Friday, August 19, 2011

Dream Act without Congressional approval?

By Bud Foster

President Obama has taken policy action which may allow thousands of people who face deportation to stay in the country.

A change in Homeland Security policy announced by DHS chief Janet Napolitano, will handle 300,000 deportation cases on an individual, case by case basis.

Anyone convicted of a crime or is deemed a hardened criminal will immediately be deported.

Those who have not committed crimes may be allowed to apply for a work visa and stay.

Many of those are thought to be eligible for the Dream Act.

They are young people who were brought to this country by their parent who may have been illegal.

The children may have gone on to college or have been honorable discharged from the military.

"You're talking about kids who have played by the rules, done well in school, never got in trouble," says Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, a Democrat from District 7.

Grijalva agrees with the description of a mini-Dream Act.

"The President and administration have basically extended to dream act kids the opportunity to stay in the country," he says.

But the policy change does not have universal approval.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer calls it "backdoor amnesty" and says "this is not how democracy works."

The Arizona Cattlemen's Association says the "ranching community is outraged."

They feel the President's actions put border security issues on the back burner.

Some Border Patrol officers are not happy with the decision saying it "devalues American laws."

Brandon Judd, the director for the Border Patrol's union says the agents "want the laws they enforce to mean something."

"It's very disappointing," he says.

Grijalva says the President will take some criticism for the decision and hopes there will be a debate.

"I hope it doesn't get shrill," he says.



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