Well according to various sources these are just rumors at the moment.
Last Wednesday, a news source reported that President Barack Obama could be announcing his plan to overhaul this country’s current immigration policy through executive action sometime this week.
According to this news source, the White House was prepping to unleash this new action as early as November 21. It was reported that the president could be planning on suspending the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.
So, who exactly was this news source? Well, Fox News.
The troublesome network—which has been supposedly researched as to not truly reporting facts—said last week that the president was going to reveal a 10-part plan that could see to the deferment of illegal immigrants who have entered this country as children along with immigrants with U.S. citizen children.
“The president has still not made a decision regarding exactly when he’ll make an announcement,” said White House spokesman Shawn Turner, “but he remains committed to taking action before the end of the year.”
Now, while this is merely one network that made this claim mid-last week there has been reporting on the president and his executive action on immigration policy. Not exactly when he will be announcing it but will we can expect. And one thing we could expect is a very dominate president. Being more dominate when it comes to legislation is something that the president may need if he wants to save the legacy of his presidency.
What’s been talked about is the president being adamant about his executive powers when it comes to limiting the restrictions that are placed upon illegal citizens. The president said this two weeks ago before congressional leaders after Republicans within the House of Representatives refused to move forward when it immigration legislation.
The last time the president used his executive power was in the early days of his presidency, but when he did then it wasn’t as expected as it is now.
During the early days of President Obama’s presidency, various Latino groups and advocates fighting for the rights of immigrants had gone before the president appealing to him to use his executive power to prevent the threat of deportation that faces the estimated 11.5 million immigrants living illegally within this country. Despite the groups and advocates effort, the president denied their appeals.
“This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true,” said President Obama back in September 2011. “We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is, there are laws on the books that I have to enforce.”
Although he said he must enforce the laws on the books, the president did use his executive power the following year. In 2012, the president protected immigrants who were 30-years-old or younger and had been brought into the country as children from deportation and allowed them to remain and apply for temporary work permits.
Earlier, I mentioned how by using his executive power to ease immigrant restrictions could save his legacy as president wasn’t just a phrase. When it comes to his administration, President Obama has become the only president to have the highest rate of deportation than the prior two presidents combine. A shocking statistic considering Latinos—at one point—supported him.
Whatever the president’s plans are hopefully they will bring ease to the millions of people living in fear and it will be something that will save the president’s reputation.