Hispanics Promised Obama Will Act on Immigration by Year’s End

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, October 1, 2014

President Obama deployed a top Cabinet secretary Wednesday to assure Hispanic leaders that the White House will take executive action this year to stop deportations for more illegal immigrants, trying to revive Hispanic voters’ backing of Democrats ahead of November’s elections.

“The question of executive action, my friends, is a ‘when’ question,” Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez assured attendees at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s convention.

Mr. Obama likely will deliver the same message when he speaks to the gathering Thursday–and will be met by protesters furious over his broken promise to issue executive action by the end of the summer to halt many deportations.

“During Hispanic Heritage Month, we urge the president to remember all the Latino families across the country separated because of his inaction,” said Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA, one of the groups organizing pickets outside of the convention center in Washington.


“For us to be told that the executive action’s going to happen after the election is–I’m sorry to tell you this–the height of political cynicism,” said Ana Navarro, a Republican campaign operative who wants the GOP to embrace an immigration bill. “I mean, could it be more obvious and more blatant? Can’t you at least lie to me and tell me that’s not why you’re doing it?”

Still, Ms. Navarro’s fellow Republicans “haven’t been all that good either” on the issue. She said while she believes most Republicans want to pass an immigration bill, they have been swamped by a vocal minority.


Mr. Obama’s job approval ratings have tumbled among Hispanics, from 74 percent in early 2013 to 52 percent now, according to Gallup.


Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat and a leading party voice on the issue, said he is tired of immigrants having their interests shunted aside for political reasons.

He said Mr. Obama wouldn’t have put off action until after the election if the issue had been abortion rights or gay rights.

“I think he should have acted before the election,” Mr. Gutierrez told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute audience Wednesday, drawing enthusiastic applause. “All we did is make our people suffer even more, and the political issue of immigration is going to be there.”

Mr. Perez, the labor secretary, said Hispanics shouldn’t lose faith in Mr. Obama. He noted that the president’s commitment to immigration goes back to his time in the Illinois Senate.

“It is an issue that is all about his values and his leadership,” said Mr. Perez, whom Mr. Obama backed through a tricky confirmation battle in 2013 to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the administration.

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  • Oil Can Harry

    Great idea, massive third world immigration during an Ebola epidemic.

    Not to mention all the infectious diseases being brought in by Hispanic border-jumpers.

    • JackKrak

      Soon, having open, festering sores all over your body and a wet hacking cough will get you priority over everyone else in the immigration line.

      • SentryattheGate

        It worked for AIDS carriers!

  • Except…Obama has a history of this.

    Remember last year? He piled the throats of the gun grabbers with grandiose pie in the sky promises that he was going to use his precious pen and phone to do a big executive order that would all but eviscerate Amendment the Second. Well, when he got around to actually signing something, it was a useless laundry list of suggestions and bureaucratic gibberish. To wit:


    And I think it’s going to happen again. If Obama does anything, it will be similarly toothless.

    However, don’t take your eye off the bouncing ball. The bouncing ball is administrative amnesty (i.e. not enforcing immigration law), and the fact that REFUGEE is the new AMNESTY.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Obama wants to lay the groundwork for unavoidable civil/social war one day.

      • Canadian Friend

        It could be the Cloward Piven strategy in action; causes crisises, overwhelm the system, once the system is weak impose a change that the population is in no position to oppose/stop/fight

        Obama may be the first anti-USA President as weird as this may sound…

  • phillyguy

    oh goody , more disease carrying third world trash becoming American citizens!

  • WR_the_realist

    This is one instance where I hope Obama is lying but I fear he is not.

    The fact that so few Republicans are speaking out against this shows how useless most of them are, too.

  • The voters get to act on immigration next month.
    This ebola deal could’nt of happened at a better time.

    • IstvanIN

      It had better get pretty bad before the election and even then I don’t think it will do any good.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    He’ll need Harry Reid in control of the Senate to get away with this without an enormous uproar, which is why the Democrat super-rich will be spending upwards of 500 million dollars to keep the Democratic majority:

    “Among the groups reporting the biggest political ad spending, the 15 top Democrat-aligned committees have outraised the 15 top Republican ones $453 million to $289 million in the 2014 cycle, according to a POLITICO analysis of the most recent Federal Election Commission reports (through August) . . .” Politico, Sept 22

    • Canadian Friend

      And to hide these inconvenient facts the main stream media – which is an arm of the left – will make up stories of the Koch brothers buying elections or something along those lines about how Republicans are evil rich white men with too much money and power.

