Breaking: Obama administration to loosen deportation rules

posted at 10:44 am on June 15, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

So, the “framing” economic speech yesterday was a bust — yeah, they’re going to need us to move away from that ol’ chestnut pretty quickly — so here comes the next big talking point in the Obama-campaign wheelhouse.

President Obama has decided that the Homeland Security Department will no longer deport younger illegal immigrants who haven’t broken the law, and will instead issue them work permits.

 The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was to announce the new policy Friday, one week before President Barack Obama plans to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak to the group on Thursday.

Updates to follow…

Update: At least as far as the Latino community is concerned (and opinion abounds on the electoral significance of Latinos as a voting group, and whether they really vote so monolithically), this is going to present a stiff challenge for Romney’s campaign. As ABC points out:

The Obama administration is likely to deny that politics played a role in the announcement, but the timing is ideal for the president’s reelection campaign. In the GOP primary, Mitt Romney adopted strictly conservative positions against illegal immigration in his effort to woo right-wing voters. He backs a strong fence along the border with Mexico, opposes most amnesty and boasts of his move as Massachusetts governor to deny in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. …

Obama’s announcement today is likely to curry favor with Hispanics, a key growing voting bloc who could determine the winner in November in important states like Florida, Colorado and Nevada. The president currently beats Romney among Hispanics in polls, but most Latinos say they disapprove of his deportation policy.

Deportation rates under President Obama have actually been relatively high — a point about which many Latino voters and immigration advocates have been displeased. This could be a crucial appeasement-move that will inspire Latinos to get to polls in November.

Can President Obama even do this without Congressional approval? I’m not sure, but then again, it hardly matters. If he can, great; if he can’t, great: It’s just another jab he can aim at an “obstructionist,” “do-nothing” Congress.

Update (Ed): So …. he’s going to hand out hundreds of thousands of work permits when unemployment is at 8.2% nominal, 14.8% U-6, and the civilian participation rate is near the 30-year low Obama set last month (now 63.8%)?  The only thing this accomplishes is driving the labor rate further downward and the unemployment rate further upward.  Work permits make sense when you’re creating jobs, but not when jobs are scarce.  I’m not sure that’s going to endear Obama to unions and blue-collar voters struggling to find work already.

Update (back to Erika): A calculated move to steal some of Sen. Marco Rubio’s alternative-DREAM-Act thunder? It’s widely known that Sen. Rubio has been crafting legislation that would give visas to undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children if they attend college or join the military, though it would not provide legal permanent residency — and President Obama’s plan sounds pretty darn similar. Plenty of Republicans aren’t exactly thanking Rubio for his upcoming proposal, but as a tea-party rockstar with Hispanic roots, Rubio is a major threat to Democrats’ claim that they’re the best political party for Latinos’ interests. Team Obama definitely needed to get out in front on this one.

Update: Here are some immediate reactions from our Congresspeople concerning the Obama campaign’s — er, sorry, I mean, the White House’s — newest immigration policy.

Rep. Allen West, R-Florida

“This is yet another example of executive branch overreach. We have a legislative process that ensures representative governance by the consent of the American people. This action should be crafted into legislation, debated in committee and brought before the House and Senate for vote, with accordance of our Constitutional Republic way. Secretary Napolitano is an unelected administrative bureaucrat who does not have the right to make governing decisions for this country. It is apparent that the goal of the Obama administration is not to govern, but rule by edict. This again is a reflection of the desperation of President Obama and his liberal progressive disciples as November draws nearer. …

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey

“For all the young people who call this country their home but have been unable to fulfill their dreams, I am profoundly grateful to the President and the Administration for suspending the deportation of Dreamers. For these young men and women who want to become doctors, teachers, police officers and soldiers, this announcement will change their lives forever.”

Update: Let Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano be clear: This is not to be confused with amnesty.

“A grant of deferred action is not immunity, it is not amnesty,” Napolitano told reporters. “It is an exercise of discretion.”

