Friday, May 24, 2024

Lawsuit Against President Obama Is Just Another Excuse for Republicans to Delay Immigration Reform

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This week, the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, announced his plan to sue President Obama for his alleged abuse of executive orders and failure to faithfully execute the laws of our country. Give me a break! When Boehner was asked whether Republicans were suing President Obama over one executive order in particular, the Speaker did not have an answer.

It could not be clearer that the President has executed the laws of the country, and has signed executive orders as an alternative to seek solutions to the problems facing the United States, which Republicans have made clear they are not interested in doing.

Once more, Republicans are looking to find ways to obstruct and find excuses instead of working with Democrats and the President to advance the interests of the American people.

President Bush signed more than 200 executive orders during his time as President. So where was the Republican wrath when that occurred?

The reality is that this is nothing more than a Republican ploy to galvanize the most extreme factions of their voter base and encourage them to vote in November.

Yet what Republicans do not realize is that the majority of Republicans in the country are not as radical as they believe. What is more problematic is the fact that the majority of voters in the country support President Obama on issues in which he has used his executive authority. For example, immigration, deferred action for DREAMers, new carbon pollution standards for cleaner air, an increase in minimum wage, and the Affordable Care Act.

In reality, if Republicans want the majority of their party to vote in the November midterm elections, and in the 2016 presidential election, they should stop using threats and baseless political tactics, and should instead focus on what the American public wants them to do: govern and resolve the problems facing our country.

Instead of focusing on growing our economy, strengthening the middle class, and passing immigration reform, the Republican leader is determined to block, time and time again, the solutions put forth by Democrats and the President.

The Democratic Party, including the President, is committed to working with Republicans, as long as they are willing to negotiate to arrive at an agreement.

Today, more than ever, Latinos should elect leaders that are determined to fight for the country’s interests.

As a result, the Latino community must unite and vote come November. Our vote can give us a Congress that understands what it means to be a leader and that works to give everyone a better life. It is in our hands.

This piece originally appeared in Spanish in the Washington Hispanic