass reform yet continue to blame it on the Republicans. This becomes more and more difficult the longer we’re in to my term. However, if we’re unified, and stay on message, I’m certain we can continue to convince Latinos that it’s not our fault. And if that doesn’t work, we’ll send that Latina with the big hips to Arizona. What’s her name? [Aide whispers into Obama’s ear] Yes, her, Shakira. That worked great the last time and all we had to do was give her an invitation to a state dinner. Those people will do anything for us.” [Laughter and applause]

  • 6 Anna // Apr 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Re: “we have 70% approval rating among Latinos”

    I wouldn’t be so sure about that. The same poll also said that only 43% were planning to vote for him.

    I don’t think disgust with Obama will translate into votes for the GOP. Instead, I think turnout will be low.

  • 7 IE // Apr 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    @acohen, I have to admit, as funny as that comment was, I have to agree with you…Nice work!

Leave a Comment