Video of President Obama’s decision not to deport kids of illegal migrants

Here’s a heckler-free clip of President Barack Obama on deportation waivers for young illegal immigrants, via the Washington Post:

Click here to read the Homeland Security memo from Janet Napolitano, laying out the Obama administration’s decision not to deport young people who came to the U.S. with their illegal immigrant parents.

Among the requirements for a deportation waiver:

– came to the United States under the age of 16;

– has continuously lived in the United states for [at] least five years….;

– is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or the Armed Forces of the United States;

– has not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and

– is not above the age of 30.

The breakdown from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama eased enforcement of immigration laws Friday, offering a chance for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work. Immediately embraced by Hispanics, the extraordinary step touched off an election-year confrontation with congressional Republicans.

“Let’s be clear, this is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship, this is not a permanent fix,” Obama said from the White House Rose Garden. “This is the right thing to do.”

The policy change will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the “DREAM Act,” congressional legislation that would establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who attend college or join the military.

Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation 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. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed.

Obama said the change would become effective immediately to “lift the shadow of deportation from these young people.”

The step, to be carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, comes one week before Obama plans to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is to speak to the group on Thursday.

“Many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote in a memorandum describing the administration’s action. “Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”

The policy closely tracks a proposal being drafted by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a potential vice presidential running mate for Romney, as an alternative to the DREAM Act, formally the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act.

While many Republican lawmakers decried the Obama administration’s move, Rubio offered a tempered response.

“Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short-term answer to a long-term problem,” Rubio said in a statement. “And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short-term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long-term one.”

Midway through his remarks, Obama was interrupted by a reporter from a conservative online publication, Neil Munro of the Daily Caller, who shouted, “Why do you favor foreigners over American workers?” Clearly irritated, Obama said that he was explaining the policy, not looking for an argument, and that the change was the “right thing to do for the American people.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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71 comments Add your comment

Common Sense

June 15th, 2012
10:40 am

Homeland Security? It should be renamed Homeland Insecurity.

Everyone thinks that this is about illegal Hispanics.

It’s not

Double Zero Eight

June 15th, 2012
10:46 am

Illegal immigrants are here to stay,
unless they commit a crime and
are caught in the act.

Neither party will enforce the current
immigration laws. They are not willing
to risk the Latino vote. Anyone that
thinks otherwise is naive.

Question Man

June 15th, 2012
10:49 am

Might this be a start of a sensible discussion on how to deal with immigration?

Marlboro Man

June 15th, 2012
10:50 am

Welcome to the machine.

Old timer

June 15th, 2012
10:55 am

Vote buying at its finest.

unincorporated

June 15th, 2012
10:56 am

There is no mention of illegals in the bible.

Bubba Fetchapeach

June 15th, 2012
10:58 am

Fraud, fake, fool, the greatest threat to the US, Brack Husein Obama, he pull the biggest con job on the public in history. A guy that never did a thing but lie about his accomplishments.

Double Zero Eight

June 15th, 2012
11:02 am

@ unincorporated

You are correct. There is no mention
of speeding either, but it is against the
law.

Mention that to a cop in the event you
are stopped for speeding, and see if
that helps you.

dbj

June 15th, 2012
11:04 am

How does Obama’s move today to expand the labor pool help create jobs or increase wages?

Courtney

June 15th, 2012
11:10 am

IMPEACH HIM. He has been a COMPLETE FAILURE in every aspect.

kewl

June 15th, 2012
11:11 am

I appreciate the humanity of my President. I welcome everyone to jump in the melting pot. The xenophobes are being deluded and a beautiful wave is on the move.

td

June 15th, 2012
11:12 am

So if you are older then 30 and an illegal then you are going to get booted out of the country. Would love to see the age breakdown on Hispanic voter approval of Obama.

Rev Al

June 15th, 2012
11:13 am

Yawwnnn……the Greek elections on Sunday have FAR more impact than this drivel……

Aquagirl

June 15th, 2012
11:13 am

How does Obama’s move today to expand the labor pool help create jobs or increase wages

It lessens the tax burden because we won’t be spending money deporting people who have committed no crime. They can go to school or pursue other avenues that will hopefully end in productive citizenship instead of joining a permanent underclass dependent on subsidies.

