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The "Obama Immigration Reform" of November 20, 2014

Updated on January 19, 2015

"I've waited long enough.... "

President Obama's "....long enough" (on immigration reform) seems to have come to an abrupt end on November 4, 2014 when the Republicans won the majority in both houses of Congress, and a defiant, and not necessarily humbled, lame duck President Barack Hussein Obama set his, and his party's sights on the 2016 election.

Key to that election will be maintaining their share of the women voters' votes, and regaining lost ground with Latino voters and Asian voters, while keeping their edge with African-American voters.

President Obama immediately acted to nominate an African-American woman to replace Eric Holder as his Attorney General, then tried to save a still-contested Senate seat by attempting to pass Keystone Pipeline legislation in the Senate to benefit Senator Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana who is behind in a runoff contest.

That vote in the Senate failed, and despite the swing in the political mood of the country, President Obama set about reaching for the Latino and Asian votes by issuing another of his executive orders granting protection from existing laws to millions of the foreigners living illegally in the United States.

While his unilateral action still leaves millions of other foreigners living illegally in the United States without the protection of his executive order, he hopes that finally doing something about his promise of 2008 that he would reform immigration laws will sit well enough with Latino and Asian voters to win their lost votes of 2014 back to the side of the Democrats in 2016.

On that score much will depend on how the Republicans, especially those in the new Congress in 2015, react to this latest political ploy.

Some of those foreigners who will now be better protected by President Obama's latest executive order were caught once or several times illegally entering the United States and were deported back to their native countries by the US Border Patrol and the US Immigration Service. Of the millions of those still living in the US illegally, some will be deported again, and once again show up trying to cross the border and enter the US illegally, while hoping another president will reach out for their votes by granting something like amnesty in the future.

With the southern border of the US still porous, not to mention the US coastlines and the US border with Canada, President Obama's latest executive order could do little immediately to secure the borders except to shift some existing assets around. Anything else requires funds which would have to be voted by Congress.

Republicans in Congress, especially those from the southern border states had wanted to see US borders more secure before any immigraiton reform which might effectively encourage even more illegal immigration. They didn't get that, and a bipartisan Senate bill, which was presented for approval by the House of Representatives, stagnated as a result.

What comes next in this fight over illegal immigration and comprehensive immigration reform?

More importantly, will this Chief Executive be able and willing to work with a Republican-controlled Congress to fulfill his other overdue promises from 2008 before he leaves office in January 2017.

After his latest efforts at trying to feather his own party's nest for 2016, that seems less and less likely.

After another good televised speech, did President Obama actually reform the immigration system, or just tinker with it some for political advantage?

If the federal government cannot deport the still "unprotected" illegal foreign immigrants, and cannot secure the borders, what does anyone in government visualize as "comprehensive immigration reform"?

How secure are the United States of America in terms of illegals entering from Canada?


Which of the extensive USA borders are already secure?

In the southwestern USA farmers say that drug caravans still cross their lands


Some smugglers of illegal immigrants just bring them in by boat....for a hefty fee.


How satisfied are you?

Does the latest executive reform of immigration enforcement actually meet your expectations?

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Those elected to protect us have failed in their duty to do so.

      It is easier to weed a garden continually, than it is to play catch up when the garden is overgrown with weeds.

      The truth of the matter is that we don't know who is here, and consequently we can't know why each one of them is here. We remain openly vulnerable. We are at incredible risk in an increasingly hostile world.

      Those who should be doing something hold out for political advantage while the clearly threatening problems only get worse by the hour.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Immigration is, and always will be problematic everywhere, and that's all that I am going to say. Lots of valid points.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers -The dilemma is over whether we need secure borders first, or policy and law reform first. Ideally they would both be done concurrently and by common agreement from the Congress and the president. If it were only policy and reform, the House could have passed the bipartisan bill and stolen Obama's thunder, but it wasn't and both problems remain to be addressed.

