Janet Napolitano announced this morning that DHS will no longer deport “low priority” illegal immigrants. These would be folks who migrated before their sixteenth birthday, have committed no major crimes and are under the age of 30.
It goes without saying that this will cause the usual veins-in-the-neck popping snit from certain folks who have made their name on claiming the administration is soft on them durned ill-eagles. I don’t know how many hundreds of thousands need to be deported before someone is no longer soft. I guess since we haven’t made the state look like the no man’s land at Flanders, we’re soft.
By the way, anybody want to take bets on who will be the first Republican to coin the phrase “Backdoor DREAM Act”?
(Even as I type, Joe Arpaio is on the radio in Phoenix bloviating about how this is all political. He’s running for re-election too which has nothing to do with anything.)
Press release from Raúl Grijalva after the jump.
Rep. Grijalva Statement on DHS Immigration Policy Announcement to Address Plight of Undocumented StudentsTucson, Ariz. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s new immigration policy, which would address the plight of undocumented students.
“This is a sensible solution that allows us, as a national community, to help hundreds of thousands of young adolescents trapped in legal limbo. This is a wonderful day for them, their families, and the many millions of us who believe in fairness and opportunity. I applaud President Obama’s decision to extend the American dream to a new generation of deserving individuals.
“Those with deep roots in the United States who have contributed immensely to our country’s well-being will — at long last — be taken out of the deportation pool so we can concentrate our resources on real threats and serious criminals. This makes our nation safer and upholds our nation’s commitment to fairness and justice.
“While this change is not a permanent solution, it is a major step in the right direction. The rhetoric of division and marginalizing of people by Mitt Romney and the Republican party needs to end. We are past the point of obstruction. We need to solve the problem. This action by President Obama will move us forward together as a country and as a single American people.”
Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for deferred enforcement action on a case-by-case basis:
- 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.