But this just means they'll go for a "stealth amnesty"—possibly through piecemeal legislation, but also through administrative measures like quietly abandoning enforcement.
That's exactly what Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is now advocating. (Leader has back-up immigration plan, by Suzanne Gamboa, AP, Sept. 25, 2009.)
But if Democratic leaders delay, because of elections and a hostile political climate for immigrants, Congress should take up the issue gradually and in smaller ways, Saenz said. Lawmakers could address the need for foreign agricultural workers, provide legal status to high school graduates brought to the country illegally as children, and create equity for same sex partners who want to come to the U.S. or get green cards...
While the politics is playing out, Saenz said the Obama administration can take immediate action on immigration by fixing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Homeland Security Department, and suspending agreements that allow local and state law enforcement to enforce immigration laws. The agreements have led to civil rights abuses, such as racial profiling, he said.
Right on cue, CNS' Terry Jeffrey reports Administration Will Cut Border Patrol Deployed on U.S-Mexico Border:
Even though the Border Patrol now reports that almost 1,300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border is not under effective control, and the Department of Justice says that vast stretches of the border are ”easily breached,” and the Government Accountability Office has revealed that three persons ”linked to terrorism” and 530 aliens from ”special interest countries” were intercepted at Border Patrol checkpoints last year, the administration is nonetheless now planning to decrease the number of Border Patrol agents deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border.(Sept. 24. VDARE.COM italics)
Call it the "Obamnesty"—and the answer is Obampeachment.