1) March 29, 2011—discussion of Dream Act
Obama responded by citing his support for the DREAM Act, which would open up a route toward legalization for undocumented students who join the Armed Forces or complete two years of college.
Given that the DREAM Act was rejected again by the Senate last December, Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos, who was moderating the event, asked Obama if he could sign an executive order preventing the deportations.
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case,” the president said.
“There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.” Obama said.
2) 06/15/2012—desperate act to get Latino votes for reelection
Today, by his own admission on 3/29/2011, he broke the law…and signed an executive order that—from an article from New York Times:
The administration said the change will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the “DREAM Act,” legislation that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who went to college or served in the military.
Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be able to avoid deportation if they can prove 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.
3) Bypassing Congress and the Constitution to reward illegal immigrants over legal immigrants
Once again, Obama favors a system that rewards illegal immigrants—many will now try to come up with false documents to fit the requirements for the amnesty—over millions of legal immigrants who have been waiting for their documents to get into the country legally.
He is aiming at Arizona, New Mexico, and Florida for sympathy Latino votes while risking votes in Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan and Virginia. We will see in November if this desperate move pays off for him—hopefully not!