Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Andrew Becker: Former Obama Immigration Official Roxana Bacon Blasts White House

Andrew Becker: Former Obama Immigration Official Roxana Bacon Blasts White House

In a stinging rebuke of the White House, Washington politicians and federal agencies, a former Obama administration official slammed in a law journal the U.S. government for its inaction on immigration reform and tougher-than-ever enforcement.

With uncommon candor for a once-public official, Roxana Bacon, a former top counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, says that the administration -- and her erstwhile employer -- has shied away from vision and practical leadership on immigration, because of indifference and timidity, respectively.

In particular, the longtime immigration attorney criticizes the U.S. Senate for voting down a more narrow bill, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act, which would have paved a path toward citizenship for eligible undocumented young people.

"We need visionary thinking and incisive analysis grounded on economic truths to create the functioning immigration policy the nation needs," Bacon writes. "None of this is likely to come from this Congress, or from this Administration."

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