Immigration Reform News 2014: House Democrats Campaign for Executive Action on Immigration Reform
November's midterm elections have prompted House Democrats to advocate to Hispanic voters and the president, in part, to take executive action on decisions regarding immigration reform. The call to action, posted on Thursday to Univsion.com, seems to address President Obama as well as potential supporters on the Spanish-language site.
With Congress stumbling on making any definitive action regarding immigration regulations, Obama said earlier this year that he would utilize his executive authority to address deportation policies and other laws. However, he has since backpedaled under pressure from Democratic party leaders to delay any major decisions until after the midterm elections.
Liberal Democrats in government have found the president's delays frustrating, especially leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who have lobbied for change in immediately cutting down deportations.
And with the latest polls showing reduced Hispanic support for their party, House Democrats formulated arguments on why the president should act sooner rather than later.
"[Just] as presidents before him, President Obama has broad authority to make our immigration system better meet the needs of our country and reflect our shared values," Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez and Rep. Zoe Lofgren wrote in their op-ed. "And every Administration since President Dwight D. Eisenhower has used executive authority to do just that."
These Democratic Representatives, Pelosi and Lofgren from California and Gutiérrez from Illinois, are voicing the variety of reasons Obama should pare back deporting people in the U.S. illegally and allowing foreign students and those waiting for their green cards to remain in the country for longer periods of time. The House members cite similar examples of policies Obama could adopt that were approved under the Ford, Carter, Reagan and George H. W. Bush's administrations.
"[There] are dozens of reforms that the President can adopt," the Democrats wrote in their appeal.
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