American Proscenium

The Obamnesty

Shortly after Barack Obama’s inauguration, rumors began spreading in the immigration-restrictionist movement that the President would attempt to accomplish the “comprehensive immigration reform” that Congress had denied his predecessor by imposing it on the country through executive order.  Now he has used his claimed executive powers to announce a partial amnesty for young illegal immigrants by implementing many of the provisions of the so-called Dream Act that has been defeated repeatedly in Congress in recent years.  Obamnesty permits the children of illegal immigrants between the ages of 16 and 29 who have lived in the United States for five years; have no criminal record; and are at present in school, have graduated from high school, or are military veterans in good standing with society to remain in the United States without threat of deportation, apply for work permits, and receive driver’s licenses and other documents after declaring themselves to the authorities, though without being granted permanent legal status as the Dream Act would do.  This “temporary stopgap measure,” as the President described it, would “lift the shadow of deportation from these [estimated 800,000] young people,” while making immigration policy “more fair, more efficient and more just.”  “They are Americans in their heart, in their minds,...

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