Update: Sen. Rubio responded by saying that the content of Obama’s proposal is “welcome news,” but was quick to decry the manner of it:

“Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem,” the Cuban American Rubio said in a statement. “And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.”


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Work permits? Why not just hand them a roll of Charmin? There are no JOBS.
waterytart on June 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Might as well call them “Unemployment Permits”.

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

How about every time anyone breaks a law, we give them a tootsie pop.

Paul-Cincy on June 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Obama’s wet DREAM is to rule without bothering with Congress or that annoying Constitution. And now he’s acting out on that DREAM.

WannabeAnglican on June 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

So we are on the hook for social services and their insurance. All so Obama can buy some votes.

rubberneck on June 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Everybody is reacting just as Zero wants you to. This is a diversion, one designed to get votes, but a diversion none the less. A lot of Americans probably don’t even consider the legality of this decree and will be happy about it. We need to stay on the economy. We can fix all this in January

Jasper65 on June 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Wasn’t Obama getting the hispanic vote anyway?
Aren’t we actually seeing people returning to Mexico because of our economy?
Won’t this alienate the union vote?

Also, it seems the logic from the left is: we’ll give you work permits, in this economy we won’t let grow.

gwelf on June 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I really didn’t think it would get weird this early. The internal polls must be horrendous.

jukin3 on June 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Will this backfire? I’m thinking it might.

tpw on June 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Breaking: oldroy ignores the fact that the replubicans have blocked every single attempt at amnesty, including when Bush was POTUS.

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Um. What exactly has the Republican party done about enforcing our borders and laws?

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

no surprise. he wants to get it out there before romney takes credit.

renalin on June 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I miss Lee Atwater. This would make him lick his chops.

a capella on June 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

No the final, last straw will be an EO legalizing MJ to ensure the slacker vote.

hawkeye54 on June 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

The is the statist rationale of the idiot left, especially Lord Nanny Bloomberg.

A little weed, good.

20 ounce sodas, bad.

A sure loser.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

via drudge:

Plan ‘Tracks Closely to Proposal Offered by Sen. Marco Rubio’…

Good Job, Marco Rubio. Giving Obama and the libs cover on immigration.

It’s almost as bad as Romneycare giving Barry cover on ObamaCare.

When will the Republicans learn????

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

You nailed it port. In addition, I think this boxes Romney in on selecting Rubio for VP.

Hoisted on his own petard.

WisRich on June 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

How is this going to help the economy? That’s the only questions here.

beatcanvas on June 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Altogether now –

“This is the dawning of the Age of Dictatorship;
“The Age of Dictatorshipe; the Age of Dictatorship!”

Since Obama can make all decisions himself without the help of Congress, why do we have elections anyway? Why? So that Obama can start updating his resume in November and join the unemployemnt line, that’s why.

polarglen on June 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Desperation time.

Expect lots of stunts like this between now and election day.

Good Lt on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Or worse. Wait until the lame duck session (which needs to be abolished pronto).

SouthernGent on June 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Work permits? Why not just hand them a roll of Charmin? There are no JOBS.
waterytart on June 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Oh, but there will be soon. Call it the “Put Young Immigrants to Work Measure of 2012″, created by TFHP and paid for by you and I…and it will only cost $100 billion or so.

Bishop on June 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

This may very well be his ‘Caesar Crossing the Rubicon’ moment where he begins to bypass Congress and just declare his own laws. He seeks the throne of dictatorship and needs to be removed from office. I think it is time for the third box (jury) before it is too late.

Wolftech on June 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I should have listened to myself when I thought, “Nah, his desperation will just be funny and sad, not criminal.”

Oh how wrong I was. But then, I shouldn’t have expected less from someone who has shown us he has no respect for our Constitution over the last 3.5 years. Now I’m convinced he probably doesn’t actually

RadioAngel on June 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Well I was wondering what the Friday dump would be this week and my gosh this is about as bad as it gets IMO!

