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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Immigration activists to Republicans; Do what we want, or else!

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Joan McCarter

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday refusing to lift a federal judge's injunction banning President Obama's executive orders on immigration from taking effect before state challenges are decided was a "win" for Republicans, but one fraught with electoral jeopardy. Immigration activists vow to make the Republicans regret it.
Cesar Vargas, the co-director of the Dream Action Coalition, said the impact of the ruling is felt deeply in the Hispanic community. It's hard to ignore that the president's action would have provided relief for his 70-year-old mother, he said, something shared with millions of families.
"With Republicans doing this, it definitely demonstrates who is on our side and who isn't, and who we should support and who we shouldn't," he said.

Clarissa Martinez De Castro, a deputy vice president at the National Council of La Raza, said an estimated six in 10 voters know an undocumented immigrant.

"The interesting thing is that by delaying this, the Republicans are actually potentially putting themselves into a sharper corner on the issue of immigration," she said.

One conservative pundit, Charles Krauthammer, agrees, likening Republican celebrating this ruling to their shortsighted support of the King v. Burwell Obamacare challenge. "For the Republicans, you know, it's a problem. It's like the case going forward on Obamacare and the thing about the exchanges and the subsidies," he said on Fox, continuing "if somehow this would be completely tossed out, then the question will be, 'well, what's your plan on immigration reform, if anything?' I think, up until now you can say, 'well, it's in the hands of the courts, but at a certain point it's not going to be and you're going to have to answer." In other words, be careful what you wish for.

The ruling retains the block on the expansion of Obama's deferred deportation program orders to the parents of children who are either U.S. citizens or legal residents as well as to a larger group of immigrants who entered legally as children. The ruling doesn't change the status of Dreamers, the young people covered in the initial, 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.


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