Wednesday, May 11, 2011

President Obama weakly punts immigration reform back to Congress

President Obama pauses while speaking about immigration reform on Tuesday in El Paso, Texas.
President Obama said all the right things in El Paso on Tuesday about the need to fix the country's immigration system, while lauding the progress he'd made in controlling the border.

But when the soaring rhetoric was done, Obama closed with a weak punt of immigration reform back to Congress.

Yes We Can turned into No I Can't. He refused to do what many Latino leaders have urged for months. He rejected using executive powers to soften the worst aspects of the government's crackdown on the nation's 11 million undocumented residents.

He turned his back on 1 million young people known as the DREAMERS. They are the high school and college kids brought to this country illegally by their parents. Having known no other home than the U.S., they face deportation at any moment and can't legally find work.

Last year, Congress narrowly failed to provide a path to adjust the status of the DREAMERS.

Ever since, Chicago Rep. Luis Gutierrez and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez have tried to convince the President to order a "parole in place" for such young people, freezing deportations until Congress overhauls immigration law. Read More!!!


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