This morning President Obama signed an executive order that will stop deportation of young undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria. Click here for story.
According to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the immigrants that President Obama are preventing from deportation are younger than 30, came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military. These young people can get a two-year deferral from deportation.
An onslaught of harsh accusations erupted from Arizona Republican politicians in response to the executive order postponing deportation. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Governor Jan Brewer and Senator John McCain all accused the President today of blatant political pandering.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is notoriously referred to as The World’s Toughest Sheriff, has attacked the president stating, “This is a step towards amnesty.” He further stated that he believes Obama is using the issues of illegal immigration, the DREAM Act and the young people affected by as “a political pawn.”
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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer also had an angry response to Obama’s executive order stating, “This is backdoor Amnesty,” and “Securing the border should be the priority,” and spoke emotionally about heavily armed and violent smugglers on the borders. When a reporter at the press conference asked the governor what the violent smugglers has to do with young immigrants who were born here and have no criminal record, Brewer responded that we are dealing with two separate issues. Less than 30 seconds later, Brewer stated, “These issues are all wrapped up together.”
Brewer stated that she expects a ruling on the Senate bill 1070 on Monday and called this action by the President, a “Pre-emptive Strike.” Brewer said that Obama is providing nearly a million illegal immigrants documentation and that “…the economy is not so good thanks to him [President Obama],” and these illegals will be a further burden on America as we will have to provide healthcare and other things. “The economy is down, job growth is down, except here in Arizona, but overall its down and now we have a million more people competing for jobs.”
So why are the Republicans so angry about the President issuing an executive order to temporarily stop deportation of law-abiding, native-born, successful people who haven’t been a burden on society their entire lives? Immigration is a hot topic during this election year. There is a struggle between the State of Arizona and the Federal Government over State verses Federal rights and laws on the topic. Sheriff Arpaio has stated that he will continue to “uphold the letter of the law.” Does that mean he will ignore the executive order? Jan Brewer stated that she will “Give some thought,” to legally challenging the order.
It seems to me that those who are opposing the President on this temporary order are over-looking something vitally important in favor of political ranting and pissing contests. The individuals involved; who have no other home, who have obeyed the laws, and who mostly don’t even speak Spanish. Where would these people go if deported? They are educated, law-abiding citizens whose only crime was being born to non-legal immigrant parents. If deported, they would be forced to leave their families, their schools, their homes and the only lifestyle they have ever known. They did not come here illegally. They have done nothing wrong except to be born.
Apparently anything President Obama does prior to the election will bring down harsh criticism from his adversaries.