Immigrant advocates disheartened by Obama’s delay on deportation relief

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 8, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Barack Obama stunned supporters of immigration reform over the weekend when he announced that he will delay executive action on immigration until after the 2014 midterm election.

A White House official said it’s a move to prevent political grandstanding ahead of the election.

Pro-immigration reform groups are not happy with the president’s decision, with some calling it a slap in the face.

“It shows that he caved to politics, and the focus needs to be on people that this affects,” said Maria Cruz Lee, director of communication and engagement at Define American, the pro-immigration reform group founded by award-winning Filipino journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Vargas is a vocal proponent for immigration reform and is also an undocumented immigrant. Lee told Balitang America that Vargas and Define American are disheartened over Obama’s announcement.

Official statement from Define American

“Between now and election day roughly 70,000 people could be deported because of this delay, and Jose could be one of them because he is in deportation proceedings,” Lee said.

President Obama defended himself in an interview with NBC News.

He said it is the right thing to do after the politics around immigration reform shifted over the summer, when the administration scrambled to address a surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America who entered the country illegally.

House Speaker John Boehner took the opportunity to blast Obama for even considering executive action.

He issued a statement saying, “There is never a right time for the president to declare amnesty by executive action. The decision smacks of raw politics.”

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  • Mario
    8 September 2014 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Obama delayed his executive action on Immigration reform, mainly because Obama could not find any blame for the Republican party, if this reform will back fire. If he want to go ahead and signed exec action now,the Democrat will lose more votes this coming November.

  • noz
    8 September 2014 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    illegal aliens must be deported in compliance with the law of the land, not to proceed with deportation is cheating the citizens. america is in a very bad shape with so many problems facing this POTUS incapable to solve the economic to social problems first at home, secondly abroad. no way, a bankrupt america with growing 17trillion debt can economically handle these unmanageable illegal aliens, predominantly are hispanics. anybody who believed obozo with the last name pinocchio is on board for these hispanics will learn to speak, and write english have never learned obozo’s mastery of the art of lying. the USA have no official language simply bc it will discriminate certain set of ethnic groups. that being the case, how can politician lawmakers legally apply such mandate in the immigration reform?, without the ACLU’s intrusions.

  • Delia
    9 September 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    A member of Congress should go before the nation on television and radio making it clear that any executive order by Obama concerning immigration contrary to current law is null and void. He or she should make it clear to the American public that Obamas failure to secure our borders is in opposition to his oath of office.

  • Enigma
    9 September 2014 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    These illegal refugees don’t like to wait on the proper handling of their immigration status, then I suggest go home leave the country, NOW, IMMEDIATELY, if not SOONER. I am sick and tired of paying for the upkeep on these people who are bringing their crime and disease with them into MY COUNTRY. GO HOME, Go Back to your home countries and concentrate on making it a better place for you and your families to live. Reform you own governments. Not ours.

  • filam
    10 September 2014 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Immigrant advocates = Illegal law breaking alien with a stolen identity and stolen
    Social security number

  • cat_idiot
    11 September 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    noon……..’Si, Se Puede’
    ngayon………’Si So Sorry’