Poll: Do You Agree With President Obama's Immigration Policy?

President Obama's immigration policy will allow young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally to seek work permits.


The Obama administration announced that it will no longer deport younger immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children and will begin issuing work permits to them, The Huffington Post reported.

The permits only would be available to individuals who had led law-abiding lives, the website reported. As many as 800,000 people could be affected by the policy change.

"Today, I am announcing that effective immediately, young people brought to U.S. by no fault of their own and meet several criteria no longer are removed from country or entered into removal proceedings,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said to Fox News.

Fox News reported that immigrants will have had to live in the U.S. for five years, be younger than 30, and have arrived before they turned 16 to qualify.

The Los Angeles Times reported that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said that the policy change "ignores the rule of law that is the foundation of our democracy. This huge policy shift has horrible consequences for unemployed Americans looking for jobs and violates President Obama’s oath to uphold the laws of this land."

Florida Congressman Allen West told Fox news that the policy change was an example of "executive overreach." West told Fox that the change should have been debated as legislation by Congress.

The policy change accomplishes many of the goals of the DREAM Act, which passed the House in 2010 but stalled in the Senate, the Huffington Post reported.

"This grant of deferred action is not immunity," the website quoted Napolitano. "It is not amnesty. It is an exercise of discretion so that these young people are not in the removal system. It will help us to continue to streamline immigration enforcement and ensure that resources are not spent pursuing the removal of low-priority cases involving productive young people."

