Stephen Lendman is a writer, syndicated columnist, activist, News TV personality, and radio show host. He currently writes for and and hosts, since 2007, a progressive radio show at The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network.

Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA, raised in a modest middle income family, attended public schools, received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960. After six years as a marketing research analyst, Lendman became part of a new small family business in 1967, remaining there until retiring in 1999.

Since then, he has devoted his time to progressive causes, extensive reading, and since summer 2005 writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues.

He is also author of the celebrated books "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity" and "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War".

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Obama’s Sham Immigration Reform

by Stephen Lendmanobama


Throughout his tenure, Obama waged war on immigrants. Mocking notions of welcoming tired, poor, wretched masses yearning to breathe free.

Immigration rights activists call him the “Deporter-in-Chief” for good reason. Enforcing white supremacist policies.

Poor, desperate arrivals aren’t welcome. People of color scorned. America never was beautiful. For sure not now.

Obama reflects the worst of rogue leadership. So-called immigration reform is more pretense than real.

He’s responsible for deporting more immigrants than all his predecessors combined.

On average over 1,000 a day. In total, over 2.2 million. With two years left in office, likely hundreds of thousands more before departing.

His legacy will be hard to top. Wanting tough congressional legislation enacted.

According to National Day Laborer Organizing Network executive director Pablo Alvarado:

“Unless (he) alters course, he risks cementing his legacy as having presided over the most anti-immigration administration in history.”

Rule by presidential executive order diktats alone raises questions. No constitutional authority specifically permits them.

Other than stating “executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America (Article 2, Section 1).”

Abused by bypassing Congress. “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives (Article 1, Section 1.).”

Constitutional checks and balances prevent empowering one governmental branch over another.

Diktat power borders on tyranny. Even though executive orders are legal. Not permanent. Future presidents can annul them with a stroke of a pen. Not how democracy is supposed to work.

In 2012, Obama exempted about one million undocumented immigrants arriving in America as children. So-called “DREAMers.”

Using prosecutorial discretion. Letting presidents decline them on a case-by-case basis. Abusing his power at times.

Latinos are longstanding prime targets. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm (ICE) scapegoats them for political advantage.

Dehumanizing them. Gestapo-like warrantless raids target them. Neighborhoods, workplaces, and other locations are raided.

Targeted with shotguns and automatic weapons. Done without just cause. Extrajudicially. Terrorizing families.

Immigrants pulled from their beds. Rousted from workplaces.
Confronted at gunpoint. Without explanation.

Mistakes are made. Wrong homes or workplaces are targeted.
Unapologetically. ICE agents permitted to terrorize. Freely. Unaccountably.

Brutalizing immigrants. Rounding them up. Holding them in dehumanizing detention.

Separated from family members. Criminalized. Treated like terrorist threats. Summarily deported. Given no right of appeal.

Independent studies show ICE agents operate with no legal authority. Arresting people randomly.

Conducting lawless searches and seizures. Making arrests based on ethnicity, race, appearance and English proficiency.

Neighborhoods targeted pre-dawn. Local police cooperate. Homes broken into lawlessly. Innocent victims harmed.

Family members terrorized. Imagine spouses and young children seeing a parent taken away in handcuffs. Unable to understand why.

Misconduct is rife. Rule of law principles don’t matter. Or democratic values. Or doing the right thing.

Raids occur nationwide. Virtually daily. Unannounced. Using excessive force. Constitutional protections don’t matter.

Police state lawlessness substitutes. Most immigrants transferred from local jails to ICE have no criminal records. Or traffic violations.

Obama bears full responsibility. Blaming Congress for his own duplicitous policy. Immigration reform activists want real change. Not sham pretense.

Not with Obama in Washington. Promising one thing. Doing  another. An earlier open letter said the following in part:

Congratulations, Mr. President. You’re the latest in a long line of lawless leaders. Achieving rogue status without really trying.

Contempt for rule of law principles, duplicity and moral cowardice define your administration. Pretense otherwise doesn’t wash.

Find Your Job at HireVeteran.comInstead of improving lives of ordinary Americans, you made things worse than ever.

Made America a gangster state. A pariah one and then some.  Presiding over a homeland police state apparatus.

Stealing public wealth. Handing it to Wall Street crooks and other corporate favorites. War profiteers gorge at the public trough.

Growing millions impoverished in the world’s richest country.  Its wealth disparity unprecedented.

Tens of millions of working age Americans unemployed. Most others underemployed. One missed paycheck away from homelessness, hunger and despair.

Essential needs ignored. Homelessness, hunger and human misery don’t matter.

Middle class society systematically destroyed. America on a fast track toward thirdworldization.

Heading toward full-blown tyranny. Promised hope and change is pure rubbish. Peace a convenient illusion. Direct and proxy wars rage in multiple theaters.

Promised US forces out of Afghanistan within 12 months in office a willful ruse.

