Saturday, June 16, 2012

Want to Thank Someone for Obama's Immigration Move? Thank Marco Rubio - The Atlantic

President Obama could have reached out to Senator Rubio and pushed this plan as a bi partisan solution.  Instead the Prez has managed to turn immigration into a question of abuse of Executive Powers.  I’m guessing Obama looses this fight, and I’m guessing kids of immigrants here in violation of US law will lose out too.
Progressives who think Obama’s smart here need to consider this kind of arbitrary power Obama’s used from Libya to DOMA and now here, in the hands of President Romney.
The administration's announcement that it would suspend the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were born abroad and came to the United States without authorization as kids has immigration advocates showering hosannas on President Obama. There is another politician, though, who deserves quite a bit of credit for the administration's move: Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio.  
Two months ago, Rubio floated a watered down version of the so-called DREAM Act -- and the administration this morning essentially made it the law of the land (at least temporarily).
The original bill would have put immigrants on a path to citizenship if they arrived in America as minors and were pursuing higher education or had joined the military. Under Rubio's plan, immigrants who were pursuing higher education wouldn't get a green card, but could apply for two-year work visas, which could be renewed in perpetuity. The senator also would have offered citizenship to immigrants who served in the military.
President Obama isn't in a position to bestow citizenship on thousands without approval from the U.S. Congress -- and despite repeated tries, the DREAM Act has never made it past the Senate. Otherwise, though, what Rubio proposed was basically what the Department of Homeland Security announced as official policy Friday.
Politics - Alexandra Starr - Want to Thank Someone for Obama's Immigration Move? Thank Marco Rubio - The Atlantic

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