President Barack Obama’s speech delivered earlier today from the White House Rose Garden focused heavily on U.S. immigration policy – a dicey topic for the President in an election year where people of color count as a critical part of votes needed for his reelection.
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Obama gamely spoke to the press gathered in the garden to declare a measure that will effectively end the deportation of several thousand young illegal immigrants who were brought to American shores by their parents.
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Despite right-wing Republican and conservative opposition to this step, which the President carefully said was not amnesty or immunity, criticism of the White House’s decision displays insensitivity towards young Hispanics and other immigrant children of color who had no control of their decision to come to America. According to Obama and the Department of Homeland Security, the measure is simply temporary with hopes that Congress will follow suit and pass more permanent legislation, such as the halted DREAM Act that would grant citizenship to many immigrants who are seeking legitimacy.
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From the speech:
Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.