Democratic lawmakers seem confident immigration reform will happen in the near future because even if Congress doesn’t act, the president will move forward with executive orders, they say. Via The Hill:
“I don’t think the president will be hands off on immigration for any moment in time,” Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), the head of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters this week. “He’s ready to move forward if we’re not.”
Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, echoed that message, saying Obama is “not just beating the drum,” for immigration reform, “he’s actually the drum major.”
“There are limitations as to what he can do with executive order,” Crowley said Wednesday, “but he did say that if Congress continued to fail to act that he would take steps and measures to enact common-sense executive orders to move this country forward.”
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), who heads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said there are “plenty” of executive steps Obama could take if Congress fails to pass a reform package. “The huge one,” Grijalva said, is “the waiving of deportation” in order to keep families together.