I can not even begin to tell you how much I detest bho and his whole blooming anti-American bunch!
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letget on June 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

no surprise. he wants to get it out there before romney takes credit.

renalin on June 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Heh. Coffee on keyboard. Things are most funny when they are true.

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

So that “pivot” back to jobs and the economy lasted all of what, a day? Back to incredibly cynical political ploys and naked power grabs in order to win votes.

changer1701 on June 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Will this backfire? I’m thinking it might.

tpw on June 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

In a republic with an educated electorate, yeah it would. We don’t have that.

WisRich on June 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

…but if our young people break laws…what then?

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Depends on what side of the bed Eric Holder wakes up on that morning and of course, the skin pigmentation of the young people in question. Is your son a Boy Scout or an FALN terrorist? Because that might come into play as well.

stout77 on June 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Will this backfire? I’m thinking it might.

tpw on June 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

It’ll cost him in the Rust Belt, especially in Ohio and Michigan IMHO.

He was supposedly safe in Nevada and New Mexico, so it won’t help much there.

I guess it is a question of how much it helps him in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida, as all three have large Hispanic immigrant populations.

teke184 on June 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Meh, he might just as well declare martial law, suspend the presidential elections altogether and just proclaim himself Imperial President for Life.

hawkeye54 on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Someone said that they were concerned about what Obama would do once he realized that he would very likely lose. Well it looks like it’s beginning and the election is still a little under 5 months away. This is getting a little scary.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Breaking news. Republican party does nothing. Again.

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM

The Republican Party doesn’t want to do anything about this; the leadership probably signaled its approval, probably in exchange for something; my guess, based on the news this week, is another extension of the Bush tax cuts.

However, as several posters have pointed out, this is a plus for Romney. He has consistantly espoused the most conservative position on illegal immigration. Hispanics won’t vote for him anyway, so he doesn’t lose votes by standing his ground. In fact, this may help him with working class swing state voters, who have seen their wages stagnate due to the cheap labor competition from the illegals. I’d say that the Romney campaign may want to revisit PA very soon.

When an incumbent has to spend most of his time, energy, and money consolidating his base, he’s toast. Obama is in real trouble.

Mr. Arkadin on June 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

He’s desperate.
Looking for votes anywhere he can get em’.
Look for the banishment and mysterious disappearance of ACTUAL LEGAL voters next -as per the ‘alice in wonderland’ world that our beloved urkle president and his minions live in.

Handel on June 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Good Job, Marco Rubio. Giving Obama and the libs cover on immigration.

I get what you’re saying, but US citizens without jobs will remember that 0bama just added 800,000 people to an already depressed jobs market. I’m referring to the job market where you fill out an application on paper and get a check each week, not the job market where you wait in front of Home Depot and get paid straight cash.

Those unemployed voters won’t blame Rubio for what Barry just did.

This costs Rubio any chance he still had of being Romney’s VP, though.

MidniteRambler on June 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Wasn’t Obama getting the hispanic vote anyway?

This is about turnout. And it polls extremely well. Most people think that those brought to the U.S. as children are innocent of any crime and as long as they have been law abiding individuals, particularly if they are military veterans, only the staunchest anti-Latino people will cry foul. Remember how conservative over-reaction to the contraception thing significantly moved the dial for Obama for women voters? This is about hoping that the right does the same thing and pisses off Latino voters. One wonders how the right will respond.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Hmmm. The illegals will only be granted work permits not voting rights. So, how does that add 800,000 new voters to the roles? It will strengthen the Hispanic vote, but who cares? Urkel the Dog Eater is losing support right and left and catering to any specific voting bloc will have no effect to the inevitable outcome.

HiJack on June 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Motor voter registration from DMV and no picture ID at the polls… That’s how the DIMocrats are doing it now in California… and have for DECADES…

Khun Joe on June 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

And this helps the economy again how?

