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Pres. Obama’s immigration policy


By Misty - Posted on 19 August 2011

Source: Washington Monthy

The White House has repeatedly said it wanted to work with Congress on a more sensible and more humane immigration policy, but the requests haven’t gone anywhere. Yesterday, the Obama administration decided to act on its own:

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety. The new policy is expected to help thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as young children, graduated from high school and want to go on to college or serve in the armed forces.…

The element of discretion is key here – the administration can’t change the law unilaterally, but it can choose to prioritize among cases. As of yesterday, felons and security threats will be (and stay) at the top of the list, while young people who entered the country illegally with their families as children will not face deportation.

…. The New York Times, citing White House officials, also stressed that DREAM Act kids aren’t the only ones who stand to benefit: White House officials said the new policy could help illegal immigrants with family members in the United States. The White House is interpreting “family” to include partners of lesbian, gay and bisexual people….

…. It’s an overdue breakthrough and a very encouraging development. It doesn’t remove the need for legislation … but it does largely remove the threat of deportation for those without criminal records and who pose no security threat.

  This terrific news is most welcome.

 

I don't see how Republicans could disagree with putting felons and security threats at the top of the deportation list. But I'm sure they will.

Yeah, I already heard about a similar memo that went around a year or two ago. Anti-immigration folks get up in arms about this stuff and see it as being weak on lawbreakers. They've already accused Obama of unilaterally passing the DREAM act before.

It's not a question of concentrating on felons and security threats, it's about turning a blind eye to lawbreakers.

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