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“A Huge Step Forward”

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There is no definitive estimate of how many immigrants who entered this country as small children will be affected by President Barack Obama’s declaration Friday nor is there a way to know how many young people living in Queens will benefit from the two-year ban on deportations.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the executive order is part of a general shift by the Obama administration to focus on deporting high-priority undocumented immigrants.

She told the Associated Press, “This grant of deferred action is not immunity. It is not amnesty. It is an exercise of discretion so that these young people are not in the removal system.”

In the Rose Garden, Obama noted that children of illegal immigrants “study in our schools, play in our neighborhoods, befriend our kids, pledge allegiance to our flag. It makes no sense to expel talented young people who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans.”

In the words of Roberto Gonzalez, a leading expert on immigration issues at the University of Chicago, this is “a huge step forward.”

The policy falls short of the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, a piece of legislation currently stalled in Congress.

The change designated by the president will apply to those who arrived in the country before turning 16, who have been in the country for at least five years and are under the age of 30.

In terms of his campaign for re-election, this announcement will be a wash. The Latinos who immediately cheered the decision were most likely going to vote for Obama anyway. The Tea Party and others on the far right who blame illegal immigration for all of the country’s problems were not going to vote for Obama anyway.

What this will do is remove the threat of deportation for hundreds of thousands of young people who entered this country as children with their parents. It will make it easier for them to go to college and qualify for two-year work permits.

This move will allow these immigrants to live without fear. Critics say it’s an “end run” around Congress. Perhaps, but it is also a legal step taken that is consistent with the spirit of this nation.

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hacimo from brooklin says:
The parents of these "dream" act children are SCUM. They have deliberately broken the law and smuggled their little darlings into our country in order to game the system and avail themselves of an expensive american public school education. They also plot to take unearned advantage of all the other possibilities offered by this country to its lawful citizens. The children themselves are too young to be held legally culpable for these acts. On the other hand, neither are these children entitled to any special status or reward. Thus they should not be forced to pay compensation for the tax payer money wasted on their education. However, as far as gaining legal residence in the united states is concerned; they should be treated exactly like other young people who wish to immigrate to the USA. If they want to live here legally they should therefore go home and apply for a visa just like everyone else. Being required to start the immigration process from the same circumstances as millions of other children in their homelands cannot be regarded as a "punishment". It is simply equal treatment under the law and it does not reward criminal acts. Instead of following the law, Obama has given these "dream act" children a special reward by executive order. He has allowed the parents to play us for suckers. As a result of his action our own children will face increased competition for scarce jobs and educational opportunities. The unemployment rate of the whole country is instantly increased from 8.2% to 8.7% by addition of 800,000 new job seekers. He has sent a message to every poor family in Mexico and Latin America that their children can become US citizens if they can be smuggled over the borders before they reach age 16. His acts will increase the rate of child trafficking. This whole thing ids insanity. Why do the american people tolerate it. Are we just stupid? Do we hate our country and our culture so much that we will give it all away to foreigners?
June 23, 2012, 5:51 am
Lou from Bayside says:
48000 americans murdered by illegal aliens. Millions of people out of work.Obama is a stooge of his handlers in the Council of Foreign relations and the Bilderberg Group. These groups believe in the formation of a "North American Union" which is a combining of the US Canada and Mexico. The goal is to bring our standard of living down to the standard of living in Mexico. Google, Bilderberg Group, Rex 84 for starters to see what these globalists fiends have in store for you!
June 23, 2012, 7:49 pm

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