Friday, June 15, 2012

Obama Delivers A Fragment Of The Dream Act

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

We salute President Obama's decision to stop deporting children of illegal immigrants. These children who have grown up here, attended our schools, fought in our military deserve a path to citizenship. The congress has put off action on this for years. The congress can't pass a highway bill, jobs act or even pay our bills without causing a debt crisis, Obama was correct to act. It's not the dream act but even a fragment of a dream is better than the nightmare fear of deportation.

Under the policy first revealed Friday in a Department of Homeland Security order to immigration and customs agency chiefs, illegal immigrants can have a two-year stay of deportation and obtain work permits if they: are younger than 30 and came to the country before they turned 16; have lived in the United States for at least five years; graduated from high school, served in the military or are in school; and have not been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
The immunity resembles the Dream Act, a long-sought bill that has never been able to get through Congress, but differs in one important way: Its beneficiaries will not step onto the path toward legal residency or citizenship. They will be protected from deportation and can live, work and study freely for the next two years.
A new poll released today, shows that 64% of Americans support President Obama's new policy on children of illegal immigrants, while 66% of independents approve.
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