By Hector Barajas
Today’s headlines tout Democratic legislator’s stated goals of protecting undocumented immigrants by “urging President-elect Donald Trump to refrain from pursuing mass deportations and introducing urgent legislation to fund immigration lawyers and help public defenders protect the state's immigrants.” In their excitement to reiterate the Democrat’s words, California reporters forgot to ask one VERY important question: Where were all of you when President Barack Obama was deporting three million immigrants?
I cannot recall a set of resolutions denouncing Obama as he implemented the largest roundup and deportation of undocumented immigrants in recent history.
Where was the resolution to denounce the Obama Administration for its failure to pass immigration reform in the first 100 days, as promised on the 2008 campaign trail? Democrats had the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives and could have easily passed reforms. What about 2012, when President Obama was running for re-election? There wasn’t a single call for a resolution to denounce his actions from the California Democrats.
Let us be the first to suggest that these concerned politicians and immigration activists reconsider their approach. There is still time for them to pass a resolution condemning the actions of President Obama for just putting forth executive orders, knowing full well they were temporary and would end with his presidency.
President Obama’s temporary patches will impact millions of families for the rest of their lives; this was political expediency at its worst. As a Presidential candidate, Obama promised the immigrant community comprehensive immigration reform. He failed to deliver and, as a result, failed to protect millions of vulnerable families.
The Democrat-led California Legislature will not pass a resolution against President Obama’s very real acts of deportation. Instead, they will remain silent about the Obama Administration and continue to fear-monger and further create divisions among Californians.
In the end, the three million people deported under President Obama do not matter to Democratic California lawmakers, because they share two things with him: a D by their name, and a partisan viewpoint that’s blind to their own party’s elitist shortcomings.
Hector Barajas is a partner at Merino, Barajas & Allen and an on-air analyst for Univision and Telemundo. The Hearst Corporation recognized Hector as one of the top national Latino Political Stars and Campaigns and Elections magazine named him one of the top 50 influencers in the United States.