Obama’s Immigratio​n Action: What You Need To Know


President Obama’s Immigration Action Is A Necessary First Step To Fix A Broken System

We all know that our immigration system is broken. In just a few hours at 8pm tonight, President Obama will announce executive action to do what is within his legal authority to help fix it given House Republicans’ failure to act. The directives are expected to contain a number of components that will strengthen our border and national security, ensure that our enforcement resources are used to go after felons and not families, and give close to 5 million people the chance to come out of the shadows and gain temporary legal status in the United States. It will keep families together, ensuring stronger communities as well. The main components include:

  • A new deferred action program for 4.1 million immigrants who have been in the country for at least 5 years and have citizen or permanent resident children;
  • An expansion of the DACA program to remove the age cap and move up the year of arrival for eligibility, which will cover 300,000 more Dreamers; and
  • Changes to our enforcement priorities to focus on terrorists, national security threats, and other serious offenders first and foremost.

Despite conservative objections, President Obama’s action isn’t about politics — it’s about policy, prosperity, people, and public safety. Here are the key points to keep in mind about why this immigration action is important for the country.

1. President Obama is taking a smart first step to do what is within his power and legal authority to fix the problems. Taking executive action on immigration has a long and bipartisan history: All 11 presidents since Eisenhower — including Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush — have deferred the deportations of immigrants at least 39 times over the past 60 years. In 1990, George H.W. Bush acted to protect 1.5 million of the 3.5 million total undocumented immigrants in the United States — around the same percentage as Obama will be protecting with his new order.

2. This executive action will strengthen our national security and public safety by allowing law enforcement to focus on felons, not families. Having over 4 million immigrants come forward, register with the government, and pass background checks means that we know more about who is here to contribute and who is here to do us harm. Using our tax dollars wisely — to go after serious offenders, terrorists, and national security threats — is just smart thinking. What’s more, law-abiding families who’ve built their lives here in America shouldn’t have to be worried about being torn apart by deportation.

3. This executive action is a win-win for all American workers and taxpayers. Bringing 5 million people onto the books means that they and their employers have to pay taxes, which benefits all Americans. CAP has estimated that in the first year of the program alone, these 5 million immigrants will contribute $3 billion in payroll tax revenue alone, and $22.6 billion over 5 years. Moreover, bringing people out of the shadows eliminates the exploitation of undocumented immigrants as cheap labor by employers, which in turn helps drive all wages up.

4. This is an important first step, but we still need comprehensive legislation from Congress. While we should celebrate these changes, we need legislation to make a permanent change to our immigration system. Yet even though the Senate passed a strong and bipartisan bill, with the toughest border security provisions ever, House Republicans are watching it wither and die. It’s up to them — instead of threatening to shut down the government or impeach the president — to act on passing bipartisan reform.

BOTTOM LINE: President Obama’s immigration order, in line with previous presidential action on the issue, is an important but modest first step toward fixing our broken immigration system. The directives he is poised to make will focus law enforcement resources on felons, not families, and will help grow the economy by bringing millions of workers out of the shadows. While Republicans will inevitably complain, it was on them to pass comprehensive legislation through Congress–and it is still on them to follow through.

a message from President Barack Obama

obamacapitol_300Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, I’ll address the nation from the East Room of the White House.

Here’s what I’ll be talking about:

We know our immigration system is broken. Using my authority as President, I’ll lay out new steps I’m taking to help fix as much of the system as I can.

This is an important issue — one that’s very personal to many Americans — and I want to make sure you can tune in and hear for yourself.

Go to WhiteHouse.gov/Immigration-Action to watch at 8 p.m. Eastern.


We’ve all got a stake in fixing immigration in this country, and every day Washington fails to act, the situation gets worse. That’s why, in addition to the actions I’m announcing tonight, I’ll continue to work with Congress on a comprehensive, bipartisan solution.

