By Karen Ocamb | November 13, 2014
Advocates of immigration reform have been waiting and pushing for President Obama to fulfill a 2008 promise to “fix” our country’s broken system. Instead, Obama has become—as gay undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas calls him—the “deporter-in-chief,” with roughly 2 million people deported since he took office, approximately 1,000 people per day.
With Congress failing to take action, Obama threatened to sign an Executive Order but agreed to delay it until after the Nov. 5 elections at the behest of vulnerable Democrats. With Republicans soon to be in control of both the House and Senate, the GOP leadership has made it clear that if Obama signs the EO, it will refuse to work with him for the next two years. President Bill Clinton faced a similar situation in 1992 when he pledged to lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military—resulting in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” compromise and impacting how the LGBT community felt about Clinton for decades. Obama now faces that test, with the lives of more than 267,000 undocumented LGBT immigrants hanging in the balance.