The Caravan of buses for the Immigration reform in California starts. A Caravan of buses will cross the 100 Republican districts to support the Immigration reform. For almost two months they are going to demand a vote in the House of Representatives in favor of a change in the laws of Immigration. The warnings of the Republicans that there are doubts about debating an Immigration reform in the House of Representatives does not stop the steps of the organizations that defend the rights of the undocumented in the United States. They are worried for the future of 11 million immigrants without papers. They indicate that the inactivity of Washington puts them closer to a deportation. It is important that they continue these manifestations to maintain the pressure on the Congress Members, but at the same time, our people should look for a solution on their own, in their own cases, because for the present time, there is nothing for granted.
There are a strong criticism because Immigration has as requirement to have more than 30.000 persons detained at any time, to be able to have access to their current budget, and this is a great problem because practically the Agency is being obligated to stop the Immigrants, do what they do, whatever happens, violate or not, the laws of Immigration. No other Federal Agency has this requirement and having it is like, for example, that the city of Los Angeles has to have 30.000 persons arrested at any time, no matter if they violate or not the laws. That does not make sense, because it means that the officers of deportation be in the hunt for Immigrants, arresting persons who do not have criminal background , who are parents, wives, children and have not violated any law, but a civil infraction of Immigration.
Immigration has published the regulations to renew the deferred action for the dreamers. They say that they have approved more than 500.000 thousand work permits for the students and that for many of them the time to renew it is approaching. They are also recommending that they should renew them 120 days before it’s expiration dates, because receiving a new work permit can delay up to 90 days. Therefore, the students who wait to the last moment, are going to stay without a work permit for several months, and due to this, they can lose their employments. If they do not renew the deferred action, they could remain subject to a detention or to a deportation. Every day I speak with students who qualify for the Deferred action but up to now, they have not begun the process, and it is not very late. They can do it at any time because there is not a deadline. It is better late than never.
The Immigration reform is seems beyond of being approved, there are neither calendars nor plans at sight for the reform in the House of Representatives. Therefore, we have to think what we are going to do if there is not an Immigration reform, which are our plans, what steps we can take, because for the present time, there are not many hopes that the Congress takes steps to approve it in 2014, 2015 or in 2016. The situation seems difficult for the Immigration reform, but that does not means that we can give up in our own cases, in the cases of our family, in protecting and defend ourselves. If we already know that for the present time there are no real possibilities of an Immigration reform, we have to see what can we do to prepare and defend ourselves in our own cases.
President Obama is in Mexico in meetings with the President of Canada and of Mexico, and supposedly they are going to touch the topic of the Immigration reform. The great question is what impact can have this presidents’ meeting on the Immigration reform in the United States. The only way that it can have an impact, and make a difference for the Immigration reform in this meeting, is that President Obama takes a commitment to do some more, because simply to continue with the speeches, the interviews, defying, asking, breathing to the Congress, has not worked for several years that he has been in the same thing. President Obama has to do something different. He has to press them in a concrete way to fulfill his word. It has been said that he is ready to take Action on his own if the Congress does not act, to give them a deadline, and if they do not approve an Immigration reform for that date, to take action and fulfill his word.
Something extremely interesting is being planned by the Democrats, to force a vote on the Immigration reform without John Boehner’s authorization, who is the leader of the Republican majority. He has blocked a vote for the Immigration reform from last year , when President Obama, the leaders of the majority in the Senate and the leaders of the minority in the House of Representatives, all say that there are enough votes to approve the Immigration Reform. We will see, if these tactics will result, because if it work, then we would see the possibility of an Immigration reform this 2014, because there would be a negotiation between the House of Representatives and the Senate and we would have hopes again to see a change in the laws of Immigration.
The Immigrants are reacting to everything that is happening in Washington in regard of the Immigration reform, and cannot believe that the Republicans are saying that they are not going to approve an Immigration reform because the President will not make fulfill it. What they are saying does not have any sense. It is not the responsibility of the Congress to make fulfill any law nor worry for their fulfillment. Their job is to pass the laws responsibly and to solve the problems of this country, not to worry if they are going to be fulfilled or not. This it is a work for the President and they do not have to get into the fulfillment of laws because it does not correspond to them and because of it, the excuses they are giving are ridiculous. This it is the reaction of our people, troublesome, angry, indignant, and those who are not going forward with the Immigration reform, are going to pay the price in the elections.
The activists who defend the rights of the immigrants have said that in last instance, they would accept the Immigration reform to take effect in 2017, if and when that the Congress members approve it this year. The big question is what would happen with the immigrants in the 3 years, until 2017. In 2014, 2015, 2016, would they have protection against deportation, would they have a legal stay and work permit? All this are questions that need to be answered, but the ideal thing would be that if really the Congress members do not trust President Obama, they approve the Immigration reform, not be effective until 2017 and meanwhile, President Obama could approve the deferred action for the families, like he did it for the students, in order that they will not be deported, and have a work permit and legal stay until the Immigration reform is fulfilled, when President Obama finished his period. This way, they all win. The Congress members because they approved the reform and the Hispanic vote is gained, and the President Obama because I does not look badly with the Hispanics, for given them a work permit.
There are several lies about the Immigration reform, the first one is that the Republicans do not trust that President Obama could make fulfill the Immigration reform, when no other President of the modern age, has deported so many immigrants- almost 2 millions- and the Republicans know it because they are the ones who have granted the funds and created the minimal quotas of retention in the Congress that President Obama is fulfilling. Therefore they cannot doubt it. Another lie is that President Obama does not have the authority to stop the deportations, when he stopped the deportations of more than one million students and he can be able to do the same thing for the families with the deferred action. Among the Presidents who have protect groups of immigrants are: Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton, so President Obama can do it too.
Everybody agree that the majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants inside the United States, should be granted a legal stay, both the Democrats and the Republicans, for the first time in a lot of time, are ready to give this important benefit that includes a work permit, protection against the deportation, legal stay, travel permit and the residence; clearly, there are differences regarding the citizenship, and the safety in the border and in all the requirements to which the Republicans want to add some more, but the details are minor, and they have to learn to negotiate, to put aside the egos and to come to a commitment, probably is not going to be everything of what the Republicans or the Democrats want, but they have to reach an agreement in a law, although it is not perfect. This is the idea , if they want to approve the Immigration reform.