Letís be clear. We will never stop advocating for commonsense immigration reform that provides permanent solutions. But at this time, it is also evident that the current Congress lacks the leadership to do what is best for our country.
The time for political patience is over. Obama should recognize what many of us have long seen: that Republican leadership will continue its myopic strategy to stall on immigration reform, placating its anti-immigrant wing while leaving Latinos, Asian Americans, Africans, Caribbeans, and voters with precious little reason to support the GOP in the decades to come.
During his State of the Union this year, Obama stated that America didnít stand still, and neither would he, promising to take whatever steps he could to ďexpand opportunities for American families.Ē He has made good on that promise on non-immigration issues.
Aspiring American families need the President to take that step for them now. The President should not keep waiting on the sidelines of history. The time for leadership and courage on immigration reform is now.
Marielena Hincapiť is the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.