Younger illegal immigrants hit the Obama defacto amnesty jackpot
Today the President unleashed a fiery platform pitting unemployed Americans against a critically important voting block Mr. Obama needs to ensure reelection, Hispanics. With the swipe of his Presidential pen, Obama announced that “younger illegal immigrants” are eligible for deferment on deportation and will get work visas.
“We have always drawn strength from being a nation of immigrants, as well as a nation of laws, and that’s going to continue,” Obama said from the Rose Garden. “And my hope is that Congress recognizes that and gets behind this effort.”
However, the defacto “amnesty” orders bypassed Congress, is effective immediately and will set up key immigration promises for the hotly contested presidential race.
GOP nominee, Mitt Romney responded to the President’s Executive Order as an affront to solving the issue without Congress and said it will not give “young illegal aliens” any long term certainty. He went on to say that an Executive Order doesn’t mean it won’t be overturned. Even President Obama admitted this action was only a temporary stopgap measure, but said “it was the right thing to do.”
“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”
Under the directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for a deferred action:
* Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
* Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
* Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
* Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
* Are not above the age of thirty.
The nation’s unemployment picture isn’t rosy
While the Obama Administration plays the “fairness” card, those who can’t find a job are cringing at the prospect of competing with an additional 800,000 Hispanics under the age of 30.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in May of 2012 there were 2.4 million marginally attached unemployed persons. By definition these people were not currently in the labor force, but wanted and were ready for work. These Americans had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. The number edged up from 2.2 million and continues a grim statistic that shows the 2012 unemployment rates have steadily inched upward. “Among the marginally attached, there were 830,000 discouraged workers in May. Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.”
“Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.8 percent) and Hispanics (11.0 percent) edged up in May, while the rates for adult women (7.4 percent), teenagers (24.6 percent), whites (7.4 percent), and blacks (13.6 percent) showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.2 percent in May, down from 7.0 percent a year earlier. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) rose from 5.1 to 5.4 million in May. These individuals accounted for 42.8 percent of the unemployed,” the federal government reported.
The Executive Order takes effect immediately, and USCIS and ICE said they expect to begin implementation of the application processes within sixty days. For more information on the new policy www.uscis.gov, ICE www.ice.gov or DHS www.dhs.gov. Beginning Monday, individuals can also call USCIS’ hotline at 1-800-375-5283 or ICE’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 during business hours.
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