House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) want President Barack Obama to give temporary amnesty to all of the country’s illegal immigrants.
In a joint op-ed in Spanish-language Univision, Pelosi, Gutierrez, and Rep. Zoe Logfren (D-CA) said that “there are dozens of reforms” that Obama can enact with executive actions, and expanding deferred action and “parole” authorities would have the greatest impact.
“President Obama could defer action against persons who would be covered by the Senate-passed bill that Republicans blocked,” they write. The Senate’s “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill they referenced provides a pathway to citizenship for all of the country’s illegal immigrants.
The Democrats note that Obama has “broad authority” to give temporary amnesty and work permits to “undocumented close family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or DACA beneficiaries.” They also want Obama to ensure that illegal immigrant “farmworkers who toil in our fields do so without fear.”
Obama, who promised to enact executive amnesty by the end of the year, will reportedly receive final recommendations on executive amnesty a week after the midterms. Gutierrez demanded “interest” in the form of a bigger and bolder executive amnesty after the White House asked him for “forbearance” when Obama missed his self-imposed “by the end of summer” deadline.