Despite accusations from those rightie politicians that Obama is a weak and ineffectual president, Obama keeps making strides and effecting change. Of course, do be fair, they mean he’s weak and ineffectual on the issues they agree with. On the issues they disagree with, he’s the love child of Hitler, Stalin, and Bob Marley (Because he’s black. Duh.). What did they expect? That a liberal president who just happens to be, oh I don’t know, black would all of a sudden act like a Republican? Calling him Stalin isn’t going to change his views. And it doesn’t make him Stalin.
But I digress.
Well Obama just keep knocking it out of the park. His latest coup is an executive order which halts the deportation of young illegal immigrants and allow them to get work permits, with the option to renew in two years.
Before we wig out, what does this mean?
Obama’s new immigration plan closely resembles the DREAM Act, which was blocked in 2010 by Republican lawmakers and would in its fullest form provide permanent residency to law-abiding immigrants who graduate from high school or serve in the U.S. military. But many Latinos have criticized the president for not taking enough action under the DREAM Act, as many youths eligible to remain in the country under the measure have continued to be forced out. Finally, Obama has answered their calls to exercise his authority. Under his executive order, young people who would be eligible under the DREAM Act to remain in the U.S. can now receive work permits and protection from deportation for two years, with the possibility of renewal.
Now you can wig out. The Apocalypse is clearly nigh. We’ll all have to learn Spanish now and deport all the white people to Mexico so that Mexicans can have all the jobs. I mean, if there were jobs at all. Run for your white lives!
Have you got all the ludicrousness out of your system? Awesome. Now let’s discuss.
I think this is wonderful. First, let’s think about each individual story. Young illegal immigrants. They were probably brought to the US at a very young age, though regardless of age, if they crossed the border as minors, they really didn’t get much say did they? Then they grew up in the US, as Americans. Mexico or Cuba or Guatemala, those places aren’t home to them. I could probably also assume that until they went to get driver’s licenses or work permits or enlist in the military, many of them probably didn’t even know they were illegal.
So is the logical thing to do deport them? Is that the American thing to do? What would Lady Liberty say to that? Sure, there’s the letter of the law. These kids are here illegally. But let’s take read between the lines of that letter for a second and think about what a better way could be. These youths are Americans in all but paperwork and Obama isn’t granting them automatic citizenship. No, he’s letting them work, letting them prove themselves as citizens, and let them earn their citizenship fairly. I think that’s more than fair. Right?
Without commenting on immigration or immigration reform, we can hardly punish these people for what their parents did.
Naturally, Obama is receiving a lot of criticism for this. Both parties will agree that immigration needs reforming, but if The President actually reforms part of it, well, then he’s a dictator. My goodness. A president changing things that are within his powers to change. What a thought!
And I have to say, isn’t integrating these people into the system in a fair way better than building a gigantic fence and pretending Mexico isn’t there at all and that Latinos make up a huge part of the American cultural landscape? But what do I know? I’m just a bleeding heart librocommiefascist.
I’ve heard that Obama is just pandering to the Latino vote. To that I say, so what? All politicians pander to an extent. But if he’s enacting powerful change, really, I’m all for it. And just how does one pander to a group of people who can’t vote? You still have to be a citizen to vote. I even heard one woman claim that we’re forcing MIT grads to work abroad while allowing Mexicans to work. First, let’s understand globalization for a minute. Second, does anyone really think that illegal immigrants and MIT grads are competing for the same jobs?
But maybe that’s what scares so many people: more and more Latino Americans living and working and voting and changing the way this country looks and acts and feels. It must be so hard to be so scared.
In case you’re wondering, Mitt Romney hasn’t said one word on the subject. But with his own family history of Mexican immigration, how could he?