Poll: Latino voters want more, more, more

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By Paul Bedard | November 24, 2014 | 1:13 pm

A new poll of Latino voters finds that most want President Obama to issue more executive orders to cover all illegal immigrants and protect them from deportation if Congress doesn’t agree to comprehensive immigration reform.

The Latino Decisions survey found that 73 percent of the 405 registered voters polled want “additional executive orders” to protect immigrant workers not impacted by Obama’s decision last week targeted at four to five million parents facing deportation.

“We would prefer much more,” said Oscar Chacon, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities.

He added that 2016 presidential candidates should be welcoming to immigrants or face a voter backlash. “We will make sure that it is a central issue in the coming election,” he said.

The poll, conducted on behalf of Presente.org and Mi Familia Vota, also found that 64 percent of the Latino voters know “somebody who is an undocumented immigrant.” Some 42 percent said that they were both a friend and a family member.

Obama’s move won overwhelming support from those polled, with 89 percent supporting it strongly or somewhat strongly.

“This 89 percent is the highest and most unified we have ever found,” said Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions.

Republicans took a big hit in the poll, with most, 64 percent, blaming Republicans for inaction on immigration reform.

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• 66 percent — Yes, additional executive orders.

• 24 percent — No.

• 9 percent — Don’t know.

The executive order enacted by Obama would protect from deportation an estimated 4 to 5 million undocumented immigrant parents who have U.S. citizen children. However it would not provide relief for other immigrants who do not have children and are working in the agriculture, restaurant or hotel service, or construction sectors. If Congress fails to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill do you think President Obama should use additional executive orders to protect the remaining undocumented immigrant workers?


• 73 percent — Yes, additional executive orders.

• 21 percent — No.

• 6 percent — Don’t know.

Check Out the Records of Some of the Immigrants Who Qualify for Obama’s Executive Order

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BY KEVIN BOYD (19 HOURS AGO) | NATION

On Thursday, when President Obama announced his plan to allow certain illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. legally, he said:

And that’s why we’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mother who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day.
He boasted that, already, “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” A memo issued by the Department of Homeland Security shows that felons will be a top priority for removal:

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But if you’ve committed a serious misdemeanor, which includes everything from drunk driving to drug dealing to some firearms related charges, the Obama administration still may not deport you.

According to the Washington Examiner:

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.
Also, illegal aliens can rack up numerous misdemeanors such as disturbing the peace and public urination and not become a priority for deportation.

As we continue to learn which types of law-breakers are and aren’t protected under the President’s immigration executive order, many who are against the action are quick to point out that any person who is here illegally is, by definition, breaking the law.

FLOOD OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS POUR INTO NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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Department of Education plans this year to enroll 2,350 migrant children from Central America — with many more to come

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Youths hitch a ride atop a freight train in Oaxaca, Mexico, on their way to the US border, where they would join a flood of unaccompanied minors seeking to enter the country.

By Susan Edelman and Isabel VincentNovember 23, 2014 | 4:10am

New York has sent a warning to its schools: Expect more illegal immigrants.
The city Department of Education has told principals it plans this year to enroll 2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come.
“It is expected that children will continue to arrive in large numbers in the coming years,” says a DOE memo to principals obtained by The Post.
The notice comes as the city rolls out a $50 million red carpet for 1,662 minors who crossed the border this summer to escape ­violence and gangs in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
In the “surge,” 5,000 of the 63,000 migrant kids caught trying to cross US borders — or who turned themselves in for refuge — have been released to relatives or other “sponsors” in New York state. Most live with other illegal immigrants.
In the city, Queens has received the highest number of unaccompanied children, 732, followed by Brooklyn (434), The Bronx (433), Manhattan (63) and Staten Island (less than 50), federal reports show.
The recent arrivals join an estimated 350,000 children of illegal immigrants already in New York state — about 12 percent of the public-school population.
The DOE refused to discuss the exact numbers of recently enrolled children, claiming it would violate student privacy. Officials ignored questions about the cost.
The city’s per-pupil spending in the 2012-2013 academic year averaged $20,749, which would bring the total for the migrant kids to $48.7 million.
But the costs could soar, because the youths — many of them victims of poverty and abuse — will need state-mandated English-language instruction, free or reduced-price lunch, and a range of other services, including psychological counseling, medical and dental.
‘THE DOE BELIEVES THAT EVERY CHILD HAS A RIGHT TO A GREAT EDUCATION, AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING… A PATH TO LONG-TERM ACHIEVEMENT.’
– Devora Kaye, DOE spokesperson

