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A Primer On President Obama’s Sensible New Immigration Policy For ‘Dreamers’

Samantha 2012/06/19 16:07:05

President Obama took a bold step this past Friday when he announced that his Administration would no longer seek to deport “Dreamers” – young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children by their parents, have been in the US for at least five years, and are law-abiding and willing to attend college or serve in the military. The decision has triggered wholly predictable outrage from nativist conservatives, combined with a politically motivated effort by a handful of Republicans to suggest that President Obama’s action would somehow prevent Congress from addressing this issue. The reality is that President Obama’s decision was the right one and that Republicans have stopped Congress from helping Dreamers for years.

President Obama’s new immigration policy will lift the threat of deportation from nearly one million Dreamers and is an important step towards making our immigration system fairer, more efficient, and more just. Therefore, it is critical that we all express our support for this step, and share the word about what the new policy is and why it is the right one. Here are some of the details.

The new Dreamers policy is set forth in a memorandum from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that calls on immigration officials to use their prosecutorial discretion and not spend limited resources attempting to deport individuals who:

came to the United States under the age of sixteen;

have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;

are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;

have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and

are not above the age of thirty.

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  • OhPuhleze 2012/06/19 21:45:26
    OhPuhleze
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    I wonder how Obama knows (and can guarantee) how many of the dreams are not convicted felons, drug dealers, arsonists, rapists, thieves or simply an unproductive good for nothing. Oh yeah, in "Dreamy World" everyone is pure as the driven snow. Ok, back in reality at least he'll be closer to the illegal votes he wants to win.

    Anybody really believe it isn't a desperate grab for illegal votes? I mean he can count on the dead but if the illegal aliens aren't around they can't vote.

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  • JanHopkins 2012/06/20 05:54:50
    JanHopkins
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    Hmmm. How many American citizens are out of work? Can our own kids find jobs?
  • Samantha JanHopkins 2012/06/20 15:46:06
    Samantha
    Ask the greedy corporate elites that are sitting on billions of dollars in profits and tax subsidies why they aren't hiring American workers?
  • JanHopkins Samantha 2012/06/21 04:17:17
    JanHopkins
    They are sitting on the billions they made overseas. That is another can of worms entirely. Deflecting the question does not solve the problem.
  • OhPuhleze 2012/06/19 21:45:26
    OhPuhleze
    +3
    I wonder how Obama knows (and can guarantee) how many of the dreams are not convicted felons, drug dealers, arsonists, rapists, thieves or simply an unproductive good for nothing. Oh yeah, in "Dreamy World" everyone is pure as the driven snow. Ok, back in reality at least he'll be closer to the illegal votes he wants to win.

    Anybody really believe it isn't a desperate grab for illegal votes? I mean he can count on the dead but if the illegal aliens aren't around they can't vote.
  • Samantha OhPuhleze 2012/06/20 15:45:20
    Samantha
    Criminal records can be easily checked.
  • OhPuhleze Samantha 2012/06/21 03:28:47 (edited)
    OhPuhleze
    Right, except they have no idea how many people they are talking about, no idea where they came from, who they are or where they are. We're talking about people who walked across the border without asking and not people who asked permission. What's more, the current administration isn't asking these questions and is actively preventing others from doing so.

    This is about buying votes with favors. Favors that are in violation of existing Federal immigration law. You know, the Federal law that the Administration complains it's THEIR duty to enforce and NOT Arizona's. Oddly enough they don't really want to enforce the law they swore to uphold.

    Obviously Obama and Democrats in general have no respect for the rule of law or they would enforce it. The rule of law applies only to Republicans not that I care much for them either.
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/06/19 17:01:21
  • superangrymonkey 2012/06/19 16:15:20
    superangrymonkey
    I'm so tired of the illegal immigration issue -_-
  • Samantha superan... 2012/06/19 17:01:10
    Samantha
    I doubt it's going away as a political issue although I agree there are other important issues as well.

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