President Obama has thrown Republicans into a tizzy by having the Department of Homeland Security issue new guidelines, effective immediately, that put much of the defeated DREAM act into law.
Obama announced that the following persons would be granted deportation waivers: People who came to the U.S. under the age of 16, have been here five years and are here now, "are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States"; oh, and they also must not have a criminal record, unless it's a single "insignificant" misdemeanor.
WHAT A THREAT TO THE COUNTRY THESE PEOPLE ARE!!!
Why, they're getting educations, they've served in the military, they've stayed out of trouble, they had nothing to do with their parents' attempt to cross the border without documents!! We're doomed.
"Our nation's immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner," said Secretary pf Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. "But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here."
Republicans have mostly reacted by sputtering about Obama making an end run around Congress; we'll see what they come up with given more time.
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Until then, we can only hope our nation survives having these type of people in it.
Update: Governor Rick Perry's reaction:
The Obama Administration's election-year tactic to bypass Congress and arbitrarily grant amnesty to potentially millions of illegal immigrants is another example of its blatant disregard for our Constitution, our rule of law and our democratic process. The laws of this nation are not open to selective, convenient or political interpretation; they are the very foundation of our freedom, and the protections they guarantee make our nation strong and attractive to immigrants around the world - millions of whom abide by our laws and processes and seek legal entry. These are decisions that should be thoroughly debated within the halls of Congress.
This Administration has failed to provide a secure border, which is essential to national security, and is instead granting blanket amnesty to those who have broken our laws. Failed border security and immigration policies have created a magnet for those who came in the first place. It's clear President Obama prefers to upend the rule of law, picking winners and losers, rather than work with Congress and the American people on a sustainable, long-term solution.