  • JohnEngelman

    Immigration is a hot potato for both political parties. The Republicans can probably play it better as a vote getter simply because the GOP has become the party of the white majority at all income levels.

    Nevertheless, the business community has always dominated the Republican Party. Employers benefit from unlimited immigration because it enables them to lower wages and salaries.

    Republican politicians will probably play immigration the way they have played abortion. They will make speeches against it, while doing nothing effectively to reduce it.

    • WR_the_realist

      Unfortunately you are right about that. Some Republicans really are against illegal immigration and vote that way but enough are on the pro-cheap labor side of the fence that combined with the Democrats (99.9% in favor of illegal immigration) they can always thwart the will of the American people.

  • The issue beyond amnesty is what sort of presidential powers have been granted by the Constitution. De facto abolishing settled law is not legal and should be grounds for impeachment. The problem is Republicans want him to do it to take the heat off them. They love the Imperial Presidency as much as the Democrats do. It’s only patriots who oppose it.

    • Bossman

      Don’t you think that a law professor who taught Constitutional law would not know what he can do and cannot do?

      • It’s not that Obama doesn’t know, it’s that Obama doesn’t care. As long as he can get away with abusing his power, he will continue doing so. And it doesn’t look like anyone who has the ability to is going to hold him to account any time soon or ever — Obama being black has made a lot of people, even the anti-war left, swallow their voice boxes.

      • Obama was not a professor, but an adjunct part time INSTRUCTOR. Like his alleged father, Obama, Sr., he has a third world mindset. And where did you pick up the nonsensical idea that he has any intention of obeying the law? Tyranny, thy name is Obama.

  • JohnEngelman

    New Zealand is one of the few countries with an intelligent policy on immigration. You can’t move there unless your presence will benefit New Zealand citizens.

    Either you have to have an employer lined up and a skill in short supply in New Zealand, or you have to have a business background and lots of money to invest.

    Here in the United States Uncle Sam has become the international social worker of last resort.

    This is what Paul Krugman has to say about this: “open immigration can’t coexist with a strong social safety net; if you’re going to assure health care and a decent income to everyone, you can’t make that offer global.”

    • LHathaway

      This is like a reverse, though, of the Berlin Wall and the iron curtain. In our case, we seem to have the rich and the skilled and the intelligent and the educated (which the commies wanted to keep for themselves) wanting to move to our countries and also the poor want to move here.

    • IstvanIN

      So everyone knows the previous Governor-General of Australia was an Indian named Anand Satyanand. NZ’s government is giving away the realm.

    • WR_the_realist

      I never thought I’d hear a word of common sense from Paul Krugman. I have been proven wrong.

      • JohnEngelman

        He and E.J. Dionne are my favorite columnists.

        • WR_the_realist

          So you must believe in massive money printing, Krugman’s cure for all our economic ills.

          • JohnEngelman

            What I believe in is raising taxes on the well to do. Fortunately, most Americans agree with me.

            Republican tax cuts for the rich do not benefit those who are not rich. They mean tax increases for everyone else, cuts in programs that benefit us, and/or more national debt.

          • WR_the_realist

            Invariably higher taxes on the rich actually primarily hit the upper middle class. That is because the Democrats are as dependent on the billionaires as the Republicans are.

          • JohnEngelman

            By the end of the Second World War the top tax rate was 94 percent.

          • WR_the_realist

            Which nobody paid because there were so many loopholes. Congress has closed many of those loopholes, so introduce a 94% top rate again and every multimillionaire departs for another country.

          • JohnEngelman

            Any country with a well functioning government and a low crime rate would have a heavier tax rate.

          • WR_the_realist

            Nope. There is no reason why low taxes have to result in high crime. Especially when high taxes are wasted on war and welfare programs that encourage the most dysfunctional to overbreed with their children born out of wedlock.

          • JohnEngelman

            You are repeating right wing theory. I am talking about reality. Countries with low crime rates have higher taxes than the United States.

          • WR_the_realist

            New Hampshire has lower crime than almost anyplace. And no sales or income taxes. On a per capita basis our government is significantly smaller than New York or California, and we have much less crime. You will point out correctly that New Hampshire is much whiter than those other states. But that’s my point — compare across countries and you are comparing across very different groups of people.

            You are repeating left wing theory.

