Posted on June 19, 2012



It may be temporary and reversible, but President Obama’s safe harbor from deportation and permission to work offers a welcome ray of hope to young illegal immigrants brought to this country as children.

It was the right thing to do. It’s a humane policy change that is geared toward helping young people who have pursued an education or have served in the military. They are precisely those who should be encouraged.

The president’s move brought howls of protest from Republican opponents because they called it an end run around Congressional authority and an attempt to win Hispanic votes.

The president’s action came about after Congress rejected the Dream Act which essentially would do the same thing.

“These are young people who study in our schools, play in our neighborhoods, are friends with our kids, who pledge allegiance to our flag.” President Obama said.

Some youth have been deported with their parents, and they do not speak or understand the language of the land of their parents. They are having a difficult time in their schools. These youth should be granted right to return to America and work for their citizenship. This is the next step in immigration reform.

The president’s executive order shows an understanding of the need to encourage the most productive immigrants by offering them a way, even temporarily, to lead constructive lives while waiting and hoping for comprehensive immigration reform.



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