Ignore the shiny objects.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Hispanics won’t vote for him anyway, so he doesn’t lose votes by standing his ground. In fact, this may help him with working class swing state voters, who have seen their wages stagnate due to the cheap labor competition from the illegals. I’d say that the Romney campaign may want to revisit PA very soon.

Some working class people are black or Latino, why don’t you say what you mean, which is you think *white* working class voters will not support the President because of this. But isn’t he losing that demographic anyway?

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Update: At least as far as the Latino community is concerned (and opinion abounds on the electoral significance of Latinos as a voting group, and whether they really vote so monolithically), this is going to present a stiff challenge for Romney’s campaign.

This sucks. Immigration is his only real weakness because of the daunting Hispanic voter numbers across swing-states.

I hope Donald Trump is as outspoken on this issue as he was on the birth certificate. I think Romney is going to need some serious help on this. We need our own celebrities. Andy Garcia would be a great counterpunch to Eva Longoria on this issue since they are co-stars in a current film about Hispanics.

Marco Rubio has not done enough. His version of the DREAM Act is good for a conversation but not policy.

Capitalist Hog on June 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM

DethMetalCookieMonst

on June 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

.
Um. What exactly has the Republican party done about enforcing our borders and laws?

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

.
I wish I could tell you . . . . . . I really do. : (

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM

What other little goodies will be tossed out on upcoming Fridays between now and the election, whether to secure his re-anointment or to set things into cement before vacating his White House?

Après moi le déluge.

Drained Brain on June 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Funnily, this royal edict executive order will make their deportation easier. Once they apply for status, they are on the radar – and when President Romney takes over in January 2013, he voids the EO and instructs law enforcement to deport them using their own applications to locate them.

Archivarix on June 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM

the soft dictatorship of Obama has begun…..

Congress asleep.

Film at 11.

PappyD61 on June 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Why doesn’t this jackass just fire congress and the supreme court and issue and executive order declaring himself king?

And all you lefties gloating over this, we all know you would be having a GD CORNONARY if a Republican president was abusing executive power in this manner.

Kataklysmic on June 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM

You can be sure that Romney will be asked about this on Sunday when he appears on Face the Nation. He needs to point out this this is nothing more than an election gambit. He needs to point out how Barry is abusing proper process of government to pander. He can say that while some aspects of normalizing the status of children who were brought here illegally have to be addressed, the details should be established by collaboration with the legislative branch.

bayview on June 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Wasn’t Obama getting the hispanic vote anyway?
This is about turnout.
libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

From the idiot that “claims” voter ID laws are racist.

VegasRick on June 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

This is about hoping that the right does the same thing and pisses off Latino voters.

Who cares about the Latino voters? Or the black voters, or the women voters, or the gay voters? Mitt will focus on the economy and let Zero play his race cards and sink into gender and class warfare. Stay on target. Stay on target.

HiJack on June 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Loosen deportation rules, immediate citizenship and voting rights just in time for November. Wham! 800,000 instant votes for Obama. Whatta concept!

hawkeye54 on June 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

..in NM, CO, and other strategic locations around this great, wonderful country of ours!

The War Planner on June 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Deportation Desperation rates under President Obama have actually been relatively high

stldave on June 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

It will strengthen the Hispanic vote, but who cares?

HiJack on June 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

What *is* the GOP going to do in 30 years?

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

This is going to be a much larger backfire than SSM. No matter. He’ll just issue an exective order on 11/7 granting himself another term.

Kataklysmic on June 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM

It’s a trap!

Romney needs to be careful here. The following swing states (with electoral votes in parentheses) have significant Hispanic populations and significant illegal immigrant populations: AZ (11), CO (9), FL (29), and NV (6). Obama is making a play for them: “I’ve offered you X, what will Romney offer you?” My guess is that Obama thinks this will help him more in these swing states than it will hurt him in other swing states, like OH and VA.

Romney — as well as all GOP politicians and right-wing pundits — need to avoid making any sort of remarks that Obama can construe as anti-Hispanic.

