The new decree was announced without fanfare on the White House website in a blog www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/18/immigration-update-maximizing-public-safety-and-better-focusing-resources posted by Cecilia Munoz, late of the National Council of La Raza ("The Race" in English) and currently serving the Obama regime as White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
The defiance of laws put in place by Congress is described as covering illegal aliens who have not yet been officially convicted of other, "serious" violent crimes here. Essentially, the policy from Dear Leader says that illegal aliens who do not have criminal records would be able to remain indefinitely in the United States. And apply for work permits.
With somewhere around 25 million Americans out of work or underemployed, apparently, this represents the long-awaited Obama "Jobs Program." As you can see, the anti-enforcement lobby was not wasting its time with the years of marching in American streets with the "Stop the raids and deportations!" demand. The guidelines for the anti-deportation order include:
* the person's ties and contributions to the community, including family relationships;
* the person's age, with particular consideration given to minors and the elderly;
* whether the person has a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, child, or parent;
* whether the person is the primary caretaker of a person with a mental or physical disability, minor, or seriously ill relative;
* whether the person or the person's spouse is pregnant or nursing;
Translated to reality, the list includes most illegals who have already made it past Border Patrol or overstayed their visa. Few don't already either fit the above descriptions or won't start the process of making sure they will do so very soon.
The last little gem about being "pregnant or nursing" changes a long-used and very accurate term. "Anchor baby" is now "anchor fetus." The White House has now given official acceptance to the angry and defiant howl "You can't deport me, I have an American citizen child ..." and expanded it to include a child of any nationality or origin.
The sound you may have been hearing for the last eight days is the sound of celebratory champagne corks popping and squeals of delight from the illegals' organizers - both in and out of the Obama White House. It isn't the right to vote, but it is a start. No word yet on what real - legal - immigrants from around the world are thinking about a system that rewards people who ignore the long process of joining the American family according to those mean old immigration laws.
This is in response to the never-ending demands from the open borders lobby that Obama make good on his campaign pledge to begin amnesty proceedings in his first year in office. The liberal press and the illegal alien lobby's blogs are filled with excitement and glee because of the literal Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card thrown to the illegals.
One group called Centro Sin Fronteras (No Borders Central) has posted a note of victory under the headline "Backing down the president," writing, "Last week President Obama's administration finally bent to the pressure from the Latino community - and the threat of the withdrawal of the Latino vote ..." Here in Cobb Rich Pellegrino, who opposes immigration enforcement while wearing a t-shirt that reads "We are all undocumented" has been quoted in this newspaper as being "ecstatic" about the Obama defacto amnesty-for-votes scheme.
More than a week after Barack Hussein Obama made it clear that some immigrants are more equal than others and that there are groups of people for whom American borders and immigration laws do not apply, the natural assumption for readers would be to expect outraged reaction from Georgia's conservative elected officials in Congress including outraged press releases, informative posts explaining Obama's anti-enforcement move and the assurance of oversight hearing, investigations and strongly worded protests.
This long-time American just spent the last hour or so carefully checking the Websites of the entire Georgia Republican delegation - both U.S. Senators and all GOP House Representatives.
I reserve the remainder of this space for listing their press releases or remarks that I found on that topic as of noonish on Friday. ...
D.A. King is president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society. On the Web: www.TheDustinInmanSociety.org