Raymond Prusak June 21, 2012 at 01:51 AM
yes. i am proud of my past work no matter how you may view it annonymously from your cave. you, sir or madame or cur, are a coward! post your name or continute to be a coward
Life is Good June 21, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Well I must be a bit more educated than you seeing as I have never been disciplined . I wouldn't be so proud if I were in your shoes. My cave? I happen to like my cave with 6 bedrooms and over 6000 sq, feet of cave! And why does it bother you so much that you don't know my name? It really has nothing to do with anything, yet it bothers you so much. If you spent half the time and energy on getting your business squared maybe you would be at work as opposed to spewing your diatribes here!
Richard Schulte June 21, 2012 at 02:26 AM
No reason to take Mr. Prusak serioiusly-based upon his posts, he's obviously unbalanced. May God watch over you sir.
Steinar Andersen June 21, 2012 at 02:35 AM
That would be..... no.
Steinar Andersen June 21, 2012 at 02:42 AM
You are making an Assumption that I read children's tales as an adult and ski during the winter. Generalizations..... its what's for dinner......... ~see? subtle humor always wins.......
Steinar Andersen June 21, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I look forward to your first meaningful and well constructed sentence.
Steinar Andersen June 21, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Ahhhhh........... <lightbulb>
Steinar Andersen June 21, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I am stunned..........
Steinar Andersen June 21, 2012 at 02:54 AM
See? And done without any malice (amusement for everyone). Hope you enjoyed that.........
Steinar Andersen June 21, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Words matter, Mr. Prusak. In every interaction with others on websites such as these, you can be sure that I will never invoke your wife (or Husband... I don't Judge), family, business, or education. And I feel fine and do not need a sauna (the heat of the outdoors is enough). As for "harmless nonsense", all interactions between strangers online never is truly harmless (as one never knows who might be a Bundy or worse who has an itchy psychotic personality). That is why I am not flippant with others on websites such as this........ if I want to expose my humorous side, I go to websites where I can do so where it is expected........
Steinar Andersen June 21, 2012 at 07:37 PM
@ Robert Meyers: "Millions of white folks..... attained a middle class life without skills". That sir, is the King of Generalizations........
Steinar Andersen June 22, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I am presenting a former co-worker's comments from an email to me about my Immigration Article (and I couldn't agree with him more with his assessment): "Part of the problem today is current "policy" and the complete lack of respect and appreciation for those that followed the rule of law with regard to their pursuit of citizenship. We have reached a point in this nation where a political "win at all costs" philosophy is aggressively being implemented regardless of the negative effects it is having on our job market, financial well being and mockery of those that pursued a dream and followed the rules. Look at Florida (now being sued by the DOJ) who wished access to Homeland Security's database of U.S. citizens in its attempt to purge illegal voters from their rolls. Florida on its own has determined that over 100,000 illegals have participated in federal and state elections. DHS not only refused the request for citizenship verification, DOJ is pursuing legal action against a state whose only goal is to protect the value of a citizens vote. The media doesn't report that Florida began its request for info from DHS over a year ago. Insanity is the rule of the day it would seem...."
Gwen Cooper June 23, 2012 at 02:33 AM
As someone who grew up in Glenview, I thought the people who lived there were a bit more progressive than some of you psycho Tea Party "I TYPE IN ALL CAPS" losers. I'm embarrassed. Go back to Rolling Meadows where you belong.
J.Lyn June 23, 2012 at 04:50 AM
With time on my hands this evening I have read this thread from start to finish. What I have observed is a whole lot of fear. Fear of loss...fear of the status quo...fear of the future and sadly fear of each other. It is expressed in varying degrees of aggression...passive aggression...intolerance...impatience...ridicule... with very little original or creative thought. This issue will never be resolved to everyone's liking because everyone wants it resolved to their particular liking. Perhaps it is the nature of the beast. But also, perhaps, it is time to stand back and attempt to see this with new eyes. Look at it from as many possible variables as you can. Open yourself to the possibility that your 'enemy' might have a perspective worth re-arranging your perspective to accommodate or expand upon. Man is not infallible...nor are his laws...nor his borders. We are moving toward the future. What we have created will be destroyed...it is the nature of progression...and it will progress whether or not to your liking. One cannot get a hold on the future if they are holding on to the relics of the past...this includes current laws and current borders. People...you will not recognize this world 100 years from now...as those who lived 100 years ago would not recognize our times.
J.Lyn June 23, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I do not know about you...but I can say that all of the people I know who have lost their jobs (and are having a hard time finding new ones) is not due to illegal aliens...legal aliens or extraterrestrial aliens. They have been displaced by technology. And...as technology progresses all the more jobs will be lost. It is a total fallacy to believe that the jobs that have been lost will be made to reappear by this president or any presidential candidate. (Folks...I hate to shock you...but they are not coming back). Politicians may hold certain powers...but turning back the hands of time is not one of them. We have to all face this new reality with courage and flexibility. The future is coming...and there is nowhere to hide. Everything will change...everything. The laws that everyone here seem to hold so dear and right will change as well. They will have to. They will become as archaic as the first wheel. One can either embrace the changes...become creative thinkers and doers...or die trying to overcome this fear inspiring 'monster' (the future) which holds all the cards.
Steinar Andersen June 23, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Gwen, the CAPS brigade is on both sides......... ~just sayin.
Steinar Andersen June 23, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Yes, once the political structure crumbles because nobody recognizes boundries or the rule of law.... we'll have chaos. Utopia is in many people's dreams and aspirations... but the population is growing..... and resources are getting more scarce. And the progressives who would stifle growth have no solutions to fill in the gaps. And this future is rushing at us fast...... I suspect you only read what you wanted to read (as a few, including myself) have given compelling answers / comments to the present immigration situation.
McCloud June 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM
No, none of our misery here in the private sector has anything to do with Obama's failed economic policies. Lets look for excuses, Bush, technology, those nasty republicans. Look everywhere else for your own sanity.
J.Lyn June 23, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Steinar...Actually I read every comment above. I read all of yours. I do commend you on your attempts to keep this thread civil and you have also attempted to keep the conversation on point and moving forward....rather than displaying petty knee jerk criticisms. While I do not share your points of view in general...I do appreciate your manner of communication. It is only through civil conversation and a show of respect for others that anything of value will come. Utopia (by anyone's conception) will never be achieved. Utopias are 'achieved' states not dynamic states. We are, by nature, dynamic creatures. I know that populations are on the rise...and resources will become scarce. Chaos will surely ensue. We are not outside of human history. Civilizations as advanced as ours for their time no longer exist. Their laws...their borders...their economics are no longer evident. This is a larger tide that no progressive nor conservative will be able to stem. The "compelling answers and comments" regarding this issue that have been made are still being made within the box. The tools that have been used in attempt of correction have not been tools of overall value...for had they been, historically, we would not be discussing this issue at all. We need to update the tool box if we seek temporary...and yes...they will be temporary solutions.