Better to sound sympathetic and moderate: “None of us want to punish a child who has done nothing wrong, and none of us want to tear apart families. At the same time, we can’t have open borders, and the last thing we want to do is to increase the incentives for even more people to come here illegally. I think President Obama’s approach is the wrong one. Work visas are intended for people who come to this country to fill a need in the labor market. He is abusing his power as president to score political points. Instead, as I have said repeatedly throughout this campaign: We welcome legal immigrants. Ours is a nation of immigrants. We should expand the opportunity for legal immigration, particularly for skilled workers. But we should not allow those who have come here illegally to cut in line. They are welcome to immigrate to the U.S. legally, and they should follow the rules.”

SwampYankee on June 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I love the smell of Obama desperation in the morning.

OxyCon on June 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Who cares about the Latino voters? Or the black voters, or the women voters, or the gay voters? Mitt will focus on the economy and let Zero play his race cards and sink into gender and class warfare. Stay on target. Stay on target.

HiJack on June 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

You can’t win if only the heterosexual white men vote for you, you know that right?

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Within the next 10 days we’re getting a SCOTUS decision on Arizona’s immigration law and Obamacare. I doubt the timing of this is coincidental.

eyedoc on June 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

What does it tell us that he’s doing this 5 months before the election? Is he merely pandering to the hispanics? Or is this part of their grand plan to steal it with illegal votes? Enquiring minds want to know.

Tomolena1 on June 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

This is all about votes. If I were Romney, I would cancel any Sunday shows. Let Boehner, Reid, McConnell and the other House & Senators make their case. It is the Congress that has been stripped of their power, not Romney. Let them answer for it. This action isn’t Romney’s to answer to.

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Obama: Bienvenidos a Mexico del Norte! Vote para mi!

Steve Z on June 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Any legal white unemployed person who is against this, is a racist legal white unemployed person.

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Most people think that those brought to the U.S. as children are innocent of any crime and as long as they have been law abiding individuals, particularly if they are military veterans, only the staunchest anti-Latino illegal immigration people will cry foul.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

.
FIFY.

Racism is a false-charge that is used when all other strategies have failed.

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I’m guessing the legalizing pot thing really will be his last shot He’s done the gay marriage thing, now this.
catmman on June 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Tremendous accomplishments. Remember the picture of him sitting on a couch next to his Pakistani friend from college (holding hands if u look real close) and the other one with his super fly hat on smoking a joint? Is this all we’re going to get from this guy, I mean in addition to a real big debt??

gracie on June 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

President Obama has decided that the Homeland Security Department will no longer deport younger illegal immigrants who haven’t broken the law, and will instead issue them work permits.

Ok, when did they change the definition of “illegal”? When I went to school it meant you “broke the law”. So what’s next? Saying that anything “illegal” is ok now? Will stealing be “ok”? What about murder? After all- those are “illegal”. If they were stealing or committed murder, but didn’t “break the law”, it’s ok right? Ummm… HOW can you steal or murder WITHOUT breaking the law? How can you be here illegally WITHOUT breaking the law???

For some reason when I hear this my mind jumps back to “It all depends on what the definition of ‘IS’ is”

PackerFan4Life on June 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Romney should start running ads with the new unemployment numbers with the extra 800,000, emphasizing that these are the correct numbers when you add in what Obama just did. While he’s at it, he could add in the people who gave up looking for work and advertise the REAL unemployment rate.

The Rogue Tomato on June 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

It’ll improve Hispanic voter turnout, and lose him as many or more non-Hispanic votes in places like the midwest where President Zero can’t really afford to lose votes. That’s why it’s being done on a Friday during the summer time so that hopefully he can sneak it by without too many people noticing.

eyedoc on June 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

What deportation judge would deport a 16 year old without his parents in the first place? I use 16 because that is the age you can get a job. I must be missing something.

txmomof6 on June 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

If I were Romney, I would point out that above all this is UNENFORCEABLE. We would have to hire thousands and thousands of new clerks to investigate the police record and the life history of each of these young illegals to see if they met the criteria.

