The reaction is mixed to the stay of deportation for as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants. President Obama issued an order late last week to allow these illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. if they can meet certain requirements.
They must be younger than 30 years and have graduated from high school. They also must have no criminal record, must have been brought to the U.S. before they turned 16, and have lived in this country for five consecutive years. If they meet all the qualifications, they apparently will be able to stay and work in this country.
The reaction to this presidential order, bypassing Congress, is mixed. Of course, many feel it was a political move in an election year. Others say the order is overdue — should have happened years ago.
Those who view it as political say President Obama is taking a risk in this issue but add that he is running out of options since the economy fix hasn’t happened and the rest of his record doesn’t give him much to run on in seeking a second term. His order delighted many Hispanic voters who usually vote Democrat. He probably has strengthened his position with them.
This move does add to actions taken by the president in bypassing Congress and using his executive powers in making it easier for gays and lesbians to marry, women to obtain birth control and opening the closet door for gays in the military. A Republican spokesperson said Obama’s deportation stop order for some illegal immigrants is more of his pandering, “patently political and self-serving.”
The decision by Obama does enforce the feeling many people have that the president governs geared to being re-elected. However, the economy is on the minds of most voters. Many of the actions he has taken are aimed at people who probably would support him anyway. Is he fearful he is losing ground with them and must shore up his support?
In the meantime, political eyes are focused on the U.S. Supreme Court, which could make its decision on Obamacare any day. These are anxious days for the president and all Americans. Coming in an election year makes the decision even more critical. We await the reactions to the decision.