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Activist Monday: Obama Inches Towards Action on Immigration

Posted on: November 24, 2014

From the screaming and fuaxrage from the Republicans in Congress, you would think that President Obama had personally legalized every illegal immigrant in the country with an autocratic sweep of the executive pen. But as usual, he didn’t do anything so definite. He merely lifted the threat of deportation from about 4.4 million, temporarily.

Obama announced on Thursday he was easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. His measures include allowing some 4.4 million people who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and who have been in the country for five years to remain in the country temporarily, with the right to work.

John Boehner, whose spray tan must have temporarily erased his memory of all the times Bush used and abused his executive authority, claims Obama is “acting like an emperor.” For once, the President has a somewhat feisty response: “Then pass a bill.” But hahaha, that’s just what those evil Democrats WANT Republicans to do. They are too smart to fall for that! Shutting down the government, instead of addressing the important issues facing America with wimpy actions like writing and passing legislation, is clearly why they have been put in office.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said on “Fox News Sunday” his party should use spending bills to withhold funds to implement the order. That could force Obama to veto vital funding bills, sparking a government shutdown similar to the one last year.

Cruz, who led that shutdown fight in an effort to block funds for the Obamacare health plan, said the big Republican gains in the midterm elections showed the shutdown was not a political blunder. Republicans will control the Senate and have a bigger House majority in the new Congress that begins in January.

It’s going to be a rather entertaining couple of years.

Happy Thanksgiving, all! This is an open thread.

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14 Responses to "Activist Monday: Obama Inches Towards Action on Immigration"

This is what I don’t understand about his E.O.:

allowing some 4.4 million people who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and who have been in the country for five years to remain in the country temporarily, with the right to work.

So what happens to these folks after the “temporarily” expires and if no legislation is passed that resolves their issues?

What’s the over and under on “no bill”?

Oh I have no idea.

I’ve read people are getting ready to protest, but what if there is an indictment? What are they going to protest then?

Also, read that the Brown family was notified before public release that there had been a decision reached, but not what the decision was.

Some of the elaborate plans for how the grand jury’s decision would be released — including 48-hour notice for the police after a decision had been reached — appeared to have been scrapped. The family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was killed by Officer Wilson on Aug. 9, was notified by prosecutors in the afternoon that a decision had been reached, after some reports had already appeared on television. A lawyer for the family expressed frustration that they had not been told sooner.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/us/ferguson-darren-wilson-shooting-michael-brown-grand-jury.html

I will be stunned if he is indicted. In other news, Chuck Hagel has resigned as SOD.

@5: We’ll know soon.

I read that ole Chuck was given a choice.

Oh boy, Saints/Ravens getting ready to kick off and Ferguson decision getting ready to be released.

No true bill…no indictment in Ferguson.

I am not surprised by anything other than the meandering, counterproductive statement by the prosecutor who addressed the “difficult choices” made daily by law enforcement. Well, no sh*t, Sherlock., That’s why we pay them well and pad their retirements. He had the opportunity to defuse the situation by apologizing for things such as allowing the body to lie uncovered in the road for hours, and removing the remains via SUV rather than the somewhat more usual (and dignified) method of a mortuary wagon, but plodded onward with more excuses. What a pompous moron.
As for Officer Wilson, I would guess that his days in law enforcement may have come to an end.

@10: I’ll admit I was going back and forth between the presser and the game so I didn’t hear all that he had to say. Perhaps they’ll replay the presser or I can find it online.

Oh the irony.

me above: at least the sign didn’t read “Peace on Earth”. 😯

@13: God bless us all, said Tiny Tim.

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