Immigration Reform news today: Republicans want to destroy last hope of undocumented immigrants
Republicans seem to be increasing their opposition to delayed deportation tactics by Obama administration to give some breathing space to undocumented immigrants. It was made clear late last month that the Obama administration, in the absence of Presidentâ€™s executive action, had asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to go slow in deportation of longtime undocumented immigrants. Though, the directive said that the deportation of those who are implicated in crimes must continue.
But this too seems to be completely unacceptable to Republicans who have stalled every effort by President Barack Obama and Democrats to implement immigration reform or to provide relief to this segment of population.
This comes notwithstanding the assertion of John Boehner that it was President Obama who actually â€˜poisonedâ€™ immigration reform and not he or other GOP leaders. Many thought that Boehner had a change of heart and that Republicans seem to be changing their position as far as immigration reform was concerned.
Republican officialsâ€™ true color seems to have become very clear. Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona have asked the Congress to order the Department of Homeland Security to detain and then deport undocumented immigrants who have been arrested or convicted of serious crimes. This is in continuation of Republicanâ€™s demand for harsh action against undocumented immigrants.
Reports suggest that the latest Criminal Alien Deportation Act bill is actually part of a growing push in the Republican base for stricter immigration laws and enforcement, particularly targeting so-called “sanctuary cities” that have refused to implement federal immigration orders, after an undocumented immigrant with a lengthy criminal record shot and killed Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old woman, on a crowded San Francisco pier on July 1.
If the bill is actually passed from the Congress it will make things miserable to millions of people. The Criminal Alien Deportation Act is said to be a companion bill to the Stop Catch and Release Act introduced in the House earlier this month that would ban the current policy of releasing undocumented immigrants with pending criminal charges from prison. Both acts are part of efforts by Republican legislators to change the Obama administration’s current immigration policy that restricts deportations. So they are countering every Obama administration action almost immediately.
While talking about the bill McCain and Flake in a joint statement said, â€œIt is simply irresponsible to release known criminals into the public because their court hearings take years to processâ€¦In Arizona, we’ve seen the success of detaining and swiftly prosecuting criminal immigrants… and our bill would be an important step in extending a ‘zero tolerance’ approach nationwideâ€