By Felicia J. Persaud
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 6, 2015: There is nothing like the strength of a woman! If Maya Angelo was alive today, I have no doubt she would definitively dub Attorney General Loretta Lynch a ‘phenomenal woman.’
As the Republican hound fest convened to try to discredit Lynch through Eric Holder and President Obama, the former New York DA stood her ground and defended the office and especially the President’s executive immigration action.
Lynch showed courage under fire by staying true to the law and her principles, telling senators she believes President Barack Obama acted within his powers on deportation relief.
She told senators she had reviewed the Office of Legal Counsel’s report to the Department of Homeland Security from November that laid out the legality of Obama’s policies.
“I don’t see any reason to doubt the reasonableness of those views,” she told Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
Then came Senator Jeff Sessions, (R-Alabama), pressing Lynch for a yes or no answer on whether she thinks the President’s executive actions on immigration were legal and constitutional. He got one: “As I’ve read the opinion, I do believe it is, Senator,” she said.
Lynch is absolutely correct. Yet Republicans continue to use the President’s immigration action to push their scapegoating of immigrants agenda.
They continue insist their will hold funding for the Department of Homeland Security hostage to prevent the president’s executive actions on limiting deportations.
And they keep stepping further and further into it with bone headed John Boehner suggesting to his right wing anal caucus that he is preparing legislation that would authorize the House to pursue legal action against the administration over the immigration issue.
The GOP must remember its 2015 and quit fighting the battle over immigration with the President since it needs the immigrant vote if it stands any chance in 2016. The continued conservative anti-immigration rhetoric will cost the party dearly and fossilize its existence in Presidential elections going forth.
This is counter to the positions the so called GOP Presidential hopefuls are espousing. Here comes another flip flopper – Mike Hukabee AGAIN – this time saying hinting that the children of the Dreamers should be put on a path to citizenship. This is of course counter to what his conservative Republican peers in the House are trying to do.
Then there is Jeb Bush, who is has widely that we need to find “a path to legalized status for those who have come here and languished in the shadows.”
This is of course counter to what his conservative Republican peers in the House are trying to do.
It’s time maybe they listen to that phenomenal woman who will be the new Attorney General and quit wasting time. She knows the law, is bound to serve under the rule of law and the constitution and she says the President’s executive actions on immigration are legal and constitutional.
So let’s get it on already.
The writer is CMO of Hard Beat Communications, which owns the brands News Americas Now, CaribPR Wire and Invest Caribbean Now.