President Barack Obama encouraged immigrants who are still in the waiting for their legal status to be approved to keep pushing for eventual relief.
On Wednesday, the president showed great confidence that his proposal concerning deportation of the immigrants will be successful in court, even if the district judge in Texas currently put Obama’s directives on hold. The president pledged to file an aggressive appeal before all this is over.
When asked, Obama said he expects that his appeal will win in a U.S. court, and even if it fails, the administration will continue a very aggressive policy in the weeks and months to come. He hinted that the Supreme Court might eventually end up hearing the appeal. The White House feels confident in its better argument on the issue.
Obama’s executive actions are being watched with great concern by millions of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, waiting to see if Obama’s initiative will be able to protect them from deportation. The current obstacle has been set by a large coalition of 26 states led by Texas, which is suing Obama for allegedly overstepping his legal authority.
Many people thought that the president’s determination will be weakened after this, but he showed great commitment to his new directives. He insisted that deportation efforts should focus on felons only. In a recent speech in Miami, Obama urged immigrants to get their papers ready for when the legal issues are eventually sorted out. He asked them to be ready to prove they can be long standing residents of the United States, ready to go through the process.
While Obama was in Miami giving the immigrants a hearty pep-talk, Congress was no idle, creating another immigration drama. Lawmakers attempted to fund Homeland Security, while some Republicans insisted that the president’s immigration initiative should be cancelled at the same time. Obama said he would veto a stand-alone measure to revoke the Senate from pondering on his actions.
The immigration debate is gaining political traction as the 2016 presidential candidates prepare their campaigns. Obama raised the question of whether the next president will be ready to make their mandate known for deporting 11 million people living illegally in the U.S. The increasing number of Hispanic voters wants to know what alternative plans do they have, in case deportation will be off the table.
Obama expressed his support for Jeb Bush’s moderate stance on immigration, who talks about fixing the system and finding an appropriate alternative.
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