I said all I had to say about this on twitter yesterday, but I need to compile all my thoughts into something coherent or I will explode. Obama announced yesterday a new immigration policy that provides some relief to illegal aliens who were brought here as children by no fault of their own. If they're between the ages of 16 and 30 and have been in the country for at least five years and have no criminal record, then they can get a work permit and not have to fear deportation. This could affect anywhere between 800,000 to 1.4 Million illegal aliens.
It's not amnesty or a path to citizenship, he says, so what is it? It's temporary, but what is temporary? A policy like this that affects so many people should be a long term resolution. It's a band-aid on a gun shot wound and it's irresponsible. This kind of move comes AFTER you pass immigration reform, secure our borders, and allow states to do what they need to do to tackle illegal immigration. But Obama isn't a man of priorities. This is a weak economy and a poor job market and he just gave thousands, possibly millions, of ILLEGAL aliens permission to compete with unemployed Americans for jobs that don't exist. He can't do what he needs to do to get Americans working, but he has the nerve to stand in the Rose Garden and tell the country that these illegal aliens deserve to work and contribute to society. It's a slap in the face not just to legal immigrants, who went through all the mess to become citizens the right way, but also to natural born citizens. Let's not forget how stab-in-the-back (and probably illegal) this move is, bypassing Congress and legislation to lend a hand to people who can't legally vote. Let's not delude ourselves in to believing this is some random act of kindness from King Obama. Just like he thought birth control was the most important thing to women, he thinks illegal immigration is a priority to Latinos. This is about keeping his job. I agree something needs to be done about and for people who were brought here as kids, some not knowing their undocumented until they apply for a summer job, but this is not the time for that and it's most definitely not the best thing for LEGAL residents. However, this is a smart political move because people are too busy looking at the pretty icing to realize how nasty the cake is.
What upset my nerves the most was when he said they're Americans in every sense of the word except on paper. That paper, President Obama, is called THE LAW. I was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. I am an AMERICAN. My friend was born in Ontario, came here legally as a child, became a citizen when she was 18 and married a North Carolina native a few months ago. She is an AMERICAN. John Doe who crossed the Rio Grande with his parents is not an AMERICAN. And in this country, whatever his story may be, our President should not put him first.