Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2012 – We have all heard this before, that immigration reform is a priority. If so, why no action?
“To hear a politician speak, including Obama, immigration reform is a top priority, and that is why he suspended deportation for some illegal immigrants. That got him higher ratings with Latin voters, something he needs to win again. The ratings may be relatively short-lived though, since Obama’s administration has one of the highest records for deportations. Call it a temporary stop-gap to garner votes, or call it outright bribery, because it is,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida.
The new deferred action policy went over well with Latinos, and coincidentally began just before a tight race for the White House. Their votes could carry Obama back to victory, and thus they play an important role in the future of the country as a whole. It is odd then that politicians only seem to want to see, hear, speak and court them when it is an election year. Or perhaps it is not odd at all, but a strategic move much like a game of chess, except the Latin voters are not pawns, not should they be treated as such.
“I’m never sure if the politicians really think Latin voters are dumb or not, as they certainly treat them like they are only there to be bribed when they are needed to win an election,” said Rifkin. “After the election, it is back to business as usual, and ‘as usual’ means immigration reform is still lying on the table somewhere in a dark room,” he added.
Before the new deferral policy, Latinos were not impressed with Obama, largely because he failed to deliver on his original promise made in his first campaign; that his government would push forward forcefully to implement immigration reform. That reform was to include a way to legalize undocumented immigrants. To date, there has been nothing of import to indicate immigration reform is more than smoke and mirrors and empty words. “In fact,” Rifkin pointed out, the Obama administration went in the opposite direction and deported close to 400,000 people. If there were ever a case of saying one thing and doing another, this would be it.”
Will immigration reform be back on the table in clear view for action for the next term? That is the million dollar question.
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