Looming Immigration Action
While Biden says illegals are already Americans.
Some immigration activists expect Barack Obama to act on his own if Congress doesn’t move by summer on reform. “The president made it clear that three months from now, if there is no legislative action, he will do more using executive authority,” says Lorella Praelli, the director of advocacy and policy for United We Dream, who recently met with the president. Indeed, that’s a signal Obama has been sending frequently. And as we wrote yesterday, the president has already granted de facto amnesty through selective deportation, so any further executive action would only be in character. As icing on the cake, here’s what Joe Biden had to say: “Eleven million people living in the shadows I believe are already American citizens. These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully, and by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view.”