Latino activists wasted no time making it clear that, with the midterm elections now past, they expect significant action on issues relating to immigration in the very near future. Stung by President Obama’s decision to delay any executive action on his part, various groups have come out demanding expansive measures particularly in the area of deportations.
“The midterms have come and gone, and the clock has started ticking on the 2016 race,” Janet Murguía, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, said. “I would say to the president, ‘act boldly to bring relief to families facing deportation’ … We’re headed into an election where our community will have the power to decide who will be the next president of the United States.”
In fact, by the next presidential election, 28 million Latinos will be eligible to vote which is 3 million more than the current level. It is expected that, over the next 14 years, eligible Latino voters will increase by about 900,000 per year. This rise will be due to the number of such voters reaching the voting age of 18.
Various groups do not believe the Republican majorities in each chamber of Congress will take action on any immigration issues except border security. “I don’t believe for a minute that Republicans are going to do anything,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, an immigration reform group. Accordingly Scarry feels it is incumbent on the President to take the broadest action he can take within the law. Sharry warns the President, though of the folly of doing too little, as he says, “the administration should be well aware that if it goes small (on immigration reform), it’s going to get as much grief from Republicans, but if it goes big, it will get more love from Democrats and Latino voters.”
As Latino voters showed up in a smaller proportion for Democratic candidates in this latest set of midterm elections, compared to the last three elections, leaders of these immigration activist groups expect action by the President so as not to reinforce a growing notion among Latino voters that the Democratic Party takes their support for granted.
The Shulman Law Group endeavors to ensure its clients be kept abreast of all significant developments relating to the process of immigration to the United States. Edward Shulman, Esq, founder of The Shulman Law Group, LLC is a national speaker for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILA is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, and to advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice. In the course of Mr. Shulman's involvement with AILA, he has been dedicated to educating other immigration attorneys about the import of helping intending immigrants to navigate a new cultural system. He meticulously follows all of the developments occurring in the battle over immigration reform so that he will be prepared to effectively assist his client’s residency if a new system is enacted.