On this date three years ago, President Obama held a meeting in the White House’s Roosevelt Room with celebrities from the Hispanic community to discuss “comprehensive immigration reform.” Notable attendees included actresses Eva Longoria and America Ferrera, television hosts Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo (the brother of pro-amnesty U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)) and Maria Elena Salinas of Univision, Emilio Estefan (husband to singer Gloria Estefan), and Voto Latino Executive Director Maria Teresa Kumar. Senior White House aides Valerie Jarrett and David Plouffe also attended the meeting. Both the celebrity attendees and the White House confirmed that the meeting primarily focused on passing a DREAM Act. Just over a year later in June 2012, President Obama announced his own executive DREAM Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Now, true to form, the Obama Administration is continuing to meet with pro-amnesty stakeholders only to discuss an even broader amnesty. Just last week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met with several “stakeholders” on the issue of immigration, yet only pro-amnesty voices were at the meeting. Those in attendance included FWD.us Executive Director, Todd Schulte; Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration, & Employee Benefits at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Randy Johnson; and National Immigration Forum Executive Director, Ali Noorani.
FAIR’s President, Dan Stein, blasted the move as political theater. “The most important stakeholders in U.S. immigration policy are the American people, not the people who break our laws, and not the business interests that want greater access to low-wage foreign labor,” he declared. “Yet, for the past five and half years, the Obama administration has consistently refused to acknowledge the interests of struggling American workers and taxpayers who are adversely affected by excessive levels of immigration and lax enforcement.”