New Obama policy will spare some from deportation - Vote in our poll
by Alicia A Caldwell, Associated Press and Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press
June 15, 2012 03:35 PM | 2918 views | 29 29 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his plan to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will make the system "more fair, more efficient and more just."

The president says it "makes no sense to expel talented young people" who are essentially Americans. He says he was taking the action in the absence of action by Congress "to fix our broken system."

Obama's election-year initiative should help him among Hispanic voters. It will begin granting young immigrants work permits, affecting as many as 800,000 young people who have lived in fear of deportation.

A man in the Rose Garden asked Obama while he was speaking, "Why do you favor foreigners over American workers?" Obama responded that "this is the right thing to do."

What do you think of the President's decision to end deportations for younger illegal immigrants?


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anonymous
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June 18, 2012
Obama defunded Social Security. Obama hates old people who paid in to Social Security their whole lives and wants them to die cold and hungry.

Jay B
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June 18, 2012
Can't we go back to the good ol' days when we blamed all of our woes on poor black males? Those were simpler times, indeed.
Lib in Cobb
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June 18, 2012
COBBCSI:

Undocumented immigrants pay property taxes which is a portion of their rent.

Car Insurance is high in GA because of the way all people drive here ie tailgating, speeding, lack of signaling, cutting in and out, reckless driving.

I live in West Cobb Marietta, I don't see any college age non Latino young people lining up for the jobs that the UI's are willing to perform.

Your arguments are weak and immature.
COBBCSI
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June 18, 2012
Then you try breaking into Mexico and just stay there see what happens to you; all you liberals think there’s no end to other people’s money. Why don't all liberals just volunteer for and illegal alien tax and how so you are moving some into your house, maybe you can get an Obama tax break!!
Lib in Cobb
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June 18, 2012
CobbCSI: Every taxpayer in the US is taking more home in their paycheck now than during the Bush years. You can say thank you to President Obama for that change. I won't be applying for your imaginary tax credit.

Right now, every right wing hardliner is the US is being poked with a stick. How does it feel?
COBBCSI
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June 18, 2012
Obama is just pandering for votes, if you’re 20 something just out of college you better vote against Obama; because these illegal’s will be getting your jobs that would have gone to you. If the children aren’t being deported than the parents aren’t being deported. Obama just added another illegal alien tax into your pay check. They knocked down our fence and are stealing your tax dollars from you, that’s why car insurance, school taxes, property taxes and health insurance is so high. For each Illegal in the county we need to take out of the foreign aid that goes to Mexico and give that o the states that are stuck with the bill. But it’s your last chance to save Democracy so put Obama back in; plan on not having the America you grew up with; it was bad enough with Morin Bush but this guy is scary!!
Lib in Cobb
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June 17, 2012
To all those who are opposed to this most recent change in policy. Some of you are parents or perhaps grand parents. If your children were hungry and had absolutely no hope for a better future, what would you do for them? Would you take the same chance that the parents of these young people took?

There are many, right here in GA who would send these young people back to a country which they have no recollection of. These countries like Guatemala or Honduras or Mexico are as foreign to them as they are to you and I.

Is there no compassion in your hearts?
No there is not
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June 18, 2012
No, there is no compassion ion my heart for these illegals. They take away money and jobs from my own children. If you would like to give away your own money and time and job to them, that is fine, but don't give away what should rightfully belong to others.
Lib in Cobb
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June 18, 2012
No there is not: You had the honesty to answer. I don't believe I have ever seen your children standing in the usual pick up spots for day laborers. What jobs have your children lost to an undocumented immigrant? I will bet that any day worker will work circles around your kids.

No compassion for people who were brought here as a child by their parents. What would you do for your kids in the same situation?
Lib in Cobb
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June 17, 2012
Since we live in GA, I am not surprised by the graph and the numbers depicted. Since we live in a Bible Belt state and most refer to themselves as Christians, I will ask. Would Jesus deport these people? or Would he help and feed them?
Jay B
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June 16, 2012
The coveted brass ring of US citizenship should be reserved for those who played by the rules to get here, but citizenship and deportation aren't the only two options. There is also the legal permanent resident status as well as various kinds of visas.

Obama isn't even offering these kids LPR status (but he should). He's only offering visas. That will allow them to get licenses, insurance, educations, jobs and PAY TAXES. They can't vote and probably can't own guns. They will live marry and raise families here, including citizen-children.

Like with the Italians and the Irish, the first generation will face hatred and resistance. People will accuse them of bringing crime and not assimilating to American ways. A few generations later they will be eating Italian pizza with their Indian neighbors, drinking Irish beer, watching the Superbowl, while blogging about some new wave of immigrants invading the country.
JR in Mableton
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June 16, 2012
How did your ancestors come to this country? Did it take a decade to get a green card? Maybe you should go spend some time in Juarez and see why they are coming to the US.
Mike Williams
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June 16, 2012
Of course, typical MDJ readers will conveniently overlook the fact that this proposal is very similar to one proposed by Tea Party favorite Sen. Rubio of Florida.

How unsettling it must be to realize that most issues aren't clearly delineated along Republican vs. Democratic lines - or more precisely, white vs. black and varying shades of tan.
KSUsed
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June 16, 2012
“There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future,” the Florida senator said. “This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run."