President Barack Obama

Paid Sick Time Ballot Initiative​s Win Big in Tuesday’s Election

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Paid Sick Time Ballot Initiatives Win Big in Tuesday’s Election
On Tuesday, paid sick time was on the ballot in 4 elections, and we won all of them! Massachusetts is now the 3rd state to guarantee paid sick time statewide, which is wonderful news for the nearly 1 million workers in the state who currently lack paid sick time. Two cities in NJ, Montclair and Trenton, passed paid sick time laws, bringing the total number of cities in NJ with such laws to 8 (all passed in the last year!). And in California, voters in Oakland passed an expansive paid sick time ballot measure. We’re especially thrilled with the huge margins of support for each ballot initiative: approximately 60% of the vote in Massachusetts, 85% in Montclair, 75% in Trenton, and 81% in Oakland.
A Better Balance has provided legal research, bill drafting, and other technical support to all of these campaigns and can’t wait to build on the incredible momentum from these wins. But we couldn’t do it without such incredible supporters and campaign partners! For background and to learn more about these 4 paid sick time ballot initiatives, check out our recent blog post.
The Pregnancy Penalty: How Motherhood Drives Inequality & Poverty in New York City
In Case You Missed It
October was also an exciting and busy month for ABB’s efforts on behalf of pregnant workers.   The New York Times’ Rachel Swarns featured our client, Angelica Valencia, in “The Working Life Column,” which garnered over 800 reader comments and an offer from Angelica’s employer to reinstate her.  Our latest report—The Pregnancy Penalty: How Motherhood Drives Inequality and Poverty in New York City—was featured, along with ABB Co-President Dina Bakst and ABB Community Advocate Award recipient, Armanda Legros, on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC.  And our new website resource for pregnant and parenting workers was highlighted in the New York Times and Washington Post.  We’re thrilled to see the media focusing on this issue and expect the coverage to continue next month as the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Peggy Young v. UPS. Stay tuned!

a list of some bills Republicans filibustered to try and make Obama look bad

Here is a partial list of the bills
that the Republicans filibustered to try and make Obama look bad while hurting
Americans and the economic recovery of our country:

Correct me if this list is wrong

H.R. 12 – Paycheck Fairness Act

H.R. 448 — Elder Abuse Victims Act

H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act

H.R. 515 – Radioactive Import Deterrence Act

H.R. 549 — National Bombing Prevention Act

H.R. 577 – Vision Care for Kids Act

H.R. 626 – Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act

H.R. 1029 – Alien Smuggling and Terrorism Prevention Act

H.R. 1168 — Veterans Retraining Act

H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization

H.R. 1293 — Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant
Increase Act

H.R. 1429 — Stop AIDS in Prison Act

H.R.5281 — DREAM Act

S.3985 — Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act

S.3816 — Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act

S.3369 — A bill to provide for additional disclosure requirements for
corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities

S.2237 — Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act

S.2343 — Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act

S.1660 — American Jobs Act of 2011

S.3457 — Veterans Jobs Corps Act

S. 2569 — Bring Jobs Home


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Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Fixing Our Broken Immigratio​n System

Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

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 actions he’s taking within his executive authority to help fix our broken immigration system.

Find out how to watch President Obama’s address to the nation here.

Find out how to watch President Obama's address to the nation here.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, NV. January 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Electric Vehicles Help Drive Climate Action

Yesterday, more than 70 electric utility companies announced that they will devote a total of more than $50 million per year to purchasing plug-in electric vehicles. Dozens more businesses, government agencies, schools, and non-profits also committed to install workplace charging stations for their employees.


This Day in History: Seven Score and 11 Years Ago…

On November 19, 1863, speaking at the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln gave one of his most iconic speeches — the Gettysburg Address.


It’s On Us: Raising Awareness to Prevent Sexual Assault with Snapchat

To kick off the week, Snapchat and It’s On Us teamed up to help spread the word on college campuses around the country. Snapchat users on more than 40 campuses saw a special PSA from It’s On Us, which has been viewed more than 250,000 times in the app to date. Those students also have access to new geofilters, enabling them to share It’s On Us snaps with their friends.