And they can’t even keep decent records now! They issued visas to the 9/11 bombers six months after they attacked us!

So I would say, this is a piecemeal approach that will end up as mass confusion and mass amnesty.

PattyJ on June 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

the soft dictatorship of Obama has begun…..

Congress asleep.

Film at 11.

PappyD61 on June 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Nothing “soft” about it, but I get your point.

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

It’s a trap!

Romney needs to be careful here. The following swing states (with electoral votes in parentheses) have significant Hispanic populations and significant illegal immigrant populations: AZ (11), CO (9), FL (29), and NV (6). Obama is making a play for them: “I’ve offered you X, what will Romney offer you?” My guess is that Obama thinks this will help him more in these swing states than it will hurt him in other swing states, like OH and VA.

SwampYankee on June 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM

If he honestly thinks that then he is even more stupid than any of us could ever imagine because no matter what he does outside of giving every person in the state of Ohio $1,000,000, he’s not winning Ohio. I mean he’s behind in Ohio right this second as it is.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

How are these people going to prove that they have been here since before the age of 16?

I guess we can check their passports.

Oh, wait…..

UltimateBob on June 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

This is about turnout. And it polls extremely well.

OOOOooooohhhhh….this is about turnout and gaining a few ticks in the polls, why didn’t you say so? Whatever it takes to get more votes for TFHP, that’s what I say.

Bishop on June 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I wonder how cousin “Pookie” will react.

SouthernGent on June 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Amnesty

cmsinaz on June 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I know that if I’m wrong someone will correct me, but didn’t this very same gesture get turned down by a Democratically controlled Congress? So, I guess this means all Democrats are on board now. The emperor is making this all to easy for the Republicans, my suggestion to Republicans is, “stop being nitwits” use this against him and all other Democrats.

DDay on June 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I just called my Dem Senator, Mark Pryor, about this and the aide who answered was quite hostile. They must be getting hit hard over this. I said that 800,000 unemployed US citizens might not appreciate the move and that an EO is not a substitute for actual legislation.

Charlemagne on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Any legal white unemployed person who is against this, is a racist legal white unemployed person.

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Remind me, which side tries to divide people from one another again? The underlying structures of the economy are jacked up and capitalists have you sniping at latino kids. You’re being played for a chump. You know, I find those “plantation” metaphors ridiculous, but they seem apt when thinking about working class white voters and the GOP. Instead of understanding themselves as having quite a bit in common with the black and latino working class, they act like they are just temporarily in a bad state and any minute now they’re going to inherit their deserved privilege. So they vote for candidates who prop up class privilege for others on the chance that one day they’ll land there. Its sad to behold, truly.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

You can be sure that Romney will be asked about this on Sunday when he appears on Face the Nation. He needs to point out this this is nothing more than an election gambit. He needs to point out how Barry is abusing proper process of government to pander. He can say that while some aspects of normalizing the status of children who were brought here illegally have to be addressed, the details should be established by collaboration with the legislative branch.

bayview on June 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

..he can also say that the Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance on this is the bleeding heart mantra of “would you deport an innocent 16-year-old child who has done nothing, obeyed the law, and his/her only fault is that they were brought here by their parents” is extended to the parents: “Would you deport the parents of an innocent 16-year-old child who..”

And that means that those folks (the parents) will be here to take jobs from legal immigrant workers and American citizens AND perforce, their children will need to continue their education and have their healthcare paid for by the taxpayer.

Sucks!

The War Planner on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

What *is* the GOP going to do in 30 years?

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Minorities actually have a lot of conservative views – including hispanics. In 30 years the entitlement state will have collapsed or been seriously scaled backed and reformed so Democrats won’t be able to pander to their current voters with government redistribution. Immigration won’t be as much of an issue for hispanics in 30 years and they won’t have a reason to prefer Democrats.

gwelf on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Obama: Bienvenidos a Mexico del Norte! Vote para mi!

