TONIGHT PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL EXPLAIN HIS NEW IMMIGRATION POLICY
The TV program VOCE e A Lei, on SIC International Portuguese TV and Vejatv.com will feature a special show this evening at 8:45 to discuss President Obama’s New Program.
Dr. Moises Apsan and Luis Pires will host the program.
Find out :
· If you or your family will be included;
· What will the process look like;
· How long should it take;
· Will you receive a work permit? Permission to travel?
· What happens if you have received an order for deportation?
Learn the answers to these questions and more.
THIS WILL BE A LIVE CALL IN SHOW.
You can see is on SIC International Cable stations and also on vejatv.com though the internet.
Don’t forget to attend. This will be a historic event.
New York -- Tomorrow, November 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST, at a televised speech positioning the plan. President Barack Obama will reveal the much-expected immigration plan, Thus, altering the rules for deportations that could touch millions of undocumented immigrants and simultaneously beginning an unpredictable clash with Republicans.Obama's executive orders are expected to eliminate the danger of deportation for as many as 5 million of the estimated 11 million people residing illegally in the United States. This executive action is a noteworthy step for a president notorious for having deported thousands of illegal migrants.According to sources, the Obama administration is contemplating increasing the group of undocumented immigrants who would qualify for deferred deportations by using principles such as permanency in the United States and family ties. Parents in the country illegally but who have children who are U.S. citizens are almost certain to qualify, the sources said. More in question is whether undocumented parents of so-called Dreamers -- many of whom have been shielded from deportations under a 2012 administration policy -- would qualify as well.
In a video on the White House Facebook page, Obama said "What I'm going to be laying out is the things I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem...Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately, Washington has allowed the problem to fester for far too long," ..."And so what I'm going to be laying out is the things that I can do with my lawful authority as President to make the system work better, even as I continue to work with Congress to encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem."At a dialogue on immigration Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Obama would act "in the coming days."Johnson defended the idea of Obama acting unilaterally, saying he believes the president has "a fairly wide latitude within existing executive authority to fix the system.""It can't be that we're not allowed to lift a finger to fix the broken immigration system until Congress acts," Johnson said. "Well, we've been waiting for Congress to act. It can't be that we're not allowed to take action in a number of respects to reform the system. And we will. And we've identified a number of ways that we will."In fact, Congress has indicated which aliens may be removed from the United States and the procedures for doing so. Aliens might be removed if they were inadmissible at the time of entry, convicted of certain crimes, or meet other criteria set by federal law. Removal is a civil, not criminal, matter. The principal feature of the removal system is a broad discretion exercised by immigration officials. Federal officials, as an initial matter, must decide whether it makes sense to pursue removal at all. If removal proceedings commence, aliens may pursue asylum and other discretionary relief allowing them to continue in the country or at least to leave without formal removal.
It looks like President Obama is singing an old Paul McCartney tune:
"I've had enoughI can't put up with any moreNo no no no no no noI've had enoughI can't put up with any moreNo no no no no no no"
And maybe he finally means it. During a recent news conference President Obama emphatically said that "Before the end of the year, we're going to take whatever lawful actions that I can take that I believe will improve the functioning of our immigration system, ... What I'm not going to do is just wait."
According to today's CNN's headline "Obama to announce 10-point immigration plan via exec action as early as next week" and Fox news announced that a source close to the White House told them that President Obama plans to reveal as early as next Friday, a plan which would shield 5 Million Immigrants from deportation by applying executive action .
A centerpiece of the order permits many parents of children who are American citizens or legal residents to obtain legal work credentials and would take away the constant fear about being discovered, alienated from their families and deported.
It appears that the Obama plan could have an effect on as many as 3.3 million people who have lived in the United States illegally for at least five years. However, the White House is also thinking about a stricter policy that limits the benefits to people who have lived in the country for at least 10 years, or about 2.5 million people.Moreover, extending protections to more undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, and to their parents, could affect an additional one million or more if they are included in the final plan that the president announces.
