U.S. Immigration Law: January 2011 Archives
Some readers may wonder why I have spent so much time writing about Barack Obama and his action or inaction on immigration reform.
Obama Resumes Deportations to Ravaged Haiti
Obama and Fox News Latino Can't Have It Both Ways On Immigration
Pedro Gutierrez Asks President Obama to Defer His Deportation
Obama Praises DREAM Act While Deporting Dreamers
Obama: Deporting Immigrants So Republicans Don't Have To
And I'm not the only one:
Buyer Beware! Obama: The Deporter and Job Killer in Chief
"Obama is not the answer because he IS the problem"
Man the Deportations: Full Speed Ahead!
Halfway Through Term, Obama Still Hasn't Earned His Nobel Prize
Heroes and Zeroes of Immigrant Rights in 2010
... and many others.
But isn't the president a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act?
Didn't his Department of Justice sue Arizona to prevent implementation of the SB1070 racial profiling law?
Wouldn't it make more sense to spend time and energy pushing Republicans to compromise, to punish them politically for opposing comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act? Hasn't the real struggle moved away from federal legislation to the state and local level?
I think these are questions worth discussing, but I still believe the best national focus for action to achieve immigrant rights objectives is President Obama.
Each national politician who voted against the DREAM Act should be held accountable for betraying migrant youth. And there is a lot of work--both on offense and on defense--to be done on the state and local level.
But the immigrant rights movement should not neglect federal politicians or the 2012 presidential campaign, which has already begun.
First, Obama can be moved politically. The GOP's incentives are more mixed, and on balance run against supporting fair immigration reform.