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Obama has stopped enforcing immigration rules for some undocumented immigrants.
Now he needs to rise to the occasion and stop enforcing laws that prevent immigrant spouses in the application process from obtaining their visas.  Spouses of US Citizens, who almost all legal experts agree are likely to acquire green cards must wait 3-4 years and separate for a period of time because the US refuses to recognize a tourist visa while a green card application is pending.
The media is too scared to report it even though spouses who are in the process or immigration or have acquired documentation and immigrated to the United States are forced to spend thousands of dollars to attain equal rights with their citizen spouse.

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  •  No. He has not stopped enforcing the law. (4+ / 0-)

    Prosecutorial discretion is not "not enforcing the law"

    If the President were going to say "I'm not going to enforce this law", he would be in violation of the Constitution.

    The ONLY thing possible would be for the State Department  to be able to expedite the applications.

    And even that would be a lot of paperwork and red tape.

    "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 02:52:15 PM PDT

  •  And it's Mr. President or President Obama to you. (3+ / 0-)

    "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 02:53:18 PM PDT

    •  Came here to say this exactly after seeing the (2+ / 0-)
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      jennyp, AllTheWayWithLBJ85


      I can't remember a time where a president and his office were shown such little respect. It's especially disrespectful when people refer to him as "Mr."  It's one thing to refer to "Obama", "W", or "Clinton", but when you use "Mr." Instead of "President", it comes across as intentionally disrespectful.

      •  sigh, no (2+ / 0-)
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        Mr D, Pale Jenova

        How many times did you refer to Bush as "President Bush"? I bet it was very rare.

        Not that I did, myself - I liked to refer to him simply as "the shrub".

        If Obama can survive all the right wing trash, I think he can survive being called by the wrong honorific.

      •  I would disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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        Pale Jenova

        I think Mr. Obama is more respectful than Obama. But you are right about Mr. President. etc.
        This is not an entirely sarcastic plea. To be frank there are laws that make no sense to me and this is one of them.
        I dont want to stop good things but remember
        he gets to do alot by executive order-- no medical marijuana... minimum wage for feds... patch holes in the introduction of PPCAA...
        How are these priorities set?

        As to second point. Peruse any number of posts regarding Bush. I suppose the same could be done for Clinton (despite his comparative brilliance)

    •  Youre right. (0+ / 0-)

      I could have written President Obama.
      But whats done is done. First sentence updated.

    •  Thank you for your CONCERN (1+ / 0-)
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      but I think Mr. Obama can weather this mini-storm of political correctness all by himself.

      By the way, did you call Dubya "Mr. President" every time?

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 07:34:33 PM PDT

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  •  What other laws should Presidents (1+ / 0-)
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    just decide for themselves to enforce or not enforce?

    If Bush did this, would we be okay with this totally permissible use of executive power?  I think not.

    This is not how our government works.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 03:27:40 PM PDT

    •  "Just following orders" does not excuse the blame (0+ / 0-)

      What is the president's response to the 50,000 refugee children? More money for prisons, processing, and deportation back to their Central American hellholes that the US of A helped create, courtesy of United Fruit et al.

      But hey, at least we got some cheap goddamned bananas out of the deal. What are a few hundred thousands lives good for anyway?

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 07:37:12 PM PDT

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  •  All executive actions which require money also (0+ / 0-)

    require discretion as to how to spend it, because the executive only has so much money to work with in a particular area, and thus has to make choices about what to spend it on or not spend it on.

    In the President's case, here, one of his discretionary choices was to prefer chasing true felons,  drug dealers, traffickers, smugglers,that sort, rather than the broader brush 'everyone who does not carry her papers around in her purse." Or all of those agricultural workers who only draw official attention when Rs are running for office  (It's strange but I still recall the day early in the 2008 campaign where a few highly staged perforamnces on the issue of immigration introduced the R initiative to make it a campaign issue in an area of life where race is coded into everything.  Before that, zip.)

    Since he only has so many immigration judges and only so many prosecutors and so many administrative folk and so many border patrol and ICE officers to physically go do things, he has chosen to prefer going after those doing affirmative damage in the most literal way here. And he has deported historically high numbers.  But he cannot be foreced to spend money not authorized and appropriated, law text be hanged.  So the cases go slower and slower, and the juggle becomes how to pay for detention for respondents intended to be deported until the bureaucrati system of immigration proceedings can get to them, a process which gets longer and longer, alnd also has to be paid for.  And there simply is not enough enforcement money in the Presidential till to go after everyone in the way the law requires it to be done.

    And you will notice that even in the presence of the R- tittilating wave of young unofficial immigrants, 57,000 or so, there is no additional Congressional money forthcoming to deal with the relatively unique crisis. And although Rick Perry is calling out the state Guard, and claims he will send the bill to Washington, I would not if I were a Texan hold my breath on his getting a dime on that bill paid by Washington. Not appropriated.

    •  Cut some corners for me too Mr. President (1+ / 0-)
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      Or wait until after the midterms.
      As for undocumented migrant workers, my mind is not made up. OK you make them full citizens but then farmers dont want citizens they want undocumented migrant workers. Family restaurants dont want citizens  they want undocumented migrant workers. Small movers dont want citizens they want undocumented migrant workers. Its really not going to help anyone.

      As for..
      Rick... Perry..... rats too exhausted to say more on that topic.

  •  a chance for obama to stick his thumb in (1+ / 0-)
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    Pale Jenova

    congress' eye for its failure to address immigration.

  •  Dear Mr. Obama: stop trying to out-Bush Bush (0+ / 0-)

    No matter how far right you sway, the right wing will always hate you. Please do the decent thing. I know you can do it.

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 07:31:37 PM PDT

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