President Obama is taking his cynical game of pretending to support immigration reform while continuing to deport more than 1,000 people a day to a new level. On March 26, he issued a statement saying that he "applauds" the efforts of House Democrats to force a vote on immigration reform through a discharge petition - which has almost no chance of success.

See Seung Min Kim's article in POLITICO: Obama endorses House Dem immigration push (March 26).

As Kim writes in her article:

"And some [pro-reform] activists were highly critical of the discharge petition, calling it nothing more than a political stunt."

She also writes:

"'House Democrats should focus on pressuring the White House to halt deportations and provide administrative relief for our families," said Cristina Jimenez, the managing director of United We Dream, a nationwide coalition of immigrant youth. 'They cannot simply seek political cover by gathering meaningless political signatures while standing on the sidelines and refusing to take action to ease the suffering in our communities.'"

Obama's hypocritical policy of talking a good game on immigration reform, while letting either his inner Tea Party sympathies or his cowardice in refusing to take on the Tea Party anti-immigrant bigots directly determine what he actually does about deportation, also makes no sense for the Democrats politically.

If the president continues to "stand on the sidelines" while more than two million minority men women and children are deported by his administration in only five years, no one should be surprised if Latino, Asian and other minority voters, as well as millions of pro-immigrant white voters of good will, also stand on the sidelines in this fall's election, thereby assuring a Republican Senate, Republican gains in the House, and an irrelevant presidency during the following two years which could well be a prelude to a Republican takeover of the White House in 2016.

Based on past GOP performance, Republican control of Congress and the White House would in all probability put an end to any chance of immigration reform for a decade - or a generation.

It would also in all likelihood lead to attempts to turn the clock back on immigration - even more deportations, efforts to nullify the 14th Amendment's guarantee of birthright US citizenship, criminalizing the entire immigration system, and giving bigoted state and local officials even greater immigration enforcement powers than the ones which the Supreme Court took away in Arizona v. US in 2012 - all in the interests of maintaining a white supremacist America.

Cristina Jimenez, who is quoted above, is unlikely to be the only pro-reform advocate who will be asking in the coming months whether the House Democrats should be putting more pressure on Obama to use his administrative power over immigration enforcement, which the federal courts have long recognized, to scale back or halt the deportations until the Republicans finally agree to pass immigration reform.

That might actually produce some results in persuading America's Deporter-in-Chief to change direction. In contrast, empty political grandstanding with a discharge petition that has no real expectation of being approved may make good headlines, but it is unlikely to accomplish anything.

Roger Algase is a New York lawyer and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School who has been practicing business immigration law for more than 30 years. His practice includes H-1B and O-1 work visas, and green cards though PERM labor certification, EB-1 extraordinary ability and opposite sex or same sex marriage, as well other immigration and citizenship cases. His email address is