Earlier in the day, I started seeing some chisme going around that an announcement by the Obama Administration was forthcoming about an expansive executive order on immigration and deportation. By the time I got home, I found out that it was being announced by Fox News.
a source close to the White House told Fox News
The president’s plans were contained in a draft proposal from a U.S. government agency.
Well, that’s like hearing reasons why a campaign may have lost in 2014 based on information from fired consultants.
As reported by Fox, it’s pretty much what activists have been requesting from the President: Deferred deportation, expanding what is known as DACA to parents and family members. It also includes reforming Secure Communities so that it does what it is supposed to do–arrest and deport dangerous criminals; far from what it is doing now. The awkward one was raises for ICE officers for morale purposes.
I can’t say I’m holding my breath, given the source. Whomever leaked it, while the President isn’t even in the country, is showing some lax discipline, but being that it was given to Fox News, perhaps that person wants to kill it. Or worse, rile up the right-wing and then propose a lesser executive order.
Who knows? Too many people are thinking, now. Some are overexcited. I’m taking a wait and see approach.
Given that President Obama is still the truth-teller of the week when he told Face The Nation that “we’re deporting people who shouldn’t be deported,” I’ll wait for it to come from his lips with all the pomp and circumstance it deserves.
Update: The mainstream news channels are reporting that a “senior White House” person is denying the accuracy of the Fox news item.