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Premature celebrations?: La Jornada warns that President Obama

may lack the 'necessary determination' to make good on his plans

to regularize millions of undocumented immigrants.

 

 

Undocumented Cannot Count on Obama's Migration Initiative (La Jornada, Mexico)

 

"It is fair to wonder whether Obama has the necessary determination to carry out his plan to offer temporary migration regularization, particularly given what this may mean for the remainder of his term. Among other things, the possibility exists that the Republican opposition will hold up passage of the country's budget package for next year, which would bring significant economic risk not only to the United States but the world."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Miguel Guitterez

 

November 21, 2014

 

Mexico La Jornada Original Article (Spanish)

President of the United States Barack Obama yesterday announced the adoption of a regularization plan to grant five to eleven million undocumented migrants living in the country legal status for the next two years. To take advantage of the change in requirements one must demonstrate having been in the United States for five years, the existence of children or dependent permanent residents in the U.S., with potential beneficiaries subject to a criminal background check. In the short term, the measure could halt the deportations of about 4 million people.

 

In short, nearly six years after Obama's arrival in the White House, this is the first real crystallization of the promise of a president favoring migrants. It is a sector that, contrary to the expectations initially generated around the figure of the president, has been treated particularly ruthlessly by immigration authorities, to such an extent that the current administration has carried out more deportations that any in history.

 

The announced measures are a demonstration by the president himself of what the country's pro-immigration sectors have said throughout the past five years: that the U.S. chief executive has sufficient power and authority by itself to propel a change of immigration policy without passing through the filter of legislative reform.

 

 

 

Paradoxically, this demonstration of presidential power comes at the moment of Obama's greatest political weakness after his party lost control of both houses of Congress and the White House seems reduced to political irrelevance.

 

In that sense it is reasonable to assume that just because the president announced these measures doesn't necessarily imply that they will be carried out successfully: the method presages a new clash between the executive and legislative branches. The latter, represented by Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, has argued that what Obama wants to do is "regularize" criminal activity (which is the phase used to describe undocumented migration by the right of that country) and violate the country's separation of powers with an action that exceeds the constitutional power of the presidency.

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It is therefore fair to wonder whether Obama has the necessary determination to carry out his plan to offer temporary migration regularization, particularly given what this may mean for the remainder of his administration. Among other things, the possibility exists that the Republican opposition will hold up passage of the country's budget package for next year, which would bring significant economic risk not only to the United States but the world; along with the prospect of a systematic blockage of future changes to the White House cabinet.

 

Given the great political cost involved with such a confrontation, it would have been more desirable for the president to contemplated benefitting the entire undocumented population. On the other hand, if Obama manages to push forward with his new immigration plan, not only would his greatly criticized presidency and place in history be partially vindicated, but he would settle an undeniable debt to the Latin American electorate who supported him in his two nominations, which has among its fundamental demands a change in the official policy of persecution, criminalization, discrimination and legalized abuse of migrants.

 

 

 

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