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    Allies Urge Barack Obama to Go It Alone on Causes through Executive Orders

    Allies Urge Barack Obama to Go It Alone on Causes





    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said the White House is considering executive orders on issues such as the DREAM Act because of gridlock in Congress.

    Important parts of President Barack Obama’s political coalition — Hispanics, the gay and lesbian community, and women — are looking to the White House to act on its own via executive order given that their issues are going nowhere in Congress.

    The White House so far has resisted executive orders on the DREAM Act and discrimination by federal contractors as it continues, publicly at least, to push for legislation that appears doomed.

    But Obama’s allies on Capitol Hill suggest it’s time to reconsider that cautious approach — and they say the White House is taking another look.

    “You’d have to say that the last year and a half of tea party dominance in the House has been a very unproductive period, and they’ve been unwilling to take and even consider some of these issues, so I can understand the frustration of many people on the outside and the dilemma facing the White House,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said. “I wouldn’t rule it out. ... The president needs to consider taking action by executive order when Congress will not respond to a major national challenge.”

    Durbin said the White House is actively looking at preventing deportations of people who would be subject to the DREAM Act, for example.

    “It’s being researched by legal counsel, I know that, in the White House and outside,” Durbin said. “I know they’re going through this calculation right now, weighing this and deciding whether to move with the executive order.”

    The DREAM Act, which Durbin has championed in the Senate, would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrant children who go to college or join the military.

    Durbin acknowledged that an order wouldn’t come without risks.
    “You could get a political backlash with an executive order. ... I’m sure there’s a calculation,” he said. “But I’d have to say, in all fairness, we’ve gone a year and a half without a serious overture on DREAM other than Sen. [Marco] Rubio [R-Fla.]. ... There comes a point again where you’ve just got to say that there’s an awful lot of vulnerable people out there.”
    Although those affected would still face some legal uncertainty should a new president rescind the order, they are subject to deportation now, Durbin noted.

    And a new president would be faced with a new status quo — one where people have been granted protection.
    “I think there’s more pressure for him to continue that protection,” Durbin said.

    Gay rights groups, meanwhile, have been pressing the Obama administration for an order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors. And there have also been rumblings about an executive order applying pieces of the filibustered pay equity bill to contractors as well. So far, the White House has resisted.

    Press Secretary Jay Carney has faced repeated questioning on the LGBT executive order, including after Exxon Mobil Corp. shareholders recently rejected anti-discrimination protections for its workers. He said the White House remains focused on a legislative strategy to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Carney repeatedly pointed to the success of repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which happened in the 2010 lame-duck session after the White House resisted calls for executive orders. Advocates, however, have noted that the DADT repeal happened when the president enjoyed big majorities in both chambers. ENDA, on the other hand, is going nowhere in the current divided Congress.

    They contend that, in the meantime, Obama could take an important step to ban discrimination by contractors, which include numerous major businesses from coast to coast.

    And before last week’s vote on the pay equity bill, senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett rejected consideration of an executive order on pay equity on a conference call with reporters.

    “Our efforts right now are devoted to getting this act passed,” she said then. “There is no interest right now in talking about a fallback.”

    The strategy has been a contrast to the “We Can’t Wait” campaign on economic issues, where Obama has announced numerous executive initiatives aimed at creating jobs. But the White House has been somewhat more cautious when it comes to executive orders on social issues. That’s not to say that it hasn’t issued any — indeed, protecting the president’s executive orders has been a priority of the White House as it fights GOP policy riders during the annual spending bills.

    Several liberal lawmakers, however, say Obama would help his constituencies by acting more on his own.

    “Slow isn’t working,” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), a liberal who has long complained of a too-cautious White House. “These groups need to know that there is support for them. The time for not ruffling feathers is past. It’s not worked. It’s time to ruffle feathers and show the people that support this White House that he supports them.”

    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said, “We would far prefer that they move forward and vindicate people’s rights as soon as possible.” He noted that when Obama came out for marriage equality, it helped, not hurt, and that his base would like to see more.

    “You can have tepid support or you can have enthusiastic support, and we can use all we can,” Ellison said.

    It’s not a question of progressives voting for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, it’s a question of them voting at all, advocates of a more aggressive White House said.

    Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas), chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the White House has been wrestling with the CHC over whether it has the legal authority to stop deportations of people affected by the DREAM Act for nearly two years. Already, Obama has asked immigration authorities to prioritize deportations of illegal immigrants who have committed other, more dangerous crimes. Still, potential DREAM Act beneficiaries continue to be deported.