DannyX

June 15th, 2012
11:15 am

“I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally,”

President Ronald Reagan

derwood

June 15th, 2012
11:15 am

WAHT PART OF ILLEGAL DOESN’T THE DARN STUPID, ILLITERATE ELECTED OFFICIALS UNDERSTAND. WE HAVE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS IN BOTH PARTIES IN WASHINGTON. THEY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT AMERICA. IT IS ALL ABOUT WHICH PARTY WINS AND HOW MUCH THEY CAN MAKE UNDER THE TABLE.

Obyebye

June 15th, 2012
11:16 am

After reading this, I’m not on the fence anymore. Obama needs to go. I’m voting for Romney.

MB

June 15th, 2012
11:21 am

Good move Mr. President. Should have done it the moment it was realized that the Dream Act was going nowhere with the “do nothing” Congress.

Innocent Bystander

June 15th, 2012
11:21 am

Any lawyers out there looking to do some pro bono work suing the President for violating US immigration laws?

speedy fingers

June 15th, 2012
11:23 am

Very transparent vote pandering. Quelle surprise. Just goes to show how desperate he is.

Legal and Latina

June 15th, 2012
11:24 am

Smart move to generate more votes and more income taxes! Vote 2012!!!

the cat

June 15th, 2012
11:26 am

Way to go Mr. President. Obama 2012

unincorporated

June 15th, 2012
11:29 am

Who would deport Jesus?

Aquagirl

June 15th, 2012
11:30 am

WAHT PART OF ILLEGAL DOESN’T THE DARN STUPID, ILLITERATE ELECTED OFFICIALS UNDERSTAND.

Look on the bright side….there will be more illegals for hire to fix your caps lock key.

catlady

June 15th, 2012
11:32 am

Will these young people then be able to sponsor others?

Legal and Latina

June 15th, 2012
11:34 am

Illegal immigrants also include illegal African, Asian, Canadian, and Caribbean immigrants also. Not only Hispanics are included in this illegal equation.

Aquagirl

June 15th, 2012
11:34 am

catlady—this doesn’t affect anyone’s citizenship status, so presumably the answer is no.

catlady

June 15th, 2012
11:36 am

Will they be eligible for public benefits? (Eventually) Social Security?

Will they be able to teach derwood correct English?

WOW

June 15th, 2012
11:45 am

@ Catlady:

Since they are not citizens they are not eligible to receive public benefits.

As for the vote buying, they can’t vote, they are not ciitizens. This is about the humane treatment of young people who didn’t knowingly break a law, they were brought here by their parents.

Way to Go Mr. President!

td

June 15th, 2012
11:51 am

Legal and Latina

June 15th, 2012
11:34 am

Illegal immigrants also include illegal African, Asian, Canadian, and Caribbean immigrants also. Not only Hispanics are included in this illegal equation

SO? Illegal is illegal no matter what the race or ethnicity and they all should go back to their country of origin in get in the back of the line if they want to come here legally.

MrLiberty

June 15th, 2012
11:53 am

He also said that his Injustice Department wasn’t going to go after LEGAL medical marijuana dispensaries or their clients. Now nearly every day some group of scum from the DEA, Injustice, etc. are making SWAT-like raids on completely legal businesses all over California. Many of those same folks along with USDA scum are raiding legal establishments that sell raw dairy products.

Obama will say and do whatever pleases the favored group of voters at the moment. He has no principles, certainly doesn’t care about freedom or liberty, and has absolutely no respect for US sovereignty or the constitution. Romney doesn’t either, so the future is quite grim for us all.

td

June 15th, 2012
11:53 am

WOW

June 15th, 2012
11:45 am

You know as well as I know and anyone with any common sense knows that illegals ARE voting and the Obama administration is doing everything they can to keep illegals voting (look at their fights against Florida, Texas and NC for examples).

Needs to be said

June 15th, 2012
11:55 am

Somewhere is this large group of “illegal” children is a Kenyan child dreaming of a day when he/she might become president of the United States too.

GaBlue

June 15th, 2012
12:04 pm

Wait… what? “Illegals ARE voting?” and “Anyone with any common sense knows that?” Reeeeeeealllly?

That’s interesting. You mean the people who risk much to come here to work for low pay so they can feed their otherwise starving families RISK detection leading and deportation by showing up to government facilities bearing false IDs just to register to vote, and then RISK same all over again on election day? They’re going to stand their barely-speaking-English behinds in a government-sponsored line…. In GEORGIA? So…. so they can vote for Democrats? In GEORGIA? Because… someone told them their every-so-risky voter behavior would make a difference here? HAHAHAHAHA!

td

June 15th, 2012
12:10 pm

GaBlue

June 15th, 2012
12:04 pm

You can sit there with your blinders on and act like a fool if you want too but I will bet you every dollar I have that illegals have voted. BTW: illegals come into the DFCS office each and everyday and apply for welfare benefits for their children that were born here, so your whole argument is just plain nonsense.

