The President will deliver remarks on the new steps he will be taking within his executive authority on immigration. The President will speak at Del Sol High School, where he laid out his principles for commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform nearly two years ago.
Sahil Kapur has a good backgrounder on what to expect from Obama’s announcement of an executive action guaranteed to send the entire right wing into a frenzy: All You Need to Know About Obama’s Executive Action to Legalize 5 Million.
The cornerstone of Obama’s executive action is a new “deferred action” program to authorize undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents temporarily live and work in the country, as long as they’ve resided here for at least 5 years and can show that their child was born before the date of Obama’s announcement. This huge action covers more than 4 million people. Separately, Obama will expand his 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which currently covers people born after 1981 who came to the country before June 15, 2007 — the expanded program will scrap the age cap and move the cutoff date to January 1, 2010. It’s expected to cover some 270,000 new so-called DREAMers.
Despite intense lobbying by immigrant-rights groups, the action will not cover parents of DREAMers, or DACA beneficiaries. A senior administration official said that after an exhaustive review of the White House’s legal options, “we made a determination that the law essentially did not support that. … By executive action he can only do so much.”
This action is temporary, and can be reversed by the next president. “It is not a pathway to citizenship,” a senior administration official stressed, saying that the administration will begin accepting applications in the spring (potentially sooner for the expanded DACA program). Each applicant will be required to pass a background check to receive what will be a three-year work authorization under both programs. They’ll also have to pay taxes and stay on the right side of the law. Their reprieves and work permits are granted on the basis of the longstanding exercise of prosecutorial discretion, and can be revoked at any time at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security.
And of course:
Republicans are gearing up to mount a massive backlash that could include a government shutdown standoff or a lawsuit. The conservative base is apoplectic about Obama’s actions, and rank-and-file GOP lawmakers are floating everything from impeachment to jailing the president.
Certain to be the cause of a major eruption of right wing craziness, the President announced his speech on immigration reform tonight on Facebook, and with a post at the White House blog by Josh Earnest: Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform | the White House.
Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.
So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at whitehouse.gov.
This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas — and that’s where he’ll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform.
We’ll be there with a live video thread, of course.
Our government news of the day is a shocking act of Democratic obstructionism in the Senate, where the bill to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was narrowly defeated today.
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday defeated a bill, 59 to 41, that would have approved the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rebuffing a Democratic colleague, Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, who had hoped to muscle the legislation through in advance of her uphill runoff election fight back home.
Forty Democrats and Angus King, independent of Maine, voted against the bill, with just 14 Democrats joining all 45 Republicans in support of the oil pipeline.
The battle over approving the pipeline, which will carry petroleum from the oil sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas, ultimately became a proxy war for the Louisiana Senate seat, where Ms. Landrieu and Representative Bill Cassidy, a Republican, are locked in fight for votes in their oil-rich state ahead of a Dec. 6 runoff election.
The bill is sure to come up again in the new Senate, but it would still be unlikely to get the 67 votes needed to override a Presidential veto. The real loser in this vote is Mary Landrieu, who fought hard to get Democrats to support it and lost — and now may lose her Senate seat.
Here’s one of those jaw-dropping political statements that sends your mind into vapor lock for a few seconds as you try in vain to comprehend the bizarre illogic that could drive someone like Rick Santorum to such an absurd inverted reality conclusion: Rick Santorum Wishes Obama Would Be a Racial Uniter Like Segregationists Jerry Falwell and Jesse Helms.
Some excellent news from President Obama’s trip to China: BREAKING: The US and China Just Announced a Huge Deal on Climate—and It’s a Game Changer.
So much for the conventional wisdom that China will never agree to reduce carbon emissions. Two of the world’s major carbon-producing countries have made an historic deal, and of course we can fully expect the Republican Party to freak right out over it.
According to the plan, the United States will reduce carbon emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, nearly twice the existing target—without imposing new restrictions on power plants or vehicles.
Tuesday’s announcement is equally remarkable for China’s commitment. For the first time, China has set a date at which it expects its emissions will “peak,” or finally begin to taper downward: around 2030. China is currently the world’s biggest emitter of carbon pollution, largely because of its coal-dependent economy, and reining in emissions while continuing to grow has been the paramount challenge for China’s leaders.
The White House said in a statement that China could reach the target even sooner than 2030. It “expects that China will succeed in peaking its emissions before 2030 based on its broad economic reform program, plans to address air pollution, and implementation of President Xi’s call for an energy revolution.”
Right wing demagogue Ted Cruz wins our Net Neutrality Tweet of the Day award, because it makes absolutely no sense yet the conservative crowd will eat it up and beg for more. Showing up soon on bumper stickers throughout Texas.
“Net Neutrality” is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.
Spreading rapidly through the right wing blogosphere today, we see yet another completely false BOMBSHELL BREAKING STORY that hits two of the hottest wingnut hot buttons: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
The wacky gang of crack right wing journalists at Breitbart “News” have not one but two articles pushing the claim (which I’m about to demonstrate is totally wrong) that Loretta Lynch, the African American woman nominated for Attorney General by President Obama, worked as part of the Clinton defense team during the Whitewater hearings.
New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, the new nominee for attorney general, has a career filled with high profile cases — and she was a member of Bill Clinton’s defense team during the 1992 Whitewater corruption probe.
You can find the same claims now at several of the major right wing websites; Weird Nut Daily, American Thinker, etc.
Just one small problem, of course; they have the wrong Loretta Lynch. Who could have imagined there might be more than one lawyer in America named Loretta Lynch?
The one who began working with the Clinton campaign in 1992 and was on the legal team during the Whitewater hearings is this woman, written up by the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2004:
Personal: Born Feb. 22, 1962, in Independence, Mo. Lives in San Francisco. Single.
Education: Bachelor of arts, 1983, University of Southern California; juris doctor, 1987, Yale University Law School.
Career highlights: Member of the California Public Utilities Commission (term ends Dec. 31); president of the PUC, 2000-2002; director, Office of Policy and Research for Gov. Gray Davis, 1999; deputy policy director with Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign; partner, law firm Keker & Van Nest, San Francisco, 1991-99; special counsel, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1990-91.
What’s Next: A book about the California energy crisis and a wedding in 2005.
Joining Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign early in 1992, Lynch helped coordinate the campaign’s responses to the many personal allegations raised about the candidate.
In 1992, the Loretta Lynch picked for new Attorney General by President Obama (pictured at right) was working as an assistant US attorney in New York. One of her most famous cases was the prosecution of the violent Queens-based Green Dragons Asian street gang.
Another triumph of right wing journalism.
After leaving this drivel up for more than a day, the crack journalists of Breitbart “News” have now added this in italics to the end of the first article linked above, right above the author info which is also in italics.
Correction: The Loretta Lynch identified earlier as the Whitewater attorney was, in fact, a different attorney.
In other words, “this entire article is wrong, starting with the headline and then every other sentence in it. It could not possibly be more wrong. The fail in this piece is utterly massive and without compare.”
That’s how weird these right wing bloggers are getting — they’re inventing smears that aren’t even smears except to other right wingers, and failing at it.