This section would expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which, Obama created in June 2012. The program was a lifesaver for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, entered before June 2007 and were under 31 as of June 2012. The modification would enlarge the dates to include anyone who entered before they were 16, and the cut-off would change from June 2007 to Jan. 1, 2010. This is projected to make nearly 300,000 illegal immigrants eligible.Mr. Obama's executive action actions will also enlarge opportunities for immigrants who have high-tech skills, move extra security resources to the nation's southern border, overhaul a controversial immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities, and provide clear guidance to the agencies that enforce immigration laws. Clarifying who should be a low priority for deportation, such as those with strong family ties and no serious criminal history.A new enforcement memorandum will make clear that deportations should still proceed for convicted criminals, foreigners who pose national security risks and also, recent border crossers.Perhaps this forceful action by the President will push the recalcitrant republicans to work on a true comprehensive immigration reform law. One that will resolve the ongoing problem for the millions of other undocumented immigrants that do not have close ties to a U.S. citizen, but have contributed favorably to our country for many years.
With the midterm elections massacre of the Democrats, Barack Obama has just about succeeded in delivering America, bound and gagged, into the craven and corrupt clutches of full-on Shock Doctrine corporate cannibal fascism: Utopia for the rich. Dystopia for the rest of us.To anyone paying attention, this should not be breaking news.Almost from the moment of his election in 2008 on a tidal wave of high hopes for a change from the Bush-Cheney villainy, this allegedly Democratic President has consistently betrayed the hopes and desires of the constituency that had overwhelmingly elected him.The artful and astute troubadour still known as Bob Dylan once wrote "There's no success like failure/And failure's no success at all."President Pusillanimous' rap sheet of successful failures is astounding and ongoing.He succeeded in failing to drive a stake through the cold heart of the lunatic GOP, who were as good as dead after 2008; and instead, thanks to his consistent dissing and betrayal of his base, gave this zombie party the kiss of life in the 2010 midterm elections, resurrecting them to full frothing craziness.He has also succeeded hugely, we now see for certain, in utterly failing to challenge or fight back against the ceaseless, crypto-treasonous legislative obstruction of this undead Congressional crazy party. He has also succeeded over and over in failing to directly confront their poisonous actions by name, rather than by his vague weasely wet noodle references to "some folks".In the name of justice for all, Obama has succeeded in failing to prosecute and jail any of the fraudster banksters, whose infinite greed, shameless arrogance and sociopathic dishonesty crashed the world's economy; and in fact rewarded them with more than $17 trillion of taxpayers' money to cover their massive" gambling" losses and keep their rigged wheel of fortune spinning.With ObamaCare, his signature Rube Goldberg contraption, he succeeded in failing to present (or even discuss) a practical universal single-payer health care program that would drive out of our current malfunctioning system the ghoulish and rapacious hellth insurance companies who skim off and pocket 30% of every premium dollar that passes through their grasping paws and have never even given anyone a single aspirin! Hellth Insurance Care is not health care.He has succeeded too well in failing to rein in the old Bush-Cheney regime's criminal frenzy of war-mongering, fear-stoking, Constitution-shredding, international death-squading and massive global NSA peeping tomism in the name of the concocted war on terrorism.Likewise, he has succeeded in failing to root out the neocon stay-behinds and sleeper agents embedded in his administration, especially the Defense, State and Justice Departments, who have recently cooked up a coup d'etat in Ukraine to provoke Putin and plunder that hapless country and are banging the war drums loudly for a deadly mulligan in Eye-raq and military escalation in Syria, the latest graveyard of empire.In 2011, he inadvertently failed to succeed in failing to protect Social Security and Medicare, the longtime lodestars of the Democratic Party. He actually (and unforgivably) offered that human sacrifice to the GOP loons in a so-called "Grand Bargain" sell-out for some deficit chump change. Luckily for America in that instance, the GOP proved to