Since real life is increasingly indistinguishable from a preachy Paul Haggis movie devoid of moral nuance, it was inevitable that Barack Obama's announcement of a stay in the deportations of young, law-abiding, undocumented immigrants would be paired with a starkly contrasting story demonstrating why the new policy was necessary.
The obvious villain in this story would have to be Arizona's Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff whose conscience long ago self-deported to someplace where it wouldn't be constantly abused by corruption and civil rights violations. So it was, that on the same day the president announced a more humane immigration policy, the Arizona Republic reported that "Maricopa County Sheriff Office deputies arrested a 6-year-old suspected illegal immigrant."
It's all part of Joe Arpaio's unique version of No (Foreign) Child Left Behind (in the United States).
Of course, after first touting the results of the raid in which the 6-year-old girl was picked up, MCSO officials claimed that the child was not arrested, but taken in to protective custody due to her unaccompanied status. In any case, federal immigration officials do not seem too keen on deporting the youngster…
ICE released a statement saying only that the child was handed over to the Office of Refugee Resettlement under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
It is common for that agency to place some young migrants with social-services organizations.
As to where we go from here, allowing more immigrants to come to the United States legally seems like the reasonable thing to do, since there's currently no authorized pathway for the vast majority of potential migrants to come to the United States. But barring that, we should construct a border fence using whatever material is stockaded around Arpaio's soul. That stuff is impenetrable.
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Tags: Arizona, Children, Immigration, Joe Arpaio
GOP strategist Ed Rollins on the issue of immigration…
"If we ever lose the Hispanic vote the way we’ve lost the African American vote, there's no way we'll win in presidential politics."
I suppose that's why they're always working so hard to keep all the Latino voters out of the country.
(via Political Wire)
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Just listen to how he ferociously silences this Daily Caller reporter who dares interrupt him during his speech on immigration reform…
"The next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask a question," Obama said.
I'm sorry. I should have warned you that it would be disturbing.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Daily Caller, Dream Act, Immigration
In a surprising break from his typical candor and forthrightness, Mitt Romney hasn't yet addressed the president's refusal to deport young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally. He doesn't do much talking about that topic at all, actually…
Since clinching the Republican nomination, Romney has steadfastly avoided the topic of immigration, only discussing economic issues at forums with Hispanic businessmen. The issue is considered a potential liability for the Republican candidate, who has previously said that he would not support the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act…
Oh, right. He wants to be president. But does he want it badly enough to compromise on the principles he claims to hold dear?
That's not the Mitt Romney I know.
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Tags: Dream Act, Immigration, Mitt Romney
In late 2010, the House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act, so-named because it was always a complete fantasy for a far-reaching piece of legislation to make it past the dysfunctional Senate, where 60 votes are needed to shut off an opposition party filibuster. The bill would have extended conditional legal status for five years to undocumented immigrants who were younger than 16 when they entered the country, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, and earned a degree from a U.S. high school.
Needless to say, the DREAM Act died a quiet death in the Senate and moldered beneath America's Latino-manicured lawns until it was resurrected, today, in the form of an executive order by President Obama…
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.
Unlike a legislative solution, this action offers no path to citizenship — it's neither amnesty nor legalization, but merely a semi-permanent stay of deportation — but it still represents good news for friends of Jesus.
Firstly, because there are few things more unChristian than deporting young people to countries they may not even remember. Secondly, because Jesus has positively working his ass off, getting a GED, joining the military, and trying to start his own restaurant, despite a lack of documentation, and why would we ever want to be rid of this cool guy?
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Tags: Barack Obama, Dream Act, Hispanic, Immigration, Latino