Steve Z on June 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM

We don’t speak Romanian here, take it somewhere else.

Bishop on June 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Work permits? Why not just hand them a roll of Charmin? There are no JOBS.
waterytart on June 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Might as well call them “Unemployment Permits”.

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I’ve taken to calling job applications “rejection slips.”

My GF keeps telling me to knock it off and be positive…I ask her WTF is there to be positive *about*?

MelonCollie on June 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

You know today would be an awesome day for the SCOTUS to rule on ObamaCare and the Arizona law.

gophergirl on June 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

How are these people going to prove that they have been here since before the age of 16?

I guess we can check their passports.

Oh, wait…..

UltimateBob on June 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

School records, obviously.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

This is a desperate move and will very likely lead to a backlash with the electorate……even the uneducated ones!

tomshup on June 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

..So they vote for candidates who prop up class privilege for others on the chance that one day they’ll land there. Its sad to behold, truly.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

..nowhere near as tragic as the tortured logic you purvey on a daily basis here.

The War Planner on June 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

And this helps the economy again how?

Ignore the shiny objects.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Exactly! The Economy, The Economy…The Economy

Obama will do more stupid stunts like this before the election. Don’t take the bait. Romney right now is winning on the three most important issues: The Economy, Jobs and the National Debt. Control those three hills and win this election. Obama is trying to get us to charge up the “Immigration Hill” which will take resources and time at the expense of the three hills that matter most.

If anything this will anger some Union voters who are already disillusioned with Obama and might just push them over the edge.

William Eaton on June 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM

You can’t win if only the heterosexual white men vote for you, you know that right?

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Actually, trollabyte, you can’t win if people sense you have no solutions to what ails the nation. Especially, when you’re the cause of what ails the nation. Obama got elected partly because he lied to the country about how he was going to unite us. Now that he has proven himself to be the Great Divider, and this is just the latest example, people will see him for what he really is. Those people, that is, who were duped by him four years ago. His people and the rest of the mentally unbalanced left are given up for hopeless and blind sheep.

HiJack on June 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM

You know who this should really piss off? The people who got visas or naturalized the bureaucratic, expensive, tedious, and LEGAL WAY.

I know a few who will be on the nuclear side of angry…

CorporatePiggy on June 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Remind me, which side tries to divide people from one another again? The underlying structures of the economy are jacked up and capitalists have you sniping at latino kids. You’re being played for a chump. You know, I find those “plantation” metaphors ridiculous, but they seem apt when thinking about working class white voters and the GOP. Instead of understanding themselves as having quite a bit in common with the black and latino working class, they act like they are just temporarily in a bad state and any minute now they’re going to inherit their deserved privilege. So they vote for candidates who prop up class privilege for others on the chance that one day they’ll land there. Its sad to behold, truly.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

You are a very good marxist. Stupid – but you know your talking points very well. Only to a marxist is liberty the same as “class privilege”. Capitalism has done more than any other economic system to end poverty and erase class distinctions than any other system. Look at any system based on the crap you tout and you don’t find equality, liberty or a classless society – you find dictators and oppressed serfs.

gwelf on June 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

THIS is Obama’s Waterloo.

Opposition to illegal immigration crosses party lines. On many fronts, it’s a big loser for Obama and his thugocracy. Not only is he adding 800,000 (the real # is probably much higher) to a severely depressed job market but, once again, he flips the bird to the Constitution and ignores the legislative process.

I agree that the economy is the #1 issue but this one will deal a critical blow.

SheVee on June 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Oh look! Its President von Papen!

Valkyriepundit on June 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Pure election year politics.

This may help him with the so-called “Hispanic” vote. But it may hurt him with independents. Not necessarily the policy itself, which some independents may support. The raw blatant divisive political pandering in an election year may turn off many independents.

farsighted on June 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

And that means that those folks (the parents) will be here to take jobs from legal immigrant workers and American citizens AND perforce, their children will need to continue their education and have their healthcare paid for by the taxpayer.

