Senate Democrats Announce That They Have Obama’s Back On Immigration Executive Orders


In a letter to President Obama, Senate Democrats announced their support of his plan to take action on immigration reform through executive orders.

The Senate Democrats wrote,

We know that enacting a comprehensive immigration bill is the only way to permanently fix our broken immigration system. The Senate-passed bill would overwhelmingly pass the House of Representatives. Because House Republicans have not acted, we fully support your decision to use your well-established executive authority to improve as much of the immigration system as you can.

Some Republicans are claiming that you do not have the authority to act, but we know that you, like previous presidents, have broad executive authority to shape the enforcement and implementation of immigration laws. This authority includes exercising prosecutorial discretion to refine deportation priorities, deferring deportations on a case-by-case basis, and streamlining the legal immigration system. In fact, every President since Eisenhower has used his executive authority to make our immigration system function more effectively. Perhaps the action most similar to what is needed today is the “Family Fairness” policy implemented by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, which deferred the deportation of 1.5 million spouses and children of individuals who were legalized under the Immigration Reform and Control Act, representing 40 percent of the then undocumented population.


Immigrant communities have waited too long for House Republicans to catch up with the American public’s support for comprehensive immigration reform. We strongly support your plan to improve as much of the immigration system as you can within your legal authority, and will stand behind you to support changes to keep families together while continuing to enforce our immigration laws in a way that protects our national security and public safety.

It’s a new world that congressional Republicans will be entering into in January. Gone are the days when the Senate Democratic majority grumbled about the White House while the White House largely ignored Senate Democrats. After their defeat Democrats are moving more to the left, and they are also growing more unified.

The letter about Obama’s potential immigration action is the first in what will likely be many expressions of congressional Democrats lining up to support the president. Republicans are already showing signs of letting the infighting that has plagued Boehner’s House majority for years spread to the Senate. The roles are reversing. It is going to be up to Republicans to get bills passed while Democrats serve as the questioning opposition.

It can’t be said often enough. President Obama is being forced to take executive action because House Republicans have refused to pass the bipartisan immigration reform bill that cleared the Senate. A new day is coming. Democrats are ready to support their president, and if this occurs, it will be a very miserable two years in the majority for John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

16 Replies to “Senate Democrats Announce That They Have Obama’s Back On Immigration Executive Orders”

  1. Hopefully this election showed the futility of trying to pander to the Republican base and the need to stand up and fight for Democratic values to fire up OUR base. I will be watching closely to see who the cowards are, and who stands up for our ideals.

  2. So good to know that at least some democrats have his back. Now senators….kill that Keystone bill!

  3. Thank you for posting this blog. This exposes exactly what CNN and other media outlets are up to. Zero accountability.

  4. This is good news only if the alleged Dems (looking at you Machin, McCaskill, and Heitkamp) gets on board…

  5. After what the Dems in the Senate just pulled for 2014 elections, I think President Obama should go ahead whether they have his back or not.

    He is the President, he is within the scope of his authority to move unilaterally on this issue. Especially, since the passed bill never was even brought up for a vote by Boehner and his crew.

    President Obama, just do it. If you don’t, nothing will get gone. Screw the GOP, they will not work with you on anything ever, and I am sure you know that by now. Bring relief to the families that this law will help.

  6. The GOP just wants to put the President in the corner. They have no goals in mind except that, and to make us all dirt poor and blame us for it; and to serve their rich bastard masters.

    John Boehner is disgusting the way he tries to act like he is the President. He came from humble beginnings, but apparently forgot where he came from.

    If I could move out of this country, believe me, I would do it in a New York minute.

  7. Dick Durbin “This presidents not going to go gently into his last two years. He’s going to lead….”

  8. I have a sense that our President is not a fighter, but likes to engage in real solutions for the country. I think it is very difficult for him to be confrontational simply because of his good nature. I think the GOP has taken advantage of his good nature, and now he will do whatever he needs to do for the people in our country he can help.

    GOP underestimated POTUS..they should always remember than kindness is not weakness.

  9. Never give up never surrender! This is our country and no orange colored drunk and white supremacist turtle looking jerk is going to sell it to those two koaks.

    Just ignore them Mr President, the same way they did you, except you will do a lot while they are seething.

  10. I am on social security, if the republicans shut down the government again, I hope it is shut down completely, social security
    military spending the lot, it might be painful for all of us but then perhaps people will take their heads out of the sand and see what the republicans are capable of. Many of the old folks in Florida
    retirement villages who are staunch republicans and are living on the government payroll will see what they can do.Government inspectors in airports should be furloughed, if we close the airports the repubs would soon scream.

  11. Setting aside, generally, the passage of the ACA, this letter is the first expression of Democratic support of the president, period. And it’s far too little, and far too late. Hell, they’d rather rush through a vote on Keystone in order to help a hopeless Landrieu than confirm Obama’s AG nominee while she can still get out of it before being run over and dragged through sewage for weeks on end. So forgive me, and I suspect the president, if this letter of Senate Democratic support is viewed in much the same way one would view being just handed a used piece of toilet tissue.

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