President’s executive immigration order could impact people in Indiana

November 20,2014 | Fox59 | link to Article

President Obama will announce his plans for an executive order on immigration Thursday night, providing details of the plan in a primetime speech.

The President’s plan is designed to protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation, and provide them with work permits, but many Republicans are not happy that the President is bypassing congress.

In a written statement, Indiana senator Dan Coats (R-IN) said:

“President Obama’s role is to faithfully execute the law, not alter or ignore it as he sees fit. If the president changes existing immigration law via executive order, he will exceed his Constitutional authority and ignore the wishes of the American people. Taking this action would be a disservice to everyone who followed the law to legally immigrate to the United States. I am working with my colleagues to explore all options – legislative and legal – to stop the president’s blatant disregard for our nation’s system of checks and balances.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) also issued a statement, expressing his desire that the President not act unilaterally:

“It is clear the immigration system in this country is broken, and only Congress has the ability to change the law to fix it. The Senate passed bipartisan immigration reform last summer with my support, though we are still waiting on the House to debate this issue. I am as frustrated as anyone that Congress is not doing its job, but the President shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own.”

When the President speaks tonight, Brenda Martinez says she will be listening.

“It’s really hard to be part of America but not be part of it,” said Martinez.

Brenda came here to Indy with her family when she was just six years old, and she’s hoping to one day become a citizen.

“We have a number of families that are involved in the immigration process at different levels so this could immediately affect a number of families and give them some greatly needed relief in their concerns of being deported or having action taken against their families,” said Father Chris Wadelton of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church on Indy’s east side. “People want to react negatively when there’s a lawbreaker so when people are labeled as illegal they should pay the consequences as the law states. Our position is that these laws are immoral and that the laws need to be changed.”

“I know many people that go out only when it’s necessary because they’re scared of the police and getting deported stuff like that and I feel like people shouldn’t have to go through that here in America,” said Martinez. “I’ve made this my home, and this is where I want to stay.”