Organizing for Action Tries to Generate Amnesty Support in Ohio

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Organizing for Action attempts a rally at the Ohio Statehouse, 08/30/2013

The Ohio arm of Organizing for Action (OFA) made a failed attempt to generate excitement for “comprehensive immigration reform” at an August 30 Statehouse rally. A “nonpartisan” rebranding of President Obama’s presidential campaigns, OFA is backed by former Obama staffers as well as a website and Twitter handle bearing the president’s name.

5 of the 6 rally attendees pose for pictures outside the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus
5 of the 6 rally attendees pose for pictures outside the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus

Seemingly unnoticed by the general public, the OFA rally was a call for amnesty for illegal aliens who entered – or claim to have entered – the country as children. Commonly referred to as “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors” (DREAM) Acts, similar measures have been championed by liberal legislators and activists for more than a decade.

Organized by OFA’s Kate Kight, the August 30 event was attended by 5 OFA interns participating in the organization’s “Summer Fellows” program. A press release indicated OFA Ohio is partnering with DREAMActivist Ohio, an illegal-immigrant advocacy group which has held a series of similar rallies making similar demands.

According to the OFA release, “comprehensive immigration reform” will “create jobs, grow our economy, strengthen our middle class, and reaffirm the American dream for this generation and generations to come.”

Despite advertising the event to local media and like-minded organizations, no local TV or newspaper reporters were present and the event was not monitored by local police for security or compliance purposes.

In addition to OFA’s extensive connections to President Obama, Kight’s mother is Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio.

Explained OFA Summer Fellow Eric Williamson, “What we are supporting is the students keeping their in-state tuition that the Ohio Board of Regents gave them, and not putting them on international, because students coming to Columbus State that are paying so little would end up paying an insurmountable amount that they probably couldn’t afford, especially if they’re already here with documentation.”

Williamson added that he supports recent measures which Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) asserts are necessary for the state to comply with President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, calling it “definitely not preferable,” but “a solution to keep our view that the DREAMers are not here by fault of their own.”

President Obama’s time in office has been marked by a broad refusal to enforce federal immigration laws, as well as multiple attempts to block states from enforcing federal law themselves.

DeWine has recently catered to demands from DREAMActivist Ohio and other amnesty advocates by declaring certain illegal immigrants eligible for Ohio driver’s licenses and discounted in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.