With one day left until the elections, politicians continue to predict the future while taking heat for inaction. The elections could spell out the direction of future immigration reform, as both sides prepare for a possible Republican Senate takeover. Former presidential candidates chime in on what the future may hold, while the current president continues to take public hits from immigrant rights' advocates for what they see as inaction.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney postulated that with a Republican win in the senate, Congress would work together to finally pass legislation on immigration reform. Romney predicted that President Barack Obama would move towards some sort of “amnesty”, but that the Congress would act to pass a more conservative bill which emphasized border security.
Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, outlined his predictions, stating, “you're going to see a provision, first of all, to secure the border. Second of all, to deal with those who come here illegally. And third, to make sure our immigration policies are more open and transparent to many people who do want to come here illegally.”
Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin did not agree. Palin said Romney was, “in never never land on this one.” Palin argued that every Republican is campaigning against amnesty and every Democrat is for amnesty. Palin went on to criticize the potential executive action many expect Obama to take as unconstitutional, and that Senate Republicans have been doing “everything in their power to stop Obama's lawlessness, including his unjust amnesty.”
Meanwhile, President Obama has been busy making the rounds in support of some Democrats running for governor in states like Connecticut and Pennsylvania. However, protesters have been showing up to criticize the president over his immigration reform inaction. Hecklers continue to speak out to the president in the face of continued deportations of undocumented immigrants.
Interrupting the president's speech a number of times, protesters held up signs and shouted out for answers during the president's final campaign swing. The president responded, pointing to Republicans as the source of gridlock when it came to immigration reform. Obama finally responded, “I am sympathetic to those who are concerned about immigration. That's why we fought for immigration reform. It's the other party that's blocked it.”
However, many have questioned the White House Administration's commitment to immigration reform. Under the Obama administration, deportations have averaged 1,000 a day, more than any other president before. The immigration advocacy group known as Dreamers have been frustrated by the lack of immigration reform, with each party blaming the other for the inaction. Last week, protesters organized by United We Dream, confronted Hillary Clinton during a public appearance in Maryland.
A member of United We Dream, Maria Praeli, told the Washington Times that “Dreamers will not take any more political delays or excuses. Our community expects President Obama to be broad in using his executive authority to provide deportation relief to millions of people from our community, including parents of Dreamers, and we're here to hold him accountable on his promise.”