Obamas Immigration Reform: The Triumph of Executive Action
policy reform, executive action, immigration reform
In 2008, presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) made several promises to various groups of voters in order to attract their support and ensure that they would be motivated to come out to vote on Election Day. To Latino voters, a key promise was to pass comprehensive immigration reform (CIR).1 When he won the election-along with a Democratic Congress-expectations were high. However, Obama failed to get either chamber to pass a CIR bill, nor did his administration send a bill to Congress. Obama's first-term immigration failure exceeded that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who similarly promised CIR and was able at least to persuade the Senate to pass a bill during his second term.2
Original Publication Citation
Skrentny, John D. and Jane Lilly López. 2013. “Obama’s Immigration Reform: The Triumph of Executive Action.” Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equity 2(1): 62-79.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Skretny, John D. and Lopez, Jane, "Obamas Immigration Reform: The Triumph of Executive Action" (2013). All Faculty Publications. 2732.
Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equity
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