Last Friday was a controversial day for the Obama Administration. Just when everyone was daydreaming about cocktails that evening .. *BAM* .. he hit us across the head with new policy.
The Administration will stop deporting young people under 30 who were brought to this country illegally before age 16. Those persons will receive a two-year deferral on their planned deportation.
While explaining the move to reporters in the Rose Garden on Friday, that’s when Obama had to smoke The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro for interrupting him while he was speaking.
The move is quite similar to the failed DREAM Act proposal at the end of 2010. This would have created a path to citizenship for those in the same situation as long as they served in the U.S. military or completed two years of college.
Xenophobic legislators in Congress made sure the brown people didn’t win with that one.
Latino advocacy groups had been left out to dry since the DREAM Act’s defeat. The immigration debate raged on with little attention paid to those young people who may have been here illegally, but were fully contributing members of society. So, the president stepped in.
Please understand that this decision by the Obama Administration is NOT a new law. It’s simply an executive order to immigration officials not to deport people that meet certain criteria. When a new president is elected, they could easily reverse this policy on their first day in office.
So, President Obama is not “side-stepping” Congress as the pundits may think. Every president has power to do certain things at an executive level — like George W. Bush did in September 2001 when he blocked property and transactions with people who threaten or commit terrorism.
This is a step in the right direction for policy on illegal immigrants. The argument is absurd that every single person who is here without documentation is evil. We tell them to “apply for citizenship,” but then the government agencies create a mountain of red tape. It doesn’t quite make sense.
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