At some point recently, a light bulb went off and the Obama administration asked themselves “Why the hell are we throwing potential Democratic voters out of the country?”
We’re used to Friday document dumps, but this is a Friday quasi-amnesty dump:
The Obama administration announced Friday it will stop deporting illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age.
The politically charged decision comes as Obama faces a tough reelection fight against Republican Mitt Romney, with Hispanic voters in swing states seen as a key bloc.
The change in policy could allow as many as 800,000 immigrants who came to the United States illegally not only to remain in the country without fear of being deported, but to work legally, according to a senior administration official speaking to reporters Friday.
Obama is set to make a statement at 1:15 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the new policy Friday morning.
“Young people who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own as children, who meet several key criteria, will no longer be removed from the country or entered into removal proceedings,” said Napolitano in a conference call with reporters on Friday morning.
Who needs Congress?
Hey, now that the private sector is doing fine and all American citizens who want work have work, why not wave a “this is definitely not amnesty” wand and let a few hundred thousand illegals eligible for jobs in the US? And I assume this move means they’ll also be eligible for public assistance — if they weren’t already.
Sheriff Arpaio says he’ll still arrest illegals. Expect a renewed Eric Holder crackdown fairly soon.
In other news, the Obama administration still doesn’t think you should have to have an ID in order to vote, but they’re certain you need one if you’re attending an Obama event.
Update: Obama from March of last year:
With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed — and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws.
It’s amazing what new power you can seize when you’re desperate for re-election.