The FSM knows that the president does not always get it right, and often times it takes him way to long to do so, but he should get credit when he actually acts in a way that progressives can support. That is what he has done yesterday.
According to the Hill Newspaper:
Under the new rules announced Thursday, officials at the Department of Homeland Security will perform case-by-case reviews of those in line for deportation, weeding out violent criminals and other high-priority cases while closing the books on those considered no threat.
Since being unable to get the DREAM Act passed there has been a lot of pressure on the administration to use it’s executive power to change the enforcement policies of ICE. The so-called Secure Communities initiative was supposed to focus on the criminal element in the informal immigration community.
The theory was that people who were committing serious crimes in addition to their undocumented status should be the first ones that were found and deported to their country of origin. It is actually a decent idea, spending the limited amount of money we have for this kind of enforcement on actual criminals who don’t contribute to our society.
Of course the problem is that they are not as easy to find as say a undocumented immigrant without a license caught in a traffic stop. The Obama administration has been deporting more undocumented immigrants than the Bush administration every did, but they have not all been the hardened criminals like the Secure Communities program envisioned.
Changing the emphasis and closing the books on the cases of non-violent, non-criminal undocumented immigrants is the right thing to do. How can we tell? Because xenophobic Republicans are already howling to the moon about it, here is what the reprehensible Representative Peter King (R-NY) had to say about it:
“This new non-enforcement policy announced by the Obama Administration Thursday is a blatant attempt to grant amnesty to potentially millions of illegal aliens in this country.”
Rep. King is the same fellow who spends a bunch of committee time looking for radicalized Muslims. But he is an equal opportunity hater, if you are brown he is pretty sure that you are out to ruin the United States.
In this case though, he is going to be about as affective as box full of mewling kittens. This is completely within the powers of the Executive branch to use its prosecutorial discretion to decide which cases it wants to take to court, be it civil or deportation court, and which it will give a pass to.
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