Pledged Palestinian sovereignty free from occupation harshness a Big Lie. Decades without fundamental civil and human rights persist. Worse than ever currently.

Guantanamo closure once and for all. Within one year of taking office.

Promised accountability for Bush administration war criminals. Torture ending by decree.

Indefinite detentions no longer tolerated. Lawless military commission trials prohibited.

Labor rights supported. Public education better than ever. And you can keep your doctor, Obama said.

Guaranteed universal healthcare with a public option. More affordable than before, he claimed.

No more rule by diktat. Promised help for Americans facing home foreclosures.

Patriot Act provisions revisited. “(U)nconstitutional executive decisions during the past eight years…overturn(ed).”

All Americans served equitably, justly, fairly and honorably.

“It’s time to turn a page,” Obama said. “We’ll restore our values.” The “days of compromising them are over.”

We’ll “secure a more resilient homeland.” We’ll “adhere to the Geneva Conventions.”

Freedom is too precious to lose. Obama goes all-out to destroy it. At home and abroad.

Promised administration openness and transparency. Increased whistleblower protections to encourage exposing government wrongdoing.

Big Brother banished. “(N)o more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” Obama pledged.

No more “spy(ing) on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” No more privacy invasions.

No more human and civil rights violations. “No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient.”

No more extrajudicial operations. Or favoring monied interests over popular ones. No more wars for power and profit.

Or treating anyone less than equitably and justly than others. No more defending the indefensible.

Obama’s policies belie his rhetoric. Making America more unfit to live in than ever in modern times. Risking the unthinkable.

Possible global war. Against invented enemies. Independent governments. For unchallenged dominance.

Destroying humanity one plundered nation at a time. Genocide against unwanted people. “Useless eaters,” according to Henry Kissinger.

Turning America into a militarized armed camp. Destroying fundamental freedoms one police state law at a time.

Diktat power. Deciding who’ll live or die. Be free or locked indefinitely in America’s gulag. At home or abroad.

Undocumented immigrants in virtual concentration camps. On Thursday, Obama’s demagogic doublespeak drowned out truth.

Explaining his so-called immigration reform. Covering less than half the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants.

Others subject to lawless detention. Brutalizing treatment. Like criminals. Deportation with no right of appeal.

Immigrants qualifying for residency and work permits must have lived here for five years. Have US citizen or legal resident children.

Must register with ICE. Have no criminal record. Or minor misdemeanors too insignificant to matter. Pay back taxes owed if any.

Get no Obamacare subsidies, Medicaid, food stamps or other benefits afforded citizens and some legal residents. Farm workers entirely excluded.

Others qualifying can stay temporarily. Perhaps until a new president reverses Obama’s policy. Or dictates entirely new rules and regulations.

Unfairness and then some defines US immigration policy. The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) earlier called it “a brutal system of immigration control and policing that criminalizes immigration status, normalizes the forcible separation of families, destabilizes communities and workplaces, and fuels widespread civil rights violations.”

Abuses are rife. Criminalizing undocumented immigrants. Linking immigration policy to national security.

Based on racial, ethnic, nationality profiling. Militarizing border communities. Scapegoating immigrants unfairly.

Deporting record numbers. Separating family members. Institutionalizing brutal treatment. Denying immigrants international law guaranteed civil and human rights.

Substituting police state repression. Immigrants vulnerable to exploitation and ill-treatment. Unable to fight for their rights.

Making racial profiling and other discriminatory practices national policy. Studies show horrific ICE abuses.

Including warrantless searches. Indiscriminate arrests. Forced detentions. Separating family members. Husbands from wives. Children from parents.

Traumatizing them. Abusing women. Beating men. Destabilizing communities. Due process and judicial fairness pure fantasy.

Expropriating indigenous land. Building virtual and other border fences. Ill-spending hundreds of millions of dollars besieging affected communities.

Harming natural habitat and wildlife migration in the process. America treats aliens like criminals. Especially Latinos and Muslims.

Obama’s so-called immigration reform leaves longstanding injustices unchanged. Denying rights everyone deserves.

International law affirmed. Constitutionally protected under the Supremacy Clause. Making all treaties and conventions
Washington signs the supreme law of the land.

In name only. Emma Lazarus’ Lady Liberty words once had meaning. No longer in a nation hostile to its tired, poor, huddled masses.

Welcome sign don’t greet them. Scorn, abuse and exploitation substitute. Deportation. Discarded like yesterday’s garbage.

Unwanted for being the wrong color. From wrong parts of the world. Valued only for low-pay/no benefits hard labor others eschew.

Persecuted. Denied all rights. Underpaid. With few or no benefits. Hung out to dry when not wanted.

Longstanding US practice. Worse than ever under Obama.

Immigration policy by diktat ignores what’s most important to address. Equity and justice for all.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Visit his blog site. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.


