Reality Check: President Obama’s Immigration Reform Rings Hollow [video]_Featured_, Politics, Videos Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at the Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona immigration law and whether President Obama’s exemption for some illegal immigrants rings hollow. Swann also notes that Republicans have done no better.
Last week, President Obama eased immigration laws by stating that his administration would no longer enforce laws against illegal immigrants who:
- Were brought to the U.S. before they turned 16 and are now younger than 30
- Who have been in the country for at least five continuous years
- Who have no criminal history
- Who graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED or served in the military
They can also apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed.
Polling shows that the executive order was a hit. 64% of Americans approved. So, what’s the problem?
The problem is that the executive order just continues to politicize the issue of illegal immigration without fixing anything. It goes against equal protection under the law.
Why does President Obama believe that he has the authority to decide which groups of illegal immigrants won’t have the law enforced against them, while deciding that other groups will. The executive order discriminates against every other illegal immigrant who is not being offered this protection for no clear reason. The president is merely picking and choosing according to his own whim.
Also, the executive order only extends two years. So, all of the people who right now have protection, will be no better off than they were just two weeks ago.
President Obama had two years as the executive of this nation with a Democratic controlled House and Senate. During those two years, he made no attempts at immigration reform. His promise to achieve immigration reform during his first year as president has proved empty.
Republicans have done no better. Mitt Romney weighed in last week, calling this move by the president a political one, but wouldn’t take a stand on what he would do with the executive order.
Immigration is a serious issue for the country, for the American worker, and for the immigrants themselves. It deserves adults to come to the table and to deal with the issue in a real, substantial, legal, and equal way.