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Posted on August 21, 2011

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SENSIBLE DEPORTATION POLICY

OBAMA ORDERS NEW IMMIGRATION POLICY

Last Thursday the Obama administration suspended deportation proceedings for thousands of young people who pose no threat to public safety, and we believe it is a sensible policy.

Under the new policy, the secretary of Homeland Security can review, on a case-by-case basis, whether to stop deportation proceedings for people who are in this country illegally but pose no threat to national security or to public safety.

As The New York  Times reported, the decision would, via administrative action taken by Janet Napolitano, help many intended beneficiaries of Dream Act legislation that has been stalled in Congress for a decade.

The Dream Act would have granted U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants after they completed a specified term in college or the military and passed a background check.

We have long supported this legislation on the grounds that children should not be punished for their parent’s mistakes.

President Barack Obama’s administrative order addresses similar logic.

This is a plan that offers administrative relief instead of turmoil to people whose sole crime is being brought into this country as children by parents who came here illegally.

This is a step in the right direction to addressing  the bigger immigration problem.

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