Obama's Mini-DREAM Act: Who Wouldn't Want These People As Citizens?

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Supporters are happy today.
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.

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.

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Hpdbikesjoel
Hpdbikesjoel

"dumb ass cracker."  Not racial or hatred. Yeah. Right.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Oh. So if your parents had brought you into, say, Holland when you were two years old, and you grew up speaking Dutch and going to Dutch schools and living Dutch culture every day of your life, you would be fine with someone telling you "Sorry, this culture you've grown up in isn't yours after all because you weren't born here. Go back to your REAL home, a place where you don't speak the language, know the customs, or identify with the culture." That would be A-OK with you, I guess? Because, what, you'd somehow feel your American-ness way deep down in your bones, like magic?

Jetsonville
Jetsonville

 Silly Pamela....Even Newt supported this kind of common-sense legislation. As opposed to other Repubs who would round up millions of successful immigrants, including those who have become our neighbors and friends, and deport them en masse.

Dudley "Booger" Dawson
Dudley "Booger" Dawson

A technologically superior force took over a more primitive one.  It has happened throughout history and it will probably always be that way.  Just wait till the aliens arrive then we can all be together in one big intergalactic rowboat.

Dudley "Booger" Dawson
Dudley "Booger" Dawson

I come from the valley and the hispanics back home hate illegals more than most people.  I was suprised when I heard valley people call illegals wetbacks and bitching about them coming over all the time.  Oh yeah, just had to ask, are you a legalized citizen? 

Joe
Joe

You know for the people that think 800k out of 11 million is so bad than you have your Republicans to thank. This help students for just completing HS, the original DREAM Act went on and filtered even more, they needed at least 2 years of college in five years to qualify for permanent residence. But no the tea party thought hard working college graduates might hurt the nation, its a joke that the original DREAM Act wasnt passed if you ask someone with common sense.

Prof Topkat
Prof Topkat

 Hector, if you become successful in this country with an attitude like that, our country is in a pile of deep shit.

Khalil McMillan
Khalil McMillan

"...our country is in a pile of deep shit."  Thanks to rich/greedy White people, our country is in a pile of shit.

Prof Topkat
Prof Topkat

Personally, I have no quarrel with this policy shift.  I think it makes good sense! But I do have a quarrel with the timing.  Why now and not one year ago?  Why not two years ago? During the 2008 campaign, Obama promised to make immigration reform a “top priority” during his first year as president. So, with Congress at an impasse on immigration reform, why didn’t he do this in his first year as promised?  It’s obvious to me – there were no votes at stake during that time.   Why now?  Because the presidential election is only five months away and Obama is in full campaign mode.   And to the Latinos, he’s saying: Dama su voto! Give me your vote!   Anyone with half-a-brain should be able to see that Obama’s announcement is nothing more than a cheap-shot political ploy aimed at solidifying the Latino vote in favor of the Democrats.  In 2008, Obama received 67 percent of the Latino vote.  By his policy shift, Obama hopes not only to keep that solid majority, but to enlarge it.          

Maxatmic
Maxatmic

Oh, come on!  You may very well be the last reasonable Republican, and may have supported the DREAM Act.  Your party is now controlled by people that have the "patriotic" notion that it would be better to destroy our country than compromise with the rival party on anything.  Just look at the way John McCain had to run for re-election  (I used to admire his political courage.) Olympia Snow...   Richard Lugar...  even Jeb Bush doesn't have the stomach for it.    President Obama's biggest mistake....  not understanding that Mitch McConnell spoke the absolute truth about his legislative agenda.  To criticize him for not getting it done in the first two years is laughable.  And would you have honestly admired his courage on gay marriage, only if he had claimed it was a "religious" or "moral" right, and should be mandated by the federal government? For just a moment, compare his move on those issues to Governor Romney's complete reversal on positions that are not politically expedient outside of Massachusetts.  Defines cowardice.

PeachyT
PeachyT

"These types of people" are usually the ones that do the grunt work that natural born americans refuse to do in the hopes of aspiring their DREAMS. "These types of people", like myself, become attorneys, doctors, and engineers who provide a service to all americans. How doomed are we?

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