J.Lyn June 23, 2012 at 02:52 PM
McCloud...Misery in the private sector is being experienced by a history of failed economic policies...dating back to the original economic policy. We do not live in the vacuum of current policies. One faulty policy has led to the next. Blame can not be singularly ascribed to the current administration...unless one seeks a convenient scapegoat as a excuse. Economic policies evolve...like everything else. We don't need to look elsewhere...we just need to look directly at it from the largest possible perspective.
McCloud June 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Certainly the current policies have failed, as we have record high unemployment, record foreclosures, record debt. Seeking solutions from government has always shown not to work. Even if you think your points are valid, isn't it obvious that the current administration has failed us?
Jim June 23, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The point is that we have givers and takers. The givers will not spend, hire or otherwise invest in an economy allegedly directed by BO and his left wingnuts. Guaranteed this economy will not improve until he is out of office. The takers will continue to take if they can.
Lucy Norman June 23, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Lucy Norman Once they become adults at the age of 18 they should do everything to become a citizen. But most of them just want to live off of the taxpayers without giving back,because Americans get messed over by our own government.
Pat Craig June 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Groucho Marx said; "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." Politicians, (from whatever party), do not solve problems, they create problems to which they apply solutions that do not work, and then blame the failure on the other politicians. The argument over "social justice" and "social rights" clearly illustrates this failure of thinking, not only on the part of the politicians, but also on the part of the electorate. “Rights” are a moral concept—the concept that provides a logical transition from the principles guiding an individual’s actions to the principles guiding his relationship with others. The right to life is the only fundamental right. It is the moral entitlement to engage in every type of action objectively necessary to sustain a human life. All other rights—including property rights, without which no other rights can exist—are implications of this bedrock right. A society is free when it secures man’s moral rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. The concept of a “right” pertains only to action—specifically, to freedom of action. It means freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by other men. If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
J.Lyn June 23, 2012 at 04:48 PM
McC... My sentence above..." Blame can not be singularly ascribed to the current administration...unless one seeks a convenient scapegoat as an excuse" is my only reasonable response to your question. The current administration is carrying the burdens of all previous administrations failings. The current administration will inevitably pass along its failings as a burden to the next...and so on and so on and so on. The record unemployment...record foreclosures...record debt was not created out of thin air by this administration...but the accumulation of ongoing failures by every previous administration. This is simply part of the continuum. You accused me earlier today of seeking an excuse (technology). May I suggest that it appears you may be seeking an excuse by attempting to pin all the problems we face on the group currently in power...when it was, in fact, generations of ill conceived plans and structures. Humans are faulty creatures...therefore they create faulty systems. You know..." garbage in garbage out".
Richard Schulte June 23, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The typical economic recession lasts less than 12 months. Why has this recession lasted more than 4 years? The answer to that seems obvious. If the Obama Administration had done absolutely nothing to reduce the effects of the recession, then good times would have returned to America in very short order. The reason that the recession has dragged on so long and why so many Americans are suffereing is because of Administration policies such as the 2009 Stimulus and Obamacare. Yes, it is true that the economy today is the effect of every decision made over the last centuries, but specific decisions made by this Administration have caused the extended recession-a depression. Socialism destroys every thing that it touches. President Obama is a socialist and his Administration is in the process of destroying the US economy. President Obama is really no different than Fidel Castro or Hug Chavez. If President Obama is re-elected, you can expect the recession to continue and get worse. In order for Obama to bring socialism to America, he must first destroy capitalism. Canada has left the recession behind simply by implementing economic policies advocated by conservatives. Like Canada, the US has energy resources which can be developed that would make every American wealthy, but the Obama Administration is doing its best to spike the development of energy resources in the US.
McCloud June 23, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Seems to me your tying yourself in intellectual knots, in a heartfelt effort not to recognize the failed attempts by the President, and taking cover using the past. While there was a recession at the start of this administration, spending like no other President before, yields long term debt and no economic growth. These are basics you wish to avoid.
Jim June 23, 2012 at 05:41 PM
God gives basic rights, not some government. And if government takes those rights away, it is an immoral government. In addition, for every dictated right, someone else has an obligation. If you have a right to healthcare and I choose not to give it to you for whatever reason, the government would have to coerce me in some way.
J.Lyn June 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM
McCloud... I do not take cover using the past. I read and study history. Patterns emerge. I do recognize the failings of this President...but I choose to view them within the historical context/ timeline. While I cannot personally recall all the campaign rhetoric in recent history...this I know for sure...not one candidate ran on a platform promise of increased fed. spending. Since 1960 we have had 9 Presidents...4 democrats and 5 republicans. During that period the national debt has doubled 5 times. George W. spent 19.1 trillion over 2 terms. Barack O. is projected to spend 14.4 trillion by the end of this term. Projections have him spending 30.4 trillion in two terms. Clearly he will be spending more. They have all spent more than their predecessors. He is falling right in line with historical data. Given that those running for President will say just about anything...any unrealistic thing to gain the office...and based on historical outcomes of said promises...I have zero belief or confidence that any one of them will be able to turn this ship around. They all promise...they all do not deliver. But this is the kicker...estimates have the national debt. at $9 quadrillion by the end of the 21st. century. This amazing feat will be accomplished by Presidents yet born. That is if this planet and its inhabitants survive to see that date. As for now...the time has come to face the new economic realities...and avoid wishful thinking/memories of the 1950's and balanced budgets.
Steinar Andersen June 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Arizona gets to determine immigration status after a person has committed a crime. Win/win.


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