Yeah, it’s been a while since I did something like this, I know. Sorry for the wait and all, it’s just been exceptionally busy lately, and I’ll be away all of next week too. Anyway, enough with futile apologies, today’s article spiked my interest quite a bit. It’s always seemed a tad unfair to illegal immigrants when they get deported, even after living law-abiding lives all the time they’ve been in the states. Yeah, I guess the whole point is that they illegally immigrated, but you never know. Some might’ve had good reason to do so, though some people would argue that sticking to morals and law is more important that anything. What do I know though, I’m only 15 myself, and this sort of area is definitely not my best forté, so I’ll leave you lovely readers to decide what should be done, and whether this is a right or wrong move. You never know…I might even get a few comments!
U.S. Will Give Immunity to Some Young Illegal Migrants
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: June 15, 2012 at 9:36 AM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.
The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was to announce the new policy Friday, one week before President Barack Obama plans to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials‘ annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak to the group on Thursday.
Obama planned to discuss the new policy Friday afternoon from the White House Rose Garden.
Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed. The officials who described the plan spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss it in advance of the official announcement.
The policy will not lead toward citizenship but will remove the threat of deportation and grant the ability to work legally, leaving eligible immigrants able to remain in the United States for extended periods. It tracks closely to a proposal offered by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida as an alternative to the DREAM Act.
“Many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways,” Napolitano wrote in a memorandum describing the administration’s action. “Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”
The extraordinary move comes in an election year in which the Hispanic vote could be critical in swing states like Colorado, Nevada and Florida. While Obama enjoys support from a majority of Hispanic voters, Latino enthusiasm for the president has been tempered by the slow economic recovery, his inability to win congressional support for a broad overhaul of immigration laws and by his administration’s aggressive deportation policy. Activists opposing his deportation policies last week mounted a hunger strike at an Obama campaign office in Denver, and other protests were planned for this weekend…
As you can probably tell, this is still only a small portion of the full article. If you want to carry on reading from where you’ve left off, look no further than here: NY Times – U.S. Will Give Immunity to Some Young Illegal Migrants.
I should be posting later on with maybe a personal post or photo of the day…but don’t be watching those inboxes too much, or there’ll be another ‘Great Disappointment’ if I fail to find the time.