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12 Responses to "Obama’s Sham Immigration Reform"

  1. bvitbvit  November 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I was going to lash out at Mr Lendman then occurred to me that he is right – there ARE two sets of rules in the Marxist handbook…one for Israel and one for everyone else.

  2. Chandler  November 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks Dan. Appreciate the response. You are right about the unemployed We will be strpped with taking care of. Our government officials are spineless on top of losing their common sense.

  3. Raven6  November 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

    mr. lendman — A cursory view of the results of the Spanish Was in 1939, the rather voluminous records of
    Communist intervention to gain the objectives you so whine about, is simply the diligent work of a Collaborator.
    Commission and omission dovetail in your work.

    The fact you can publish on a website, with such poor intellect, ( regardless of the Wallpaper ) is also
    bothersome in the leadership shown here. To this end I post my single eligible link to assist others in
    grasping the intentional parsing of material ( both mis-information & dis-information ).
    SEE http //
    lower case intentional

    • Raven6  November 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Dear Moderator—please, when you have completed your ( Orwell inspection ) please indicate the accuracy of the material. I sincerely appreciate your attention to accuracy in your editing, if only in the comments section.

      Pissed old analyst.

    • Chandler  November 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      i listened. i admire him. sorry for his passing. casey was so bothered she lost her mind. and the rest of us still send our children into these schools. i never have given to any of these foundations due to what my dad told me. people better awaken if it isn’t already too late. thanks. dont be pissed. waste of time. inform the ignorant masses. later

    • Raven6  November 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Godspeed Chandler, and I will read your work. Thank you for the confidence.

  4. Joanna Mccain  November 22, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Mr Lendman,
    Last time I checked, crossing a border without a visa to any country was illegal!!!!
    What have I missed in our legal system
    your argument?

    • Raven6  November 22, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Joanna— Omission as Mr. Lendman construes it requires no introduction. This sentence alone negates this article as a Collaborators.

      “Poor, desperate arrivals aren’t welcome. People of color scorned. America never was beautiful. For sure not now.”

      History is replete with the Communist, no borders ( For the United States ) work. The war with Franco in 1939, sent 200,000 plus hardcore Communists to Central and South America.
      Lendman is either one of two, ignorant or Communist- his writing points to the latter. His writing should not be so easily excused by VT if they really want to speak for veterans.
      Gordon and the gang need to meet with Sheryll Attkisson (sp. ) or Diana West more often. Shallow historical renditions are worse than none at all. Here is a slightly longer view of history, in the com miters words. The real crimes against Humanity, unabridged, un-collaborated, naked for all to see.

      SEE http //

      Another work would be what the United Nations, and evidently editors here would not like you to know about the United Nations.

      Gordon, and staff, could you consider this an editorial board permission request to post vetted material from the” dissenting book club”? The post about the UN is accurate, and necessary.

  5. Chandler  November 22, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Well, frankly, the majority of legal citizens in these United States of America are tired, poor and hungry, and cannot afford many more illegal leeching-non-taxpaying nomads crossing borders and applying for undeserved government subsidies. This president is the biggest shyster to ever sit in OUR oval office.
    A hypocrite and traitor, in my opinion, he has done much behind the scene to undermine the United States constitution. We the People… are not knowingly and intentionally taking part in corporate America. We are being hoodwinked, and sold out by those we blindly trust to conduct the country’s business for the benefit of the best interest and our future. As with the last four presidents, that has not been done for many years. America is dying at the hands of those trusted to preserve, protect and defend it. They all are traitors to this nation. To paraphrase a recent charlatan on the oval office, “You are either with the U.S. or you are against it.” Thanks to the author. Good article.

    • Raven6  November 22, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Very well stated. What is as well frustrating is the lack of historical perspective in so many articles here.
      Printed historical material from the beginning of the Stalins killing fields, in Communist Party USA literature notes the intention to destroy our country from the borders inward.

      There is a video, that you might find interesting. An interview with Norman Dodd, just before he died, concerning an event, that linked with other events in 1913-1918, will connect the dots.
      Google or Bing “Norman Dodd video”, look for the 52.25 minute version, and the second portion will
      remove any doubts about the manipulation of our society. The individual who was director of the Carnegie Foundation, Alger Hiss, later wrote the Constructional operating papers for the United nations. He was a Communist Operative. What we have is “Change within the Form”

    • Chandler  November 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      thank you. I will follow up.

    • Dan  November 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Very good rebuttal, Chandler. I’d add that open borders has been a follow up to the enslavement of American labor and willful destruction of out cities that took place during and after WW2, thoroughly documented in Michael Jones Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal as Ethnic Cleansing. Of course one result of amnesty will be unemployed citizens never finding work for the rest of their lives, so it’s more than strange that a leftist site, supposedly so pro labor would so enthusiastically support open borders. It’s also a historical fact that the Left always was and remains today a political adjunct of that inter-generational banking cabal, like, for example, Soros being the hidden hand behind OWS.

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