President Obama made it clear Friday that he's not waiting till term two (just the very last moments of term one) to try and push forward some kind of policy regarding immigration reform. With an announcement from the Rose Garden, President Obama unilaterally eased enforcement on the nation's immigration laws by offering immediate immunity from deportation to illegal immigrants if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. The Associated Press notes that under the administration's plan, illegal immigrants can also apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed. The policy will not lead toward citizenship but will remove the threat of deportation and grant illegal immigrants the ability to work legally.
Mitt Romney immediately criticized the move of his general election opponent, claiming that if elected, he will work to overturn the policy.
“I believe the status of young people who come here through no fault of their own is an important matter to be considered and should be solved on a long term basis so they know what their future would be in this country,” Romney said Friday. “I think the action the president took today makes it more difficult to reach that long term solution because an executive order is of course just a short term matter, it can be reversed by subsequent presidents.”
In the heat of the general election campaign with winning over the Hispanic demographic of great importance nationally, as well as in key swing states, the "Real News" panel discussed the timing of the president's immigration announcement and how the plan matches up to President Obama's previous positions regarding the issue. The announcement also calls to attention the growing policy of this administration to ignore laws that they dont like. From enforcing DOMA to deportation, how does the administration continue to get away with ignoring their duty to enforce the law?