    • SentryattheGate

      “Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat and a leading party voice on the issue, said he is tired of immigrants having their interests shunted aside for political reasons.” It’s the American citizens whose interests are being shunted! We have been an overly generous nation in terms of numbers and diversity of immigrants—WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW ILLEGALS TO BE FORCED ON US! Hispanic leaders should constantly be asked WHY THEY THINK THEY DESERVE THIS TERRITORY TOO, WHEN THEY ALREADY HAVE MOST OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE? That might force them into admitting that they’ve ruined what they already have! They’ve pooped in their nests for so long, they want out—into fresh territory/our nest!

  • kjh64

    “Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat and a leading party voice on the issue, said he is tired of immigrants having their interests shunted aside for political reasons.”

    Illegal migrants aren’t “immigrants”, they are illegal lawbreakers and they have no rights or interests. The only interests are those of the American people and it is not in the interests of the American people to allow illegal immigration. The only rights illegal migrants have is the right to be humanely treated when they are deported.

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    The endless flood of Mexicans will runi this country, if the lawless Blacks dont do it first.

    • A race to the bottom.

      • IstvanIN

        I can see the finish line and it ain’t pretty.

    • Canadian Friend

      They will both do it.

      It is hard to imagine what else could happen, because wherever large numbers of Mexicans move in, decay and blight ensues, and wherever large numbers of blacks move in decay and blight ensues.

      The coming decades will be very rough.

      Some states may secede, there might be a civil war, I can not believe white Americans will take this sitting down and just let it all happen.

    • WR_the_realist

      The blacks and Hispanics don’t even like each other. But they vote for the same party.

      • SentryattheGate

        And the gays, and the feminists, and the environmentalists are not liked by blacks and Hispanics–yet they all vote for the same Demoncat party!

        • WR_the_realist

          I’m an environmentalist myself. But unlike the Democrats, I don’t believe that overpopulating my country with mass immigration is a pro-environment position. As for the Green Party, forgetaboutit. It too wants to overpopulate my country through mass immigration, and is even more socialist than the Democrats. There is no true pro-environment party in the U.S..

          • SentryattheGate

            I remember when, years ago, the Sierra Club lost about half it’s members over the immigration issue. I just wish the Third World would severely lower their birthrate, as the First World has done (only to be flooded with Third Worlders!).

          • WR_the_realist

            Did they really lose half their membership? They certainly lost me, but so far as I could tell most Sierra Clubbers didn’t care much about the issue, one way or the other.

          • SentryattheGate

            That’s what I heard; that about half their members quit. I am an environmentalist too (have a lower carbon footprint than anyone I know), but I am no longer a liberal. Liberals are often so politically-correct, therefore won’t dare say anything about immigration!

    • newscomments70

      Where I live, there are Muslims everywhere. Even the Mexicans are very uncomfortable with their presence. I’m starting to miss the Mexicans.

  • Simonetta

    He’s promising to do this BEFORE the election, in order to get out the Hispanic vote for Democrats. After the election, he isn’t going to do anything at all for these people.

    He does this all the time. The hispanics are the only people who still believe him.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      But, in doing so, he’s flipping the White female swing vote to the Republicans. A Republican House and Senate can defund just about everything. I’d like to see them defund the Refugee Act of 1980. Won’t those Cambodians be p!ssed when no gummint check comes to cover their Lexus payment.

      • IstvanIN

        Like the Republicans ever do anything to help real Americans.

        • SentryattheGate

          I have my criticisms of the Republican party, but, to their credit, they voted against the massive bail-outs (that enriched the very richest), against the NDAA (which indefinitely detains Americans w/o charges or trial) and some Repubs speak out against massive immigration (legal and illegal) knowing that the growing Latino vote will crush them!

    • TXCriollo

      Mexicans are going back to mexico because there are more jobs and have sucked the usa dry. Obama just says things so ppl think he cares

    • WR_the_realist

      Actually, Obama was previously promising the giant executive amnesty by the end of the summer. But he realized this would be massively unpopular and might cost the Democrats the elections in November. So he has decided to postpone the amnesty until after the elections. He is counting on most people not paying attention (always a good bet) so that most of those blacks and whites opposed to amnesty will vote for Democrats anyway, not aware of the surprise Obama has for them a few weeks later.

      • SentryattheGate

        I agree; after all, the NAU (North American Union), merging Canada, the US and Mexico has been signed on to by both Bushs, Clinton and Obama—yet most Americans have never heard of it! Here’s a page full of documented articles by an excellent source: http://www.thenewamerican(DOT)com/search?q=NAU