Sucks!

The War Planner on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

If we funded secondary education through the sales tax, rather than through property taxes that would solve that problem and how. But then middle class suburbanites wouldn’t have much leverage over district lines and people might not be able to keep their kids away from those “bad” inner city children.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Remind me, which side tries to divide people from one another again?

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

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That would be socialized-government minded people.

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

It’s official: we live in a dictatorship. Our republic is gone.

TarheelBen on June 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

You’re being played for a chump.
libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

“I will have the troops out within a year.”

“I will allow a five day public review of all legislation.”

“I will lower the deficit.”

“I will close Gitmo within 100 days.”

“I will stop renditions.”

“I will keep the unemployment rate below 8%.”

“I will create ten million jobs in my first term.”

“I will put five million electric cars on the road.”

“I will…I will…I will…”

Welcome to Chumpville, Chumpster McChumpychump.

Bishop on June 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Congress had damned well better object.

Happy Nomad on June 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I’m sure the steely-spined Mr. Boehner is preparing a harshly worded censure as we speak.

Right Mover on June 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Isn’t it racism to put predominantly Hispanic Illegals ahead of all those other people who did things the right way? Do we owe something to the people who did this the right way and now these people get a short-cut?

We have a path to citizenship already. It starts down at the Consolate. You fill out the paperwork and follow the rules like everyone else.

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Pandering, egotistical jerk.

rplat on June 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I favor documenting illegal aliens. Without such documentation, illegals get de facto privileged citizenship – they can get pulled over drunk, with an open container, and no driver’s license and are simply let go because the cops don’t want to have to deal with them. They can file fraudulent tax returns claiming 15 child tax credits for “nieces and nephews” supposedly living in Mexico with impunity – they know the IRS isn’t going to come after them; and if they do, what will the IRS do about it? They, like the cops, don’t want to deal with it.

That said. It doesn’t appear that what Obama is doing is legal, or very politically astute given the high levels of unemployment already. I certainly wouldn’t call it a “work permit.”

besser tot als rot on June 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM

If we funded secondary education through the sales tax, rather than through property taxes that would solve that problem and how. But then middle class suburbanites wouldn’t have much leverage over district lines and people might not be able to keep their kids away from those “bad” inner city children.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Care to give in on Vouchers then? Not that this is the topic or anything….

oldroy on June 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives.

They were breaking the law every day they were here. There is no such thing as an illegal alien who leads a law-abiding life. This is a direct offense to America. Add this assault on American sovereignty to the already extensive list of impeachable acts by the Dog-Eating, America-hating retard.

If Congress isn’t willing to defend the limits of Presidential power – which this Indonesian piece of sh!t has violated time and time again, then there will be nothing left of our system. If they don’t impeach this miserable America-hater then they should all be considered to be aiding and abetting the destruction of our Constitution.

This is beyond crazy.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Unemployed must really be trilled with having 800.000 more looking for jobs.

He black and hispanic heritage citizens, can you hold your job or will this improve your chance of getting employment?

huntingmoose on June 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I guess you guys have given up on Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. How does this move help you there?

William Eaton on June 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM

If we funded secondary education through the sales tax, rather than through property taxes that would solve that problem and how.

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Well I’ll be – an intelligent solution!

Keep it up and maybe you’ll be promoted from troll status.

MelonCollie on June 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Welcome to Chumpville, Chumpster McChumpychump.

Bishop on June 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM

That’s gonna leave a mark.

bigmacdaddy on June 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM

The Obama administration is likely to deny that politics played a role in the announcement, but the timing is ideal for the president’s reelection campaign.

The Kool Aid drinkers won’t even notice.

However, the UNEMPLOYED just might.

Or is Barry thinking that he can also grant citizenship and the right to vote?

GarandFan on June 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM

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