      Yes, the president proposed a massive amount to be spent for the border problems and House Republicans found that too much to swallow given the current deficits. The president's action will force the issues but nonetheless the issues remain to be legislated by the new Congress, and he has scored his points.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Yes, it is a complicated issue, but you are presenting only one side. We should have never let it get this far, but you can't blame it all on the Democrats and this president. Remember, President Bush's sister-in-law was Latino, and he was soft on anything or anyone who came from South of the Border. Now we have their children who are U.S. citizens to contend with. He is only putting a band-aid on a gut wound until Congress gets the gonads to act. They are acting like children. The bill they are sitting on is a Bipartisan Bill. That means it was worked out by members of Both Parties (caps for emphasis). Then childish republicans who didn't get their way have been sitting on the bill for over a year. I doubt that he will veto legislation if they come up with something.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Janice Horner - There are times, as you indicate, when even politicians turn a deaf ear. They do so at the risk of their own politics.

      Rain turning to snow here today, but I hope your weekend is a lovely one, as we start this year's "Greatest Snow On Earth" here in Utah.

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      Janice Horner 3 years ago

      I'm from the UK and can see by the comments to your brilliant article that the president is not such a popular one. We have the same problem here in the UK. Immigration needs controlling simple as. Your president, like our prime minister, need to listen to the people.

      Voted up!

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      bradmasterOCcal -I presume you read the link on precisely that topic of something deadly coming into America across our porous borders.

      You raise the very questions which should be raised with your two California senators and your district's representative in the Congress. Go for it. Send them a copy of the link, if you like.

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      bradmasterOCcal 3 years ago from Orange County California


      Nice pictures.

      Interesting and informative.

      In Southern California between Oceanside and San Clemente is the Camp Pendelton Marine Base, and just north of it is the US Border Patrol checkpoint.

      For several miles going noth towards the checkpoint are signs of what are representations of illegal aliens with child that could be on or crossing the road.

      What I find troubling is how do illegal aliens cross a marine base without being stopped. Doesn't that compromise the military power of even having a military base.

      Maybe decades ago when the terrorist threat was not significant on domestic soil, it wouldn't be an issue. But in the world of today, isn't it time to take national security into the 21st century.

      It is like an open wound, and no telling how much toxins can come in with the benign. And then how much toxin can make use sick, and how much can kill us.

      Just a thought

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsDora - Now, in addition to this pronounced reform, "Obamacare" is up for a court review over spending without Congressional authorization. I am also not convinced that any president responsible for implementing laws passed by the Congress of the United States can decide which laws he will implement and which laws he will ignore or unilaterally change.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      A very sensitive matter. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      If Obama really was interested in immigration reform for other than political reasons, why did he do nothing when the Dems controlled the House and Senate? He is behaving like an angry, spoiled child. Let the new Congress come into power and let them create and pass laws. That's the way we do things in this country. He is not King! Voted up, interesting and awesome.

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      Bill 3 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Even if the there is a bill enacted about immigration from Congress, I doubt that Obama will sign it. He just seems to want it his way or no other.

      Good article.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very well done article on a very contentious issue and state of facts. I wonder if we will do better in this area.

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      Yves 3 years ago

      Nicely written. Unfortunately, Obama has not and will not recognize or acknowledge any bills the Republicans have drafted---either now or in the fututre. Nothing has changed within Obama's psyche. He does not understand the American voter's recent referendum against his administration. His ego is incapable of understanding that which is obvious to most men who have been become the President of the United States of America.

      And so, this President remains incapable of coming to the table to hear, much less compromise with any party or person who disagrees with him. He will continue to act as the hypocritical, dishonest and emotionally inept so-called leader this nation has ever elected. And God only help us get through another two years of this man's ineptitude and gross ego.

      His decision regarding immigration is not economically sound, nor will it halt the illegal tradffic that is harming our borders and our safety. Not to mention, his use of abritrary power is not democratic---to say the least. Truth be told, not all these 5 million immigrants are "innocent children."