Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform
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 executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.
This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas — and that’s where he’ll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform.
The Senate passed a bipartisan bill more than 500 days ago, and while the country waits for House Republicans to vote, the President will act — like the Presidents before him — to fix our immigration system in the ways that he can.
Obama to Move on Immigration Even With Warning, Aide Says
Nov 7, 2014 9:12 AM PT By Mike Dorning and Angela Greiling Keane – bloomberg
President Barack Obama won’t scale back plans for unilateral action on immigration and will press forward with his agenda even as Republican leaders warned of a poisoned relationship, a top aide said today.
“We’re going to do what we think is best for the country,” senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters and editors at a Bloomberg breakfast in Washington. “If they have disagreements about the things we do, they have the capacity to legislate.”
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, have said Obama should delay executive action on immigration he promised by the end of the year to avoid antagonizing members of their party.
Obama may use his authority to protect millions more undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. from deportation. He already acted in 2012 to stop deportations of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Republicans have “a shot at” avoiding an executive action by passing immigration legislation before the end of the year in a lame-duck session, Pfeiffer said. If Congress passes a comprehensive immigration law the president is willing to sign, Obama will “tear up” his unilateral orders, he said.
The White House plans to advance its agenda on a separate track as Republicans take charge of both chambers in January, making full use of executive authority to push the president’s goals, Pfeiffer said.
The president will seek areas of agreement with congressional Republicans and use the president’s bully pulpit to prepare ground in public opinion for initiatives that a future Democratic president can enact, he said.
Many non-residents (illegal immigrants) DO pay U.S. Federal taxes
AnITIN, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, is a tax processing number only available for certain nonresident and resident aliens, their spouses, and dependents who cannot get a Social Security Number (SSN). It is a 9-digit number, beginning with the number “9″, formatted like an SSN (NNN-NN-NNNN).To obtain an ITIN, you must complete IRS Form W-7, IRS Application for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (PDF) . The Form W-7 requires documentation substantiating foreign/alien status and true identity for each individual. You may either mail the documentation, along with the Form W-7, to the address shown in the Form W-7 Instructions, present it at IRS walk-in offices, or process your application through an Acceptance Agentauthorized by the IRS. Form W-7(SP), Solicitud de Número de Identificación Personal del Contribuyente del Servicio de Impuestos Internos (PDF) is available for use by Spanish speakers.
Presidential Memorandum — Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees
President Obama established a White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to identify and support State and local efforts at integration that are working and to consider how to expand and replicate successful models. The Task Force, which will engage with community, business, and faith leaders, as well as State and local elected officials, will help determine additional steps the Federal Government can take to ensure its programs and policies are serving diverse communities that include new Americans.
Presidential Memorandum — Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century
President Obama ordered a modernization and streamling of the U.S. immigration system
Boehner Says Obama Immigration Action Will ‘Burn Himself’
Nov 6, 2014 11:36 AM PT By Kathleen Miller – bloomberg
President Barack Obama will “poison the well” if he changes U.S. immigration policy without waiting for Congress to act, said House Speaker John Boehner.
“He’s going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path,” Boehner told reporters at a news conference today in Washington. He spoke a day after Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican in line to be Senate majority leader, said executive action by Obama on immigration would be like “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”
Boehner’s party won at least 245 House of Representatives seats in the Nov. 4 election, giving Republicans their largest majority since World War II. The party gained at least seven Senate seats, more than enough to take control in January.
Obama yesterday repeated a promise to take action by the end of the year to halt deportations for some undocumented immigrants if Congress doesn’t move on rewriting U.S. law.
“What I’m not going to do is just wait,” the president said. He said Republicans who might be “angered or frustrated” are also “deeply opposed to immigration reform in any form.”
Boehner said that if Obama acts on his own, “he will poison the well and there will be no chance for immigration reform moving in this Congress.”
“When you play with matches, you run the risk of burning yourself,” the speaker said.
11/5/14 After President Obama repeated a promise to take action by the end of the year to halt deportations for some undocumented immigrants if Congress doesn’t move on rewriting U.S. law, House Speaker John Boehner said that President Barack Obama will “poison the well” if he changes U.S. immigration policy without waiting for Congress to act.
President Obama delivers remarks and signs the Executive Orders on Immigration Reform
Del Sol High School, Las Vegas, Nevada