WUSA 9 – Help Save Maryland Director, Brad Botwin in The News – Watch The Video – President’s order could help 200,000 local immigrants

Bruce Leshan, WUSA6:28 p.m. EST November 20, 2014

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) — Undocumented immigrants across the region are celebrating the president’s executive order while illegal immigration opponents are promising political payback.

Advocates estimate that there are half a million undocumented immigrants in Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia, and many of them are going to be listening carefully to President Obama’s speech.

From what we know so far, it looks like the executive order will grant about 40% of illegal immigrants legal status here in the United States. That’s 200,000 people.

Enriqueta Juares says after a dozen years of living in fear, the president’s order will finally offer her some relief. She says she doesn’t have words to describe how happy she is: “Yes, very, very happy.”

With two children, one born in the U.S., the cleaning woman at the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor now dreams now of a much brighter future for her children. She hopes her daughter will be a doctor.

But the executive order is limited and President Obama is not expected to extend legal status to the parents of dreamers like 19-year-old college student Claudia Quinonez.

“I will be very upset,” the Montgomery College student said, almost crying. “It will be shame on him. Because we’ve been working very hard.”

Quinonez’s mother Rosemary brought her to the U.S. from Bolivia when she was 11-years-old.

“They work hard, my mom pays taxes, and she works because she wants me to have a better life.”

Gustavo Torres, executive director of the immigrant service and advocacy group CASA, says this is a huge victory, but immigrants want more.

“All of the actions we’ve engaged in for 20 years pay off right now. But it’s not a solution, I want to be very clear. We need to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

Maryland anti-illegal immigration activist Brad Botwin agrees on the need for reform, but he says the reform that’s needed is tougher border enforcement and English only policies.

“I don’t need another five, six, seven million people competing with American citizens who really still can’t find work,” Botwin said.

The immigrant rights activists are planning to listen to the speech and will celebrate CASA in Hyattsville and down at Lafayette Park in front of the White House.

Brad Botwin says he won’t even watch. He’s having dinner at the Cuban Corner Restaurant in Rockville with some people he says have left Maryland because of the government policies.

http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/2014/11/20/president-obama-immigration-announcement-casa-maryland/70021202/

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Help Save Maryland Director, Brad Botwin on PBS – What the election means for the future of immigration reform

One of the major national policy issues that lost political momentum going into the 2014 election is immigration reform. What’s next for reform if Republicans take the Senate? Did the stalemate demobilize voters? Gwen Ifill gets debate from Cristina Jimenez of United We Dream and Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/election-means-future-immigration-reform/

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New DHS immigration rules: Drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, gun offenders not top deportation priorities

Hat Tip, Maureen Wilson of NC Fire in North Carolina:

The Department of Homeland Security has just released new “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants.” Designed to fill in the details after President Obama’s announcement that at least four million currently illegal immigrants will be given work permits, Social Security numbers and protection from deportation, the DHS guidelines are instructions for the nation’s immigration and border security officers as they administer the president’s directive.

The new priorities are striking. On the tough side, the president wants U.S. immigration authorities to go after terrorists, felons, and new illegal border crossers. On the not-so-tough side, the administration views convicted drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, and gun offenders as second-level enforcement priorities. An illegal immigrant could spend up to a year in prison for a violent crime and still not be a top removal priority for the Obama administration.

In the memo, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says his department must develop “smart enforcement priorities” to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” in order to best use his agency’s limited resources. Johnson establishes three enforcement priority levels to guide DHS officers as they decide whether to stop, hold, or prosecute an illegal immigrant.

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Priority One is the “highest priority to which enforcement resources should be directed,” the memo says. The category includes “aliens engaged in or suspected of terrorism or espionage, or who otherwise pose a danger to national security.” It also includes “aliens apprehended at the border or ports of entry while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.” In addition, any illegal immigrant convicted of an offense involving a criminal street gang, or convicted of a felony — provided that immigration status was not an “essential element” of the charge — is targeted. Finally, any illegal immigrant convicted of an aggravated felony is included in Priority One.

The guidelines say Priority One aliens “must be prioritized” for deportation unless they qualify for asylum or unless there are “compelling and exceptional” factors that indicate the alien is not a threat.

Priority Two offenders, whose cases are less urgent than criminals in Priority One, include the following:

aliens convicted of a “significant misdemeanor,” which for these purposes is an offense of domestic violence; sexual abuse or exploitation; burglary; unlawful possession or use of a firearm; drug distribution or trafficking; or driving under the influence; or if not an offense listed above, one for which the individual was sentenced to time in custody of 90 days or more (the sentence must involve time to be served in custody, and does not include a suspended sentence)

 

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/after-obama-action-dhs-sets-new-immigration-rules-drunk-drivers-sex-abusers-drug-dealers-gun-offenders-not-top-deportation-priorities/article/2556517

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The WV State Journal – WV representation in Congress disagree with Obama’s executive order on immigration reform

Posted: Nov 21, 2014 12:42 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 21, 2014 1:25 PM EST

West Virginia leaders in Congress do not agree with President Barack Obama’s decision to use executive action to force through immigration reform.

