Obama Weighs Broader Move on Legal Immigration

Laura Wides-Munoz and Josh Lederman, Huffington Post, August 21, 2014

President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration.

Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he’d adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his authority to help people who have already violated immigration laws.

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One of the more popular requests among business and family groups is a change in the way green cards are counted that would essentially free up some 800,000 additional visas the first year, advocates say.

The result would be threefold: It would lessen the visa bottleneck for business seeking global talent; shorten the green card line for those being sponsored by relatives, a wait that can stretch nearly 25 years; and potentially reduce the incentive for illegal immigration by creating more legal avenues for those wanting to come, as well as those already here.

Obama’s aides have held more than 20 meetings in recent months with business groups and other interest groups to discuss possibilities, ahead of an announcement about next steps the president is expected to make in September. {snip}

Obama’s options without new laws from Congress are limited and would only partially address obstacles business groups say are preventing them from hiring more workers. Even so, administration officials say these groups are urging the White House to help streamline a complex and unpredictable system.

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Obama in June announced that in the face of congressional inaction, he would act on his own to address as much of the nation’s immigration mess as he could. Since then, advocates for the roughly 11 million people living in the country illegally have lobbied for deportation relief particularly for the parents of U.S.-born children and the parents of youth who authorized to remain in the country under a program Obama announced in 2012.

But in recent weeks, other groups have stepped up public pressure in favor of presidential action that would change how the legal immigration system operates, too.

Those who support changing the green card count say each year half of the 140,000 employment-based green cards issued go to spouses and children, unnecessarily reducing the numbers available to workers.

Other requests have included removing the requirement that some spouses of U.S. citizens return to their native country for at least three years before they can apply for U.S. residency, as well as extending work permits to the spouses of all temporary H1-B skilled workers.

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U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., slammed the White House this week for meeting with big business to bring in more workers while “tens of millions of Americans are on welfare, unemployment and public assistance.”

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  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups

    All of sudden, the Occutard-in-chief loves the top 1%? Or actually the top 0.01%. Ask a left winger why he or she has the same immigration ideology as that of the Koch brothers, and watch his or her brain blue screen.

    Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his authority to help people who have already violated immigration laws.

    I fail to see how that “undercuts” the dictatorial nature of what Obama is doing or the credibility of the supposedly opposition party from making it just because some of the big donors to the opposition party would be made happy. If anything, the RINO establishment is hoping that Obama goes ahead and does this, because their own donors will get what they want but Republicans will get none of the blame. Likewise, Obama really doesn’t want to do this, he wants some legislation so that he can reap the benefits yet channel public anger toward Republicans, some of whom (if nowhere near a majority of them) would have their fingerprints on such legislation.

  • Oil Can Harry

    As usual Jeff Sessions appears to be the only adult in the room.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Jeffay por el jefe, 2016!

  • IstvanIN

    Just what we need, a country of 1 billion third worlders paved from coast to coast. There seems to be only one American in the Senate, Mr. Sessions.

  • MindHead99

    The Oligarchs love to import cheap slave labor and keep US workers from getting paid more. At the very least, immigrants should not be eligible for any government benefits until they become citizens. Free stuff for life is like gravity sucking in freeloaders from around the world. It is a recipe for doom.

  • willbest

    “shorten the green card line for those being sponsored by relatives,”

    A desirable immigrant is one that would put his new country’s health over the wishes of his family. There should be no such thing as relative sponsorship.

    ” would only partially address obstacles business groups say are preventing them from hiring more workers.”

    U6 unemployment is something like 17% and 1/3rd of all STEM grads don’t go into STEM. Seems to me like businesses don’t really have any objective metric with which to say there aren’t enough workers or that they lack the qualifications that businesses need.

    • Peter Connor

      Cheap indentured servants is what they want–US has the smartest STEM people in the world.

  • Paleoconn

    Let’s get a list of all these pro-immigration businesses and boycott the bastards. These are traitors to the country that puts food on their table.

  • Rhialto

    Another indication that your president wants to destroy White men more than he wants to help Blacks.

    • IstvanIN

      Look at Zimbabwe and South Africa for proof of that.

  • Cid Campeador

    Sure Barack. Bring in more Africans and Muslims. How many of the latter will be ISIS agents? WE need either an impeachment or a military coup. Notice how the military has been diluted by the firing of officers and experienced NCOs?

  • Usually Much Calmer

    This story should have been the top post.
    I don’t really need to piss and moan about some idiot and the stupid stuff he thinks and gets published. (Though I did.)

    Dealing with this immigration mess is our ‘Job 1′.

  • WR_the_realist

    Obama will kowtow to the rich on exactly the issues where he shouldn’t.

    John Engelman, if Jeff Sessions ran for president against Hillary Clinton, would you still for for Hillary?

  • Alexandra1973

    Just now my son and I walked to the local Goodwill, as he had money to buy some cheap toys.

    What did I see but what looked like grandma, mom, and three brown kids. The kids had the pieces of a toy scattered and were playing with that, right in the toy section. I’d never let my son do that.

    I don’t usually see Hispanics around here. Must’ve come up from Orrville–plenty of ‘em in that part of the county.

  • Mrfinoni

    Please do not take this the wrong way but if the United States goes down the toilet the rest of the West is sure to follow. How can the senior elected officials conceive that the progeny of third worlders elevate the quality of life and standard of living of the United States. Are they retarded. The elite of the cesspools around the world are comfortable living in mansions surrounded by open sewers. White people just have higher standards. This unmaking of America will have long term serious ramifications for the whole world. Lets see… more crime, more pollution, more urban decay, more poverty, more terrorism, etc…etc… and less and less and less of the White European peoples that built American and the West. Bejing and the Kremlin must be laughing.