President Obama’s Immigration Order, Do You Support It? [POLL]
Last Friday, President Obama announced a new immigration policy that has left many Republicans wondering what to say exactly. The President claims that this isn’t amnesty, but instead is a fair way of letting people come out of the shadows and become productive members of society. The President claims this move will help remove the fear of deportation for illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents. According to the AP:
Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed. The officials who described the plan spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss it in advance of the official announcement.
The policy will not lead toward citizenship but will remove the threat of deportation and grant the ability to work legally, leaving eligible immigrants able to remain in the United States for extended periods.
Republicans have said that the President is going around Congress and expanding his powers. They also say that this is a way towards amnesty. Observers also say that this could be a huge political win for Obama with Latino voters.
What do you think about the plan?