President Obama has always promised the nation immigration reform to help unite families and offer a path towards residency and citizenship for millions. He has been speaking about immigration reform since his campaign for the presidency.
President Obama is now campaigning again for reelection and therefore has revived his stance on immigration by speaking to the nation with fervor of how he supports immigration reform. Likewise, President Obama is calling upon Congress, yet again, to pass immigration reform. The Hispanic vote is a crucial part of the electorate, so it should come as no surprise that this vote is being courted with promises of immigration reform.
It is clear that immigration reform has become a political pawn. As a political move to garner Republican support for immigration reform, the Obama Administration has detained and deported more people than the Bush administration ever did, among other measures, such as strengthening border control. Even though the Obama administration has done exactly what the Republicans wanted to gain their support for immigration reform, the Republicans maintain their opposition to any such legislation.
If President Obama was really serious about uniting families, he would utilize executive measures which could help millions of people legalize their status. For example, the executive branch, through the Department of Homeland Security, has the authority to grant humanitarian parole to any person. This would help millions of people who are otherwise unable to apply for residency in the United States because of having entered without documents. A person with an immediate relative that can transmit residency such as a spouse, son, or daughter, can only apply for residency in the United States if the person has been admitted or paroled into the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security could conceivably parole millions of individuals who were not admitted and have not been paroled. Eligibility for humanitarian parole could be limited to those individuals that can demonstrate good moral character and have an immediate relative that can transmit residency. Right now, in general, the only people that are given parole after entering the country without documents are natives or citizens of Cuba.
The Obama administration has tried to appease the opponents of an immigration overhaul, but they are steadfast in their opposition to any immigration reform including the DREAM Act. It is about time that the Obama administration stood behind its principals and exerted executive power for the good of the United States.
Antonio Revilla is a Former U.S. Immigration Prosecutor and Miami Immigration Lawyer. Mr. Revilla founded his immigration law practice, Revilla Law Firm, when he saw a dire need for aggressive immigration representation and deportation defense in order to keep families united.
Mr. Revilla has dedicated his career to educating the public on the importance of immigration reform in our country. He has appeared on television to discuss various immigration issues and the benefits of passing bills such as the DREAM Act.
If you wish to contact Mr. Revilla about any immigration issue, he can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone (305) 858-2323.