Breaking: President Obama takes a stand, issues executive order on immigration

President Barack Obama has campaigned with candidates who valued and respected the impact he brings to their race.

President Barack Obama has deported large numbers of immigrants during his tenure but has taken up the cause of immigrants with the executive order he issued on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

By Carmen Glover
On Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8:00 p.m., amid threats by Republicans to block all upcoming presidential nominations and chatter of shutting down the government again like they did October 2013, or explore impeachment actions, President Barack Obama finally kept his word by acting decisively on immigration.
Entering the East Room of the White House with his trademark swagger  President Obama issued an executive order that will grant legal status to five million undocumented immigrants. For the families that are affected by this sweeping measure, the action is long overdue. Addressing the nation from the East Room of the White House President Obama said:
“My fellow Americans, tonight I’d like to talk to you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities.”
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, people rally for comprehensive immigration reform outside the White House in Washington. Conservative Republicans want to drag must-pass spending bills into their fight with President Barack Obama over his planned executive action on immigration, inviting comparisons to last year’s shutdown showdown over the health care law. In the Senate, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Mike Lee of Utah are among those arguing to use an upcoming must-pass spending bill _ either in December or next year _ to try to block Obama from taking unilateral action to protect millions of immigrants here illegally from deportation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, people rally for comprehensive immigration reform outside the White House in Washington. Conservative Republicans want to drag must-pass spending bills into their fight with President Barack Obama over his executive action on immigration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The President spoke about a broken immigration system that features employers exploiting undocumented immigrants but he also chided anyone who “reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America.” He spoke of the bipartisan immigration bill that 68 Democrats, Republicans and Independents prepared last year as a compromise measure, which was thwarted by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives who refused to bring the bill to a vote.
President Obama outlined steps he is taking, by executive order, to fix the broken immigration system. Among those are: strengthening the border, make it “easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute” to the economy and third, taking proactive steps to usher undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows.’ He emphasized the criminals will continue to be deported in large numbers, while efforts will be made to keep families together. The deal that the President is offering undocumented immigrants is iron-clad:
Immigrant father gets his toddler son to help him voice his support for immigration relief.

Immigrant father gets his toddler son to help him voice his support for immigration relief.

“If you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.,” he said, while stressing that the law does not apply to recent immigrants or anyone who may come to America illegally in the future. President Obama made it clear that the executive order was not Amnesty and he emphasized his authority, like that of previous Presidents, to take such sweeping action.
President Obama then threw down the gauntlet for Republicans who have taken to the airwaves in droves to threaten all forms of spurious, retaliatory actions.  “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”
An angry Mitch McConnell, who is expected to become the  Senate Majority Leader when the new Congress is seated in January 2015 ahs issued ominous threats that "Congress will act," if President Obama issues an executive order. Now that the President has issued the order, it remains to be seen what McConnell and his henchmen will do.

An angry Mitch McConnell, who is expected to become the Senate Majority Leader when the new Congress is seated in January 2015 ahs issued ominous threats that “Congress will act,” if President Obama issues an executive order. Now that the President has issued the order, it remains to be seen what McConnell and his henchmen will do.

When it is expedient, politicians from all walks of life, regardless of party affiliations, tout the United States as a “nation of immigrants,” while they wax poetic about their families who immigrated to the USA “the right way.” On the flip side are the arguments that “illegal immigrants” weaken the fabric of the American society and they need to be kept with stronger border security measures. As both sides draw lines in the sand, an impasse occurs and no movement takes place. President Obama’s singular action moves the debate about immigration forward, ruffling feathers in some quarters but eliciting cheers in others. While the President’s executive order is limited in scope, for the immigrants who qualify under the guidelines described, it means the world–OnPointPress.net.

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