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Obama enacting DREAM ACT like immigration rules.

 
 
Baldimo
 
Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 05:53 pm
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Washington (CNN) -- In a move that could shake up the U.S. immigration system, the Department of Homeland Security is going to begin reviewing all 300,000 pending deportation cases in federal immigration courts to determine which individuals meet specific criteria for removal and to focus on "our highest priorities."
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said the review will enhance public safety. "Immigration judges will be able to more swiftly adjudicate high priority cases, such as those involving convicted felons," Napolitano wrote Thursday in a letter to assistant majority leader Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and 21 other senators including Indiana Republican Richard Lugar.
In April, Durbin and Lugar sent a letter to Napolitano asking her to stop deportations of immigrant students who could earn legal status under the the DREAM Act -- legislation that would give children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship through military service or college education.
Napolitano said the Obama administration has frequently pointed out "it makes no sense to expend our enforcement resources on low-priority cases, such as individuals... who were brought into this country as young children and know no other home."
Officials say immigration court dockets are clogged, putting public safety in jeopardy, costing money, resources and time. They want to see DHS enforcement resources diverted from illegal immigrants who don't have criminal records to individuals who pose a threat to public safety and national security.
A senior administration official, who requested anonymity because details of the policy change had not yet been announced, told reporters 79% of deportations involve people without a criminal record -- people who have just entered the country illegally or had been previously deported and re-entered.
Napolitano said the new policy change would not negate reforming immigration laws and "will not alleviate the need for passage of the DREAM Act," which would give legal status to illegal immigrant students who attend college or join the military. She added, "President Obama has called the DREAM Act the right thing to do for the young people it would affect, and the right thing to do for the country."
But the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which advocates changing policies to decrease the number of immigrants coming to the United States, said in a statement on its website that the action by the Obama administration "amounts to an administrative amnesty and a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration policy without approval by Congress."
FAIR President Dan Stein said in the statement, "In essence, the administration has declared that U.S. immigration is now virtually unlimited to anyone willing to try to enter and only those who commit violent felonies after arrival are subject to enforcement."
Under the new process, a DHS and the Department of Justice working group will develop specific criteria to identify low-priority removal cases that should be considered for prosecutorial discretion, including cases with minors, the elderly, pregnant and nursing women, victims of serious crimes, veterans and members of the armed services and individuals with serious disabilities or health problems.
Durbin expressed support for the Obama administration announcement, saying in a written statement that it was "the right decision" specifically as it relates to students.
"These students are the future doctors, lawyers, teachers and maybe, senators, who will make America stronger," Durbin stated. "We need to be doing all we can to keep these talented, dedicated, American students here, not wasting increasingly precious resources sending them away to countries they barely remember."
Durbin's statement added that when reviews of individual cases result in cases being closed, those individuals "will be able to apply for certain immigration benefits, including work authorization."
Durbin's statement did not elaborate on that aspect of the policy change, beyond saying such applications for benefits would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The National Day Laborer Organizing Network, an organization advocating improved rights for day laborers, praised the move. "The administration had earned the President the title of 'Deporter-in-Chief.' We hope the statement today announcing review of the current caseload of victims of indiscriminate enforcement is carried forth," the group said in a news release.


There should be no case by case basis. People have come into our country illegally and should be removed when found. Why should it matter if they have been good people while here, they have still broken the law.

Why does Obama hate the Constitution? Only Congress has the power to make immigration laws.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 06:05 pm
@Baldimo,
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Why should it matter if they have been good people while here, they have still broken the law.


If their parents brought them here as minors, they did not in fact break the law; and there's zero reason they should be punished for something their parents did.

Cycloptichorn
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 06:17 pm
This is excellent news. I am absolutely in favor of this.

The only negative is this is bad news for the GOP.
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 06:24 pm
@Ticomaya,
Ticomaya wrote:

This is excellent news. I am absolutely in favor of this.

The only negative is this is bad news for the GOP.


Shocked

Just kidding, I'm not shocked.

Cycloptichorn
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 08:22 pm
@Ticomaya,
I'm generally okay with the Dream Act, barring a few minor quibbles. I'm not really on board with citing provisions of an act which hasn't passed.

There is a huge difference between people who chose to enter illegally, and those who were brought by there parents. Being in an illegal status without having done something illegal is a tough concept.
Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 08:42 pm
@roger,
I'm a big DREAM Act supporter.

Reagan took it another step ...



More context ...



We need comprehensive immigration reform.
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 09:36 pm
@Ticomaya,
Are you talking about Reagan the war criminal, Reagan the terrorist or Reagan the felon, Tico?
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 09:50 pm
@Ticomaya,
Here's the reform we need...

We need to disconnect the idea of entry to the states from the idea of a rogue political party seeking to import voting blocks for itself.

Take the incentive out of it: pass a law requiring somebody to be an American citizen for 18 years before ever voting in a US election of any sort. I had to be a US citizen for 18 years prior to voting as do all natural born citizens.
roger
 
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Reply Thu 18 Aug, 2011 10:14 pm
@Ticomaya,
I would resist a general amnesty.

Edit: Yes, we do need serious immigration reform. I'm recalling all the erroneous green card acceptances. Poorly handled, but my objection is to the composition of the pool of applicants. Something like 1% were from Latin America. That sounds odd.
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H2O MAN
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 10:41 am

What will it cost in dollars for the Obama administration to evaluate each and every illegal Mexican?

Who will pay for this? Is Obama planning to create revenue (tax increase) to cover the cost?
JTT
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 11:19 am
@H2O MAN,
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What will it cost in dollars for the Obama administration to evaluate each and every illegal Mexican?

Who will pay for this? Is Obama planning to create revenue (tax increase) to cover the cost?


You racist asshole. There are more illegal immigrants than just Mexicans.

You will. There's going to be a special tax put on Americans that works on a sliding scale - the more ignorant you are, the higher your tax. That oughta put you on the street.
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 11:29 am
@JTT,
Laughing JTT, you are such a dolt Exclamation
JTT
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 11:37 am
@H2O MAN,
The high priest of ignorance ought not to be casting stones.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 11:41 am
@H2O MAN,
No slightest reason to evaluate each and every illegal alien - Mexican or otherwise. Only those claiming to have been brought into the US when they were age sixteen or under.

Cost? I don't know, but less than evaluating an application for a Social Security account. Proof would be no more than a high school transcript, proof of completion of college and/or honorable mililtary service.
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 12:07 pm
@roger,
You need to study up on what the Obama administration is doing because you are currently misinformed
JTT
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 12:08 pm
@H2O MAN,
Fill us in in your usual eloquent fashion, H2oman.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 12:29 pm
@gungasnake,
gungasnake wrote:

I had to be a US citizen for 18 years prior to voting as do all natural born citizens.


And even then you had trouble spelling X.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 07:33 pm
@H2O MAN,
Damn right I was misinformed. Was it too much trouble to explain the deceptiveness of Baldimo's quoted material? I took the post at face value, and that's what I based my objection on.

Today's Journal, 8/19/11 Page A1 differs significantly. Dream Act was to apply to persons in the country at or before age 16 who had completed honorable military service or college. The way it now reads, the policy looks intended to apply to anyone, regardless of age so long as they haven't committed crimes and are not considered a threat to public safety (whatever that might mean).

Not especially similar to what I thought I was agreeing with.
RABEL222
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 07:38 pm
@roger,
Waterman is a lier who has no conscience about what he posts as long as he thinks it proves his stupid beliefs.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 07:58 pm
@RABEL222,
Not a lie. Just another hit and run, hoping someone would pick up the pieces. I did.
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