Saturday, August 20, 2011

President Obama gets it right. Republicans just don't get it at all.

It is great to see President Obama  taking a strong stand on deportation from
TheNew York Times. 

"WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety.

The new policy is expected to help thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as young children, graduated from high school and want to go on to college or serve in the armed forces."

This is a policy that's time has come. I hope the New Zealand Government is looking at this humane sensible policy and learns that deporting young Kiwis born here  because their parents aren't New Zealand citizens.

"White House and immigration officials said they would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to focus enforcement efforts on cases involving criminals and people who have flagrantly violated immigration laws.

Under the new policy, the secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano, can provide relief, on a case-by-case basis, to young people who are in the country illegally but pose no threat to national security or to the public safety."

This is how it should be.

" The action would also bolster Presidend Obama's reputation with Latino voters as he heads into the 2012 election. Just a week ago the leaders of major Hispanic organizations criticized his record, saying in a report that Mr. Obama and Congress had “overpromised and underdelivered” on immigration and other issues of concern to Latino voters, a major force in some swing states."

I am sure that isn't lost on the administration so it is not only humane it is good politics.

" The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Lamar Smith, Republican of Texas, denounced the new policy.
“The Obama administration has again made clear its plan to grant backdoor amnesty to illegal immigrants,” Mr. Smith said. “The administration should enforce immigration laws, not look for ways to ignore them. Officials should remember the oath of office they took to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land.”
White House officials emphasized that they were not granting relief to a whole class of people, but would review cases one by one, using new standards meant to distinguish low- and high-priority cases.
“The president has said on numerous occasions that it makes no sense to expend our enforcement resources on low-priority cases, such as individuals” who were brought to this country as young children and know no other home, Ms. Napolitano said in a letter to Mr. Durbin. "

I think President Obama is quietly telling the Republicans to get stuffed. Good on him.

Fox News had a fit and then had the standard  hysterical presidential impeachment meltdown.

"Fox News host Dave Briggs claimed that a new immigration policy, which will postpone deportation proceedings of certain undocumented workers in order to prioritize convicted criminals, is "perhaps blanket amnesty."  Fox News has a long history of labeling immigration policies "amnesty," a term that has been shown to produce a more negative reaction than describing a policy as "a path to citizenship."

What a bunch of bloody fools. calling for the presidents impeachment every 5 minutes is just bloody ridicules. I have warned on the international consequences of that insanity before on blogs here.

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