DannyX

June 15th, 2012
12:14 pm

td, I guess you will no longer be supporting Marco Rubio as a potential Romney running mate.

You must be furious that Rubio gave this idea to Obama.

WOW

June 15th, 2012
12:20 pm

@ TD:

GA Blue has it right, if you really think they are more concerned with voting than being able to stay in the country then your blinders are on. As for them applying for benefits for their children, the children are citiizens and should be treated like any other children (I call that humane). The benefits only cover the citizen and not the non-citizen so they DONT receive public benefits.

GaBlue

June 15th, 2012
12:22 pm

td,

I didn’t make an argument, so therefore, it is not possible that my “whole argument is just plain nonsense.” I did, however, laugh at you. You’re a funny guy.

DannyX

June 15th, 2012
12:23 pm

td
January 21st, 2012
3:42 pm

“Who ever the GOP nominee is should not even consider anyone else besides either Marko Rubio or Allen West.”

td, I guess that leaves only crazy Allen West as the only candidate Romney should consider. LOL!

pb

June 15th, 2012
12:30 pm

What is wrong with allowing the kids of illegals to stay here? What choice did they have in coming here illegally with their parents? I am usually on Republican side, but they are wrong on this one. You can call it vote buying if you want, and maybe it is, but it just the humane way to treat this issue. Republicans look like fear mongers on this issue.

Ray Brent Marsh

June 15th, 2012
12:32 pm

Deport anchor baby Romney back to Mexico

dc

June 15th, 2012
12:34 pm

If I were Joe Biden I’d be seriously scared…..he’s the next one to go, replaced by Hlillary. ANYTHING to get BO reelected, because if that doesn’t happen, the seas will rise again.

td

June 15th, 2012
12:34 pm

WOW

June 15th, 2012
12:20 pm

@ TD:

” The benefits only cover the citizen and not the non-citizen so they DONT receive public benefits.”

So are you trying to tell us that that illegal momma does not eat the food she buys and prepares for the citizen child?

td

June 15th, 2012
12:38 pm

DannyX

June 15th, 2012
12:23 pm

I do not have to support every position of a candidate to support the candidate. If Rubio is selected then I will support him as a candidate but will oppose his version of the dream act the same way I did with GWB.

td

June 15th, 2012
12:40 pm

I do not want to hear any of you libs complain when Romney is elected President and declares all abortions illegal (Due to the preservation of human life and because Congress will not act) since Obama is setting the precedents for this type of action now and you libs are supporting it.

Ray Brent Marsh

June 15th, 2012
12:42 pm

TD: If the Illegals are voting, I guess that just makes up for all of the citizens who have been unjustly disenfranchised as a result of past and ongoing Republican efforts to manipulate voter rolls and rules. The Republicans resort to “voter suppression” strategies because they are afraid that they can’t win based on their mean-spirited agenda and their slavish committment to protecting the rights and properties of the super-rich. If you have evidence of illegals voting, bring it on–maybe you can check out the evidence of how much they pay in taxes while you’re at it.

GaBlue

June 15th, 2012
12:43 pm

td,

How DO you sleep at night, knowing that somewhere, somehow, a mother and child who (in your opinion) “don’t belong here” actually managed to get enough food into their bellies to not go to bed hungry? GOSH, that must be so difficult for you, knowing your deserving belly is only slightly more full than the belly of an undeserving infant or the cursed wretch who brought him into this world rather than aborting him? Bless your heart!

DannyX

June 15th, 2012
12:44 pm

“I do not want to hear any of you libs complain when Romney is elected President and declares all abortions illegal (Due to the preservation of human life and because Congress will not act) since Obama is setting the precedents for this type of action now and you libs are supporting it.”

That is hysterical nonsense td, a president cannot undo a Supreme Court judgement. However, a president does have the authority to give amnesty.

double

June 15th, 2012
12:47 pm

Getting aid for your anchor baby,may be akin to taking bribes from lobbyist.

td

June 15th, 2012
1:05 pm

DannyX

June 15th, 2012
12:44 pm

And how many SCOTUS decisions has there been on immigration? I think the current formation of the court may go along with that type of Romney decision so I think I may higher recommend it to him when he becomes President.