According to the Associated Press, Obama pins allegations on Republicans who say the order is “overdue” or doesn’t go far enough and oppose broader legislation. But Obama himself has contributed to the delays, making political calculations that left legislative efforts languishing throughout his first term and paused the promise of executive action in his second, the AP reported.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he disagrees with the timing of President Barack Obama’s immigration order.

“I said I disagreed with action the President is taking because of timeliness,” Manchin said in a conference call with reporters on Nov. 21. “Yesterday was the first time (Congress) saw the details of the order.”

Manchin repeatedly said he hopes a Republican-led Congress will work better with moderate Democrats, to get more legislation passed.

“I hope (Republicans) don’t make the same mistake the Democrats made in doing nothing,” he said. “If they want to play that same game they’ll have the same disastrous results the Democrats just had in the past election.

“In order to get something voted on and something passed, you’ve got to work with people like me.”

Manchin said he is willing to get “reasonable” things done, showing the Republicans will have the ability to govern.

“It’s in the Republican’s hands now,” he said of the executive action to make changes to the immigration system. “I think the President, by doing the actions he did (Nov. 20), does not give (Republicans) a chance to vote.”

Manchin said questions like ‘Can’t you make sure a person who came here illegally and is working under the table doesn’t have an unfair advantage in taking American jobs?’ are constantly raised to him be his constituents. ‘Can’t you make them get in line — pay the fine — quit worrying about getting re-elected and make them do something for our country.’

He said he, and fellow members of Congress, are hearing those concerns from voters “loud and clear.”

“Congress must work with the President to debate the issues and vote to secure our borders, create a tough legalization process, and ensure employers don’t hire illegal immigrants,” Manchin said. “We successfully passed a bipartisan bill on the Senate side, and all we’re asking is that the House takes a vote as well.”

Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., also disagrees with Obama’s call to use executive action to provide what he says is “amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.”

McKinley released the following statement:

“Earlier this month the American people roundly rejected President Obama’s policies by electing a Republican Senate and larger majority in the House. They sent a message that the President must work with Congress. Tonight’s announcement that he will act alone on immigration shows that he wasn’t listening.

“President Obama’s plan to give executive amnesty to millions is nothing more than a divisive, political calculation that will poison the well for his ability to work with the new Congress that will be sworn in just six weeks from now.

“Policies should be changed through the legislative process, not with an edict from the President. President Obama’s action shows a blatant disregard for the will of the people, and disrespect for the Constitutional limits of his office.

“This plan shows the President is more concerned with dividing the American people for political gain than he is about listening and working in good faith to get something done. His executive amnesty plan is wrong for America and we will continue to push back against it.”

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., condemned the President’s decision to act unilaterally on immigration instead of working with Congress:

“President Obama’s decision to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of people who have entered our country illegally is unconstitutional and wrong. These actions by executive order intrude on the constitutional role and responsibility of Congress to write, debate and pass laws,” Capito said. “Even President Obama said as recently as last year that he lacked the constitutional authority to take this action unilaterally.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.statejournal.com/story/27450699/wv-representation-in-congress-disagree-with-obamas-executive-order-on-immigration-reform

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Fox News Latino – Tea Party protests over Obama’s immigration action fail to gather steam

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    NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 20: Jim MacDonald (C) and fellow activists from the organization New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement (NY ICE) hold protest signs outside the offices of 32BJ SEIU, a workers union, during a viewing party for U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on executive action immigration policy reform on November 20, 2014 in New York City. In his announcement, the president detailed his plans to take executive action to provide administrative relief to millions of immigrants. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images) (2014 GETTY IMAGES)

Following President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday night laying out his executive action on immigration, sparse protests have sprouted across the country in response to the president’s plan.

From a one-man demonstration freezing South Dakota to a small group in New York City on Thursday night to a planned Tea Party protest to be held outside of the Las Vegas school Obama will visit Friday, opponents of the president’s executive action are gathering – in less than record numbers – to voice their anger with Obama’s decree.

“Our president is advocating breaking the law and giving it away to people from other countries,” Karen Steelmon, the president of the Las Vegas Tea Party told Fox News Latino. Steelmon added that she expects some 500 protestors to show up outside of Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, where Obama is expected to sign the executive actions during a rally.

Tea Party and other hardline anti-immigration groups from places as far as Alabama, Missouri and California are expected to travel to Las Vegas for the protest, including the “Stop The Buses Murrieta” group that gained national attention this summer when the city’s mayor and residents blocked buses carrying immigrant children who were going to be processed there.

By about 8:30 in the morning in Las Vegas about 40 people had already gathered in a parking lot across the street from Del Sol High School with people shouting “Secure Our Borders” over megaphones and holding up signs in protest to Obama’s executive action.

“It is outside his powers to do such a thing,” Patrice Lynes, an organizer of “Stop The Buses Murrieta” told FNL in a phone call from Las Vegas. “He has violated the Constitution. It’s Congress’ job to make the laws, not his.”

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2014/11/21/tea-party-protests-against-executive-action-on-immigration-fail-to-gather-steam/

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