Shift in Immigration Politics?

It didn’t get as much attention as it might have merited, but on Tuesday night Janet Murguia, the president of the Council of La Raza, one of the country’s major Hispanic advocacy groups, called Barack Obama “deporter-in-chief” and demanded that he suspend deportations of undocumented people.

At The Hill, Fernando Espuelas argues that the organization, despairing of congressional action on immigration reform, is making a big strategic error by training its guns on Obama and asking him to do something he may not have the legal authority (much less the political capital) to do. Whether that is an accurate assessment or not, Murguia’s shift in tactics was certainly welcome to Republicans who thereby escape the concentrated fire of immigration-reform advocates, and for dessert, get to claim Obama is considering an illegal exercise of executive authority.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.