    Obama shouldn’t wait to act, Gonzalez said, if the administration determines it has the authority.

    “The White House has to recognize that this Congress, in this election year, is basically frozen,” he said. “The executive order would be more like an emergency room physician who would simply deal with the most pressing issue right now knowing there will have to be follow-up later.

    ... He has nothing to lose, and the DREAM kids have everything to gain.”

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) reiterated his push for an order with an item on the Huffington Post last week following a New York Times editorial pushing the executive order. And almost 100 law professors signed a letter to the White House asserting that the president has the authority to issue the order.

    Rubio told Roll Call that he’s not sure whether the executive order would help or hurt his efforts to line up Republican votes for the compromise legislation that he is drafting. But he said he would prefer the legislative route.

    Democrats, however, have been largely skeptical that Rubio can deliver a product that will both be worthy of their support and get Republicans and Romney on board.

    The drumbeat for an executive order will only grow louder as Obama faces a tough re-election fight — and one where he will need Hispanic voters to put him over the top.

    The White House remained noncommital last week. “The President is deeply committed to doing all he can to improve people’s lives and ensuring that Congress fulfills its responsibilities to act on measures important to millions of Americans,” a senior administration official said.

    It is time to balance the three branches of government. Obama is the President, not the King. If he pulls this, the impeachment proceeding should begin. JMO

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    Obama and the Dems are keenly aware that an additional abuse of executive power would be the final straw in their defeat in November.
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    Obama Under Pressure From Hispanic Supporters

    Monday, 11 Jun 2012 10:17 AM
    By Greg McDonald


    Pressure is building on President Barack Obama to do more for the nation’s Hispanic population if he plans to count on their support in what’s expected to be an extremely close race with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    “People are saying, ‘What gives?’” Clarissa Martínez de Castro, director of immigration issues for the National Council of La Raza, told the New York Times. “Immigration is deeply personal for many of our voters, and there is disillusionment out there.”

    According to the Times, many Latinos believe Obama’s immigration policies haven’t produced the results he promised in his 2008 campaign. That concern stems from a recent review showing that illegal immigrants with no records are continuing to be deported right along with those with criminal backgrounds or who have cheated the system in some way, despite a year-old initiative that was supposed to refocus deportation efforts on the worst cases.

    Despite his promise to overhaul the immigration system and provide legal status to many illegal immigrants, many also complain that enforcement efforts have actually increased, forcing many immigrants to leave their jobs.

    Still, the Times reported Sunday the president has been able to maintain a wide lead over Romney among Hispanics. In a recent Gallup poll, for example, he drew support from 67 percent of those who participated in the survey to Romney’s 26 percent.

    But the Times also noted that Obama supporters are warning that many Hispanics may be hard pressed to turn out in the numbers they did in 2008, even though they believe Romney and Republicans would take harder approach to dealing with immigration issues.

    “There is ambivalence about the president, where there really should be none,” Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, told the Times.

    Even New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a leading Democrat on immigration issues, is raising concerns the Obama administration may have dropped the ball on deportations.

    “I do believe the administration has the right intention, prioritizing deportations. But these abysmal numbers raise serious questions about whether the Department of Homeland Security is making that vision a reality,” he told the Times, referring to the recent review of deportations.

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    On the illegal immigration issue, Obama is in a Catch-22; if he does act on illegal immigration reform, using Executive Orders, he will lose more votes, than he will gain in partisan Hispanic votes. On the other hand, it is highly unlikely, that Mitt Romney, and/or, the Republicans, will enforce our federal laws against illegal immigration. So regardless of what Obama does, or doesn't do, it results in, we, the people losing; ...it's we, the people, who are caught in a Catch-22 situation, with our politicians, on both sides, not acting in our best interests

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    The White House so far has resisted executive orders on the DREAM Act and discrimination by federal contractors as it continues, publicly at least, to push for legislation that appears doomed.
    This statement by Roll Call and Steven Dennis is a LIE !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama has already implemented most of the components of the Dream Act Amnesty in an UNCONSTITUTIONAL WAY. By executive memo, not even rising to the level of an Executive Order, Obama has given John Morton and Immigration and Customs Enforcement not to deport young college aged illegal aliens until after they have raped or murdered an American citizen.

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    For sure it won't happen before the election. He can't risk angering independent voters.
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    They want him to do this to try and put the brakes on the exodus of illegal aliens that will increase after the US Supreme Court ruling in favor of Arizona.

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    The fact that we have power groups urging Obama to act as a Dictator of America should be highly disturbing to most Constitution supporting Americans.

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