Sensible Immigration Policy for Asterisked Americans
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
June 15, 2012 10:53 AM | 1575 views | 9 9 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Time magazine's June 25 cover is sure to grab D.A. King's attention along with the immigration news out of the White House today.

The cover features dozens of Hispanic and Latino young people under the bold title We Are Americans under which is asterisked *Just Not Legally. These folks didn't choose to break our laws and come here illegally.

They were brought to America as children by their parents from Mexico, Central America, Asia and elsewhere. They've lived here a long time. Like the hundreds of millions of other immigrants who came to the U.S., legally or illegally, they've become Americans. Today the Obama administration recognized this reality and the problems presented by deporting such people. It will begin issuing work permits to younger undocumented immigrants provided they've led law abiding lives. Up to 800,000 immigrants could be affected by the decision.

It's a policy that creates a humanitarian solution to a nagging aspect of the the illegal immigration problem. It also bypasses the GOP-led do-nothing House of Representatives, which you can expect to go into full howl along with Mr. King and his crowd.

As with so many other crucial matters - jobs, for example - Speaker John Boehner's House has failed to address the immigration issue. Obama's decision, which will likely be hailed when he addresses the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials at their convention this weekend, is a step toward creating a path toward citizenship.

Obama didn't need to do this. He's already got the overwhelming support of Hispanic and Latino voters. But the new policy does set up his 2012 presidential opponent, Mitt Romney, who's already on the record as a supporter of Arizona SB 1070-type laws and has said he would veto the DREAM act.

I predict here and now Romney will - hold on to your hats - reverse himself on the immigration stand he took during the primary when he speaks to the NALEAO Sunday.
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Lib in Cobb
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June 19, 2012
Doubting: No, I would not deport/prosecute the parents. We as a nation should be better than that. This country was built on the backs of the immigrants, mine and yours. My early ancestors came to this country long before any immigration policies. They came here because they were looking for a better life, the very same reasons why today's immigrants come here. The immigration process needs to be changed and streamlined, the people who are commonly referred to as "illegals" are economic refugees looking for a better life for themselves and their children.
Doubting Thomas
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June 18, 2012
Are you who are in support of the President's decree willing to send the parents of these young illegals back to their home countries? Will you prosecute those that were of age and knew exactly how illegal their acts were to be deported while allowing their "innocent" children to stay?
Lib in Cobb
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June 18, 2012
Kevin: Are you being a little unfair asking a question like that? I will venture a guess that Adams will have no logical idea.
Kevin Foley
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June 17, 2012
Mr. Adams - I'm just curious. What is your proposed solution to the immigration problem? You seem to have a special sensitivity to the issue so you must have some idea about what America should do. Please don't say "secure the borders." I'm talking about what you would like to see done about the 11-12 million undocumented workers already here.
Lib in Cobb
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June 17, 2012
Devlin: The very fact that the OK and Atlanta bombers being self professed christians is very relevant. No one was calling for all christian white anti abortionists citizen bombers to be arrested or deported. Many citizens of the US are calling for the deportation of all undocumented immigrants because a few have committed crimes.

The young people who will be impacted by this policy change are criminals by your standards, even though they did nothing more that follow their parents.
frogbreath
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June 16, 2012
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it must be Foley.
Devlin Adams
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June 15, 2012
To Lib in Cobb. There are numerous flaws in your logic. First, the fact that these people professed Christianity is not remotely germane.

But the bigest flaw is that neither of them was here illegally,as the illegal aliens are.

Go downt ot he unemployment office on Monday and asl the people standing in line how they feel about having 8/10 of a million people legalized to seek the jobs our citizens need.

Tape record their responses, then get back with me.
Lib in Cobb
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June 15, 2012
This is a policy that will have a very positive impact on thousands of people. I hope those who are helped by this plan will be fast tracked to citizenship.Thank you President Obama and thank you Kevin for the article. The Dream Act was a piece of legislation which the GOP could have been part of, but they chose to erect road blocks at every opportunity.

Not all undocumented immigrants have taken a life or have committed crimes (other than crossing the border without documentation) the same is true for any other cross section of our population.

In this country, we had a white, Christian supremacist,citizen blow up a building in Oklahoma. We also had a white, Christian, anti-abortionist, citizen plant a bomb in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic games. At that time no one was screaming, "send all the white, Christian, citizen, supremacist, anti-abortionists back to where they come from".

My thoughts go out to the Inman family and my wish for you is peace.
Devlin Adams
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June 15, 2012
Obama just spit in the faces of a great many of the nation's unemployed, and pinned the title "sucker" on every legal immigrant and naturalized citizen in this country.

Foley, you can kiss his ring until you are blue in the face and both you and Obama will still be dead wrong about this issue.

You mention D. A. King. Why don't you get in touch with him and tell him you would like to go the grave site of Dustin Inman this Sunday, along with Dustin's parents and pay your respect to Dustin on the 12th anniversary of his murder by one of your precious illegal immigrants. Would you like to do that? I didn't think so.
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