be so bat guano insane and hated Obama's guts so much, they actually rejected his gift, despite their deepest wet dream for decades being the destruction of these twin towers of American society. The new crazy Congress will doubtless give him a chance to re-gift them.As the first African-American President in our history, he has, unfortunately, succeeded in failing to energetically and directly call out the blatant and ugly race-baiting by the tea-bagging GOP and their too-easily and eagerly riled up white wing base of fearful ignoramuses, as well as the civil rights law-maiming, racial vote-rigging and voter-suppressing decisions of their 5 Stooges on the Supreme Court. The professorial Obama has succeeded in failing to support and defend our national public education system and its teachers against an onslaught of corrupt schemes and falsehoods intended to destroy public schools in favor of privatized charter schools, thus enabling Wall Street moneymen to loot federal and state education budgets of $billions in the name of that greedy drooling wolf in sheep's clothing, education "reform".Further, this ersatz Democrat, has successfully failed to even utter the words "labor union" or "collective bargaining" when making his mellifluous but vapid speeches on income inequality, jobs and the minimum wage, while bragging on the increase in the rising number of low-wage hamburger flippers and WalMart wage slaves. Despite constant GOP bellyaching that Obama ("the Kenyan Commie") has failed to deter a massive invasion of black and brown illegal immigrants into God's country, the Obama administration has in fact deported more undocumented immigrants than any other administration ever. Whether that is a success or a failure depends upon whose side of that border you're on.Ironically, with the crazy party now in almost total control of Congress, Ground Zero of our ginormously corrupt political system (not to mention a majority of Koch-addicted state governments - google ALEC), the Obama Legacy of successful failures may yet include the destruction of the Democratic Party as we know it. The Obama Presidency: From the White House to the Outhouse.This sad twist of fate, however, would not be entirely Obama's fault, despite all his successful failures and too frequent displays of disdain for his own Party and its supporters. The death of the Democrats would more accurately be called an assisted suicide, as the Party has too often reflected Obama's own excessive Rodney (Can't we all get along?)King gene, pandering and pimping for their piddling share of the Citizens United dark money, the gusher of corporate "campaign contributions" and the "baksheesh" of the .00001%.And so, as the victorious GOP Congressional crazies turn their attention to 2016 and their collection of tomato cans eager to complete the sweep and run for President, they might consider supporting the most successful Republican President they have had since, oh, Richard Nixon. The man who led them to their undeserved triumphs. The gift that keeps on giving. Barack Hussein Obama. It's a thought. Just sayin'...
If Ronald Reagan were alive today, he probably would have cringed when he realized that his own party, the Republican Party, has been blocking the way for a comprehensive immigration reform. A law that our country is in desperate need, not only to resolve the issue of 15 million undocumented immigrants, but also to help kick start the return of an economically robust economy.
In fact Reagan would probably abhor the way many conservative republicans have been handling the immigration reform debate and would be worried about the eventual demise of the Republican Party, caused by the stranglehold of anti-immigrant conservatives. Regan, similar to Obama, fundamentally saw America as a land open to immigrants that believe in the “American Dream.” In November 1979 when announcing his candidacy for the presidency Reagan proposed a treaty allowing for full freedom of movement for all workers throughout North America. Even as far back as 1952 when the US immigration policy was still controlled by the very restrictive Immigration Act of 1924, Reagan gave a speech embracing nearly unlimited immigration: “I . . . have thought of America as a place in the divine scheme of things that was set aside as a promised land . . . [A]nd the price of admission was very simple . . . Any place in the world and any person from these places; any person with the courage, with the desire to tear up their roots, to strive for freedom, to attempt and dare to live in a strange and foreign place, to travel halfway across the world was welcome here . . . I believe that God in shedding his grace on this country has always in this divine scheme of things kept an eye on our land and guided it as a promised land for these people.