“The DOE believes that every child has a right to a great education, and we are committed to providing children who have escaped violence with the academic foundation and access to services that they need to establish a path to long-term achievement,” said DOE spokeswoman Devora Kaye.
But parent leaders worry the ­influx will strain school budgets.
“Unless the mayor, governor or president announces that funds will be made available immediately, our already-struggling schools will have to provide more,” said Sam Pirozzolo, vice president of the New York City Parents Union.
“NYC public schools are already failing to meet the needs of the students they have — 70 percent cannot read, write and do math at grade level. How can they handle thousands of new students competing for the same services without things getting worse?”
Under US law, all children have a right to enroll in school and ­receive government services, ­regardless of immigration status.
On Long Island and upstate, several school districts have been accused of blocking enrollment of migrant youths by demanding a birth certificate, proof of residency and education records from their home countries.
DOE has instructed staff to register them without delay and follow up later on documentation.
“In the city, they don’t tend to give you a problem,” said Manhattan-based immigration lawyer John Cavallo.
DOE representatives even sit at a desk in Immigration Court downtown, where the migrant kids appear for hearings, to help them enroll in school and sign up for free health care.
In court, Melvin Bonilla, 17, said he traveled alone from Honduras on a “scary” journey to the United States four months ago. He lives with an uncle in Brooklyn but has skipped school.
‘HOW CAN [NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS] HANDLE THOUSANDS OF NEW STUDENTS COMPETING FOR THE SAME SERVICES WITHOUT THINGS GETTING WORSE?’
– Sam Pirozzolo, NYC Parents Union vice president

Bonilla told Immigration Judge Virna Wright he finished sixth grade in Honduras and had not enrolled in a school here because his uncle wanted him to learn English first and was paying for lessons. Wright ­instructed him to register.
Children can stay in the country if they convince authorities that they faced harm or persecution in their native land. Judges may also grant “special immigrant juvenile” status to a child found abused, neglected or abandoned.
The migrant kids are not directly affected by President Obama’s executive orders last week to let 5 million illegal immigrants stay in the country. One order exempts from deportation the parents of permanent residents or anyone born in the United States. Another expands relief to “Dreamers” brought here illegally before age 16 — and before Jan. 1, 2010.
The orders place “recent arrivals” in the same priority for ­deportation as suspected terrorists and felons. The feds are processing the recent flood of ­migrant kids more quickly, Cavallo said.
“While others wait years for their hearings, the recent arrivals get scheduled within weeks or a few months at most,” he said. “The message is: You come now, you’re going to get arrested and deported right away.”
But Obama vowed to deport “criminals, not children,” and critics contend his actions will encourage more kids to flee to the United States to get amnesty.

‘AMERICA’S TOUGHEST SHERIFF’ PREPARES TO USE OBAMA’S OWN WORDS AGAINST HIM IN AMNESTY SHOWDOWN

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Staunch Obama critic and Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed a lawsuit against the president for taking executive action on immigration.

by BIZPAC REVIEW | CARMINE SABIA | NOVEMBER 23, 2014

Staunch Obama critic and Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed a lawsuit against the president for taking executive action on immigration.

“I am not seeking to myself enforce the immigration laws as this is the province of the federal government,” Arpaio, who calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff,” said in a statement, according to CBS News. “Rather, I am seeking to have the president and the other defendants obey the U.S. Constitution.”

If allowed to stand, the executive action would “severely strain our resources, both in manpower and financially,” the Maricopa County sheriff said in the statement.

The lawsuit was filed on Arpaio’s behalf by Larry Klayman, an attorney and founder of government watchdog group, Judicial Watch. It says the executive action and the 2012 DREAM Act commit “unconstitutional abuses of the president’s role in our nation’s constitutional architecture and exceed the powers of the president within the U.S. Constitution,” the Arizona Capital Times reported.

Arpaio and Klayman plan to use Obama’s own words against him, according to the Times.

“What we can do is then carve out the Dream Act folks, saying young people who’ve basically grown up here are Americans we should welcome,” the president said in a 2013 interview with Telemundo. “But if we start broadening that, then essentially I’ll be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally. So that’s not an option.”

“Instead of legislation first passing both houses of Congress and then being sent to the president under the ‘Presentment Clause’ for signature and implementation or veto, the president originates legislation by himself and then dares the Congress to disagree,” the lawsuit said. “The president cannot simply announce sweeping new rules and implement them by giving a speech.”

The lawsuit also names as defendants U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.