A new program intended to shield thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, and allow them to attend college and obtain better jobs, took effect yesterday. Meanwhile, a half dozen immigrants with criminal records were recently charged in Western Washington federal court and will soon be kicked out of the country. Does this mean we've finally struck a balance in regard to immigration enforcement?
The new program is modeled after the DREAM Act, a measure stalled in Congress that proposes granting permanent residency to high school graduates or military veterans brought to the U.S. as children. President Obama took action on his own in June and announced that the same demographic will now qualify for work authorization and a two-year "deferment" from deportation.
With immigration being the hot-button issue it is, it's not surprising the post inspired some feedback, including a comment from commenter WadeGraham.
Obama is inching us closer to a sensible immigration system, but there's a long way to go. He needs some help from Congress - passing the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform next year is the way to go. Continue weeding out criminals for deportation, but this definition needs some accountability - sometimes a low-level misdemeanor leads to deportation.
Deferred action is a great first step and it's inspiring to see these talented youth get a shot at college, work, and making their dreams come true.