Reports that President Obama will use his pen and his phone to unilaterally amnesty millions of illegal aliens have launched efforts by interest groups trying to make sure they get their piece of the caesarist pie.
Last week, it was gays:
Gay immigrants are mounting a campaign to demand that they be included in any unilateral moves President Obama makes this year to halt deportations, arguing that they face unusual circumstances that otherwise might leave them on the outside. . . .
But the 2012 policy for dreamers excludes immigrants with major criminal records, and gay rights activists fear if Mr. Obama keeps those restrictions in place, it would end up excluding many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community who, because of their lifestyles, end up with higher rates of criminal records, Mr. Gutierrez said.
Meanwhile, limiting any policy only to parents could exclude most gay illegal immigrants, whom activists estimate could total more than 250,000. . . .
Mr. Gutierrez said that criminal bar has prevented some dreamers from applying for the 2012 deferred action program. He said transgender immigrants in particular often end up “forced to do sex work,” which leaves them afoul of the law.
“Coming from a community that is already marginalized within the immigration community, we hope there’s no line drawn when it comes to criminalization,” he said. “Every case is different from the next case.”
Today, Politico reports that “White House meets with big biz on immigration“:
Earlier this month, senior aides from the White House counsel’s office, office of public engagement and the office of science and technology policy, among others, huddled with more than a dozen business groups and company officials to discuss potential immigration policy changes they could make. . . .
Representatives from Oracle, Cisco, Fwd.US, Microsoft, Accenture, Compete America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were among those present at a wide-ranging Aug. 1 session that went through a list of asks for the tech sector that would involve rulemaking. Executive orders were not specifically discussed in that meeting, according to one source familiar with the session.
And it wasn’t just tech firms seeking goodies:
Agriculture industry representatives have also been included in the meetings, discussing tweaks in the existing agriculture worker program.
The administration is also considering provisions for low-skilled workers for industries, like construction, that would allow individuals with temporary work authorization to gain work permits.
(That last part must have gotten garbled between the White House leaker and the reporter, since “work authorization” and “work permits” are the same thing.)
In this case, the appeal is mutual; corporate interests want to make sure they’re not left out of the fun, while the While House is seeking political cover for its leap into the anti-democratic dark:
With Republicans poised to attack any action Obama takes on immigration reform without Congress, aides are looking for business executives who could act as validators to push back against criticism.
But despite the earlier reference to the construction industry, not everyone has been invited to the party:
Some industries, like construction, have been largely been left out of any of the discussions.
Tamar Jacoby of Immigration Works USA, whose members include many builders and contractors, said that leaving out low-skilled worker provisions would be a mistake.
Yeah, God forbid anyone gets left out of the president’s unconstitutional power grab.