.....and you were saying....he's just buying votes !
anonymous
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June 16, 2012
I am going to ask you why the government has laws regarding illegal immigration if they have laws that are counter productive? For instance, we have a law that

schools are required to educate everyone that walks through their door regardless of status. That doesn't make sense. Now our president has decided all children who came to the country under the age of 16 can stay with two year work permits. Isn't that a slap in the face to people who spent countless hours and thousands of dollars to be here legally? I have a friend who has been on the waiting list for their green cards forever!

I just feel it is a double edge sword because our laws encourage illegal immigration. It is not fair to the people who follow those laws. I personally feel that they should be able to stay here and apply for green cards, but they should have to pay like everyone else. We have had more accidents with people killed by illegals with no driveres license and no insurance. They refuse to purchase insurance regardless of whether they have a license.

Obama has bought the gay vote and now the hispanic vote. Yes, there are many hispanics who are legal to vote because they were born here. Unfortunately we have too many people in the younger generations that are democrats because they are too stupid to know better. I am not crazy about Romney but will not continue with someone whose job is to bankrupt this country.

Fed Up
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June 15, 2012
This is a cynical political move on the part an increasingly desperate Obama to pander to the Hispanic vote-nothing more, nothing less. He is showing his contempt for both the legislative branch of government and the rule of law. He does not have the authority to change, or refuse to enforce, laws passed by Congress, and yet here he is doing it again, just as he did when he ordered Holder & Co. not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act. He is such a narcissist he thinks he is totally above the law, and sad to say he has been allowed to get away with it up to this point. He may have overplayed his hand this time, and is likely to get a legal challenge--I certainly hope so!!

That said, the point about these kids is valid and a solution needs to be found for them. Old Timer, who posted here earlier, had the right idea: Close the border (yes it can be done!) and then work with Congress to come up with a plan to deal with the situation.
anonymous
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June 15, 2012
Citizens get to vote. Foreign nationals do not get to vote.

This arrogant move by Obama will encourage illegals to bring their children here in the hopes they will get immunity.

Unfortunately some future President will have to rescind Obama's political power-grab and be branded heartless and cruel by the left wing of this country.

Jay B
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June 15, 2012
LEGAL immigrants get to vote. These people don't. These people just don't get deported (to a country they can't remember) for something their parents did. That's still unfair to them, though.

A 5-year-old boy who shows his "thing" to a female classmate doesn't get put on the sex offender registry, because he's a kid. The children of bank robbers do not have to serve their parents' prison terms. Children who get carried across the border shouldn't be punished for something their parents did.
itstime
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June 15, 2012
Obviously, the term ILLEGAL doesn't mean anything to you or to the idiot in the White House. Your logic is stupid. The problem is not the child but the parents - the parents know that the good hearted Americans will let the children stay. You cannot possibly want us to have open borders, do you? Well this is just the beginning. By the way, Marco Rubio was working on a solution to this very problem (legally) but Obama could not stand to have anyone take votes and credit away from him, which Rubio's proposal would do. Get real - Obama is just another politician but a VERY egotistical, greedy and LIBERAL one.
Pam J
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June 15, 2012
Oh great. More competition for jobs. I've been unemployed for over two years. If I lose a potential job to someone who is here illegally but who our government saw fit to give "amnesty" to, I may as well go jump off a cliff.
Sinner's Notebook
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June 15, 2012
The Hispanic illegals in this country have the dark skin of their Indian forbears who were here long before anyone of European ancestry. Who are the strangers?

"And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:33-34

Where are the exceptions for political preference, national security, or economics in the Biblical directive on hospitality? These illegals are our brothers and sisters.

If in God's Kingdom there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor freeman, male nor female, what makes one suppose their is illegal or legal. And should we not work so that God's will in Heaven is done here on earth?
tired of it
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June 17, 2012
God does not condone law breakers. you can quote the bible all you want but it does not say you have the right to break any laws in any country, yes you are to love everyone even sinners but breaking the law is a sin also.
Old timer
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June 15, 2012
Close the border first then work with congress for a long term fix. Presidents don't really get to ruleby edict.
America First
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June 15, 2012
Thanks Obama, as if we weren't already over run with illegals now you have really opened up the flood gates!! My taxes will now increase to support these ignorant people who refuse to go about it the legal way. And why should they when you and your administration give them everything free while we the American people continue to suffer in this lousy economy. You will never, ever get my vote!
Pat H
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June 15, 2012
This group of illegals more than most are arrogant, demanding, ungrateful and feeling that they are entitled to what they have not earned.

They should have to pay back taxes of their parents and refund all money spent for their medical care from the time they invaded our country.

Jerry Gonzalez and Rich Pellegrino are now going to have to get real jobs.
elilegal
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June 17, 2012
..and your kinsfolk still hire them arrogant, demanding, ungrateful, and entitled illegals for cheap labor huh?
Frankie58
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June 15, 2012
Well, he just BOUGHT alot of votes didn't he. Not to mention flood the job market. What's next, give them preference when applying for jobs. Every LEGAL immigrant that followed the law and rules should DEMAND that all money they had to spend be REFUNDED to them. While he's at it, just throw out the federal code. It will only be a matter of time until lawyers start using this "decision" to open the flood gates for the rest of the "family" to be allowed entry because these illegals were living with someone here and they now they need thier "mommy and daddy"..it's just a matter of time, watch and see!
Gringo Bandito
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June 15, 2012
Gotta buy those votes!
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