|Obama to Go It Alone on Immigration
Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, says the president’s decision to go it alone illustrates a breaking point for the White House and its ability to shepherd legislation on Capitol Hill.
“That is a Band-Aid to the real problem,” Aguilar says. Still, he admits the president does have freedom to stem deportations and help fix the broken immigration system. “The law does provide him a lot of discretion, so if he would decide to give further actions to the rest of the undocumented population, he does have that authority,” he says.
Aguilar says even if the White House has been a poor negotiating partner on issues in the past, House Republicans should be kicking themselves for letting the president get out ahead of them on immigration. While Republicans in Congress may be deeply divided about how to proceed on issues like citizenship and low-skill worker visas, Republicans nationally understand the party must do something to make inroads with Hispanic voters if they want to win the White House in 2016. (read the rest)