From Washington we gathered on Thursday Obama announced that his executive action would allow millions of undocumented immigrants that meet certain criteria to remain legally- in the United States- but temporarily.
"For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from other nations has given us tremendous advantages," President Obama made his declaration in the White House address. The President took note of the fact that "illegal border crossings have been cut in half" in some years now to "their lowest level since the 1970s," Obama accepted the fact that "our immigration system is broken, and everyone knows it."
President Obama pushed the blamed to congressional Republicans for obstructing meaningful immigration reform legislation. Hence the announcing of executive action is unavoidable. "There are actions I have the legal authority to take as president – the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me – that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just," Obama said.
The three-point plan unveiled by President Barak Obama are as follows:
"Firstly, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over," Obama said.
"Secondly, I will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed," as He continue the speech.
"Thirdly, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country," Obama further added.
"Undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace opportunities see little option but to remain in the shadows or see their families torn apart," Obama lamented further "families being torn apart" but with deportations, which have reached all-time highs during the tenure of President Obama.
He further added that "we are a nation of laws," He therefore vowed to hold those that have entered the country illegally accountable to this, "especially those who may be dangerous."
"That’s why, over the past six years, deportations of criminals are up 80 percent," Obama said. "And that’s why we’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mother who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day."
Noting that "tracking down, rounding up and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic," President Obama made clear that he would "offer the following deal":
"If you’ve been in America more than five years, if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents, if you register, pass a criminal background check and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation," he said. "You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law."
For record purposes, President Obama stressed that his plan is not an amnesty. Read more