Memo Reveals Obama's New Immigration Agenda

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Though the most recent election drove home the point that people aren’t happy with Democratic leadership, President Obama is still making bold moves. 

Today, President Obama will be addressing the nation on his burgeoning immigration policies. Following the influx of undocumented women and children over the past year, many courts and social services that deal with undocumented immigrants have become overburdened. It’s become increasingly apparent that action must be taken to deal with the shifting landscape of domestic policy.

In a memo sent to Democratic Congressional offices and shared by BuzzFeed, The White House outlined their talking points for the impending executive order on immigration reform. 

“The actions the President will take this week are about securing the border, holding undocumented immigrants accountable and ensuring everyone plays by the same rules,” the memo read in part. “… The executive actions crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes.”

The memo went on to address the issue of amnesty for undocumented immigrants: “Taxes and background checks aren’t amnesty. That’s accountability. Doing nothing that’s amnesty.

We need to focus on deporting felons, not families; criminals, not children.”

The White House acknowledged the need for bipartisan cooperation after the executive order is implemented: “Every President for more than half a century, both Democrats and Republicans, has taken executive action on immigration.The President’s actions are temporary. House Republicans need to do their job and pass the bipartisan Senate bill to provide a permanent fix.” 

The memo concluded: “Republicans are blocking funding to conduct millions of background checks. Another Republican Shutdown, but this time over collecting taxes from undocumented immigrants.”

President Obama’s speech will not be aired by all major networks, but it will air at 8 p.m. EST. 

Sources:  BuzzFeed, CNN / Image via CNN