Every U.S. president since 1956 has permitted temporary immigrants immigration assistance. This begins with President Eisenhower in 1956 paroling 923 foreign-born orphans into the custody of U.S. military families looking to adopt them. During 1959-to 72, Presidents Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon used executive powers to parole into the U.S. a majority of 621,403 Cuban asylum seekers fleeing from Castro’s Cuba. In 1976, President Gerald Ford granted extended voluntary departure to defend from deportation an unknown number of Lebanese who escaped Lebanon for the U.S. President Jimmy Carter paroled 123,000 Cubans and Haitians into the U.S. during the Mariel boatliff in 1980 and most importantly President Ronald Reagan deferred deportation for children in more than 100,000 families if the parents of the families were gaining legal status under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, IRCA, and granted AMNESTY to over three million immigrants . In 1990, President George H. Bush used executive powers to postpone deportations of up to 1.5 million spouses and children of people legalized under IRCA and in 1992, Presidents George H. Bush and Bill Clinton approved stays of deportation to about 190,000 El Salvadorans whose temporary protected status that permitted them to live and work in the U.S. had expired. And finally in 2012 President Barack Obama applied executive power to defer deportations for up to 1.8 million young immigrants in the U.S. illegally., who entered before they were 16 years of age and less than 31 years old,.
In his January 2011 Obama, in his State of the Union address in 2011, reminded the nation that success in the 21st century can only be accomplished though education, innovation, ,and rejuvenating America's infrastructure. Obama integrated immigration reform as a fundamental element in the "reinventing" of America. He announced that he was "prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows." Reagan's and Obama’s dream of peaceful, hardworking immigrants is diametrically opposed to anti-immigration views advocated glibly by the Tea Party, Mitt Romney, Martin Levin, Lou Dobbs, Bill O'Reilly, Pat Buchanan, Past Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, and many others who claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan. Reagan's work in immigration reform was unreserved. At a 1982 ceremony at Ellis Island he spoke emotively of immigrants who "possessed a determination that with hard work and freedom, they would live a better life and their children even more so." In 1986 he signed the immigration reform law that legalized almost 3 million illegal immigrants in exchange for sanctions against employers that knowingly hire illegal workers and for better border protection. In fact under President Reagan's term, more immigrants became part of the United States legally than under any previous U.S. president since Teddy Roosevelt. Reagan saw illegal immigrants not as criminals but as human beings working honestly for a better life for them and their family. In a 1977 radio show he pointed out that apples were rotting on New England trees because no Americans were willing to pick them. "It makes one wonder about the illegal alien fuss. Are great numbers of our unemployed really victims of the illegal alien invasion or are those illegal tourists actually doing work our own people won't do?" Reagan said. "One thing is certain in this hungry world; no regulation or law should be allowed if it results in crops rotting in the fields for lack of harvesters." Reagan’s consistently affirmative attitude towards immigrants and immigration was a fundamental aspect of his positive image of America. Republicans that disagree with Reagan's position on immigration would have to, in order to be consistent, discard much of Reagan’s approach to social and economic and social policy. Today's anti- immigration conservatives can continue their fight for immigration restrictions but they should not do so under the guise of Reagan republicanism. Reagan understood the economics of immigration in the U.S. Congress in preparing to engage in the upcoming immigration reform debate should take in earnest a study from the Cato Institute that concludes that there would be an estimate of a trillion dollar benefit to our country if the most expansive immigration policies are pursued. Economists Peter Dixon and Maureen Rimmer (Peter Dixon is the Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor and Maureen Rimmer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University in Australia. The U.S. Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Homeland Security, and the U.S. International Trade Commission have applied the USAGE model of the U.S. economy. In doing so, they discovered that increased enforcement and reduced low-skilled immigration have a significant negative influence on the income of U.S. households by reducing U.S. household welfare by about 0.5 percent, or $80 billion. In distinction, legalization of low-skilled immigrant workers would produce significant income gains for American households and workers. Under an optimal visa tax the positive impact for U.S. households of legalization would be 1.27 percent of GDP or $180 billion. In Reagan’s farewell message to the nation he said “I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.”