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Updated Jun 15, 2012 - 3:19 pm

New immigration policy, the good and the bad

President Barack Obama announces that his administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives, during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The President unveiled a new immigration policy conveniently a few months before an election.

In looking at the details there's some good and some bad.

Here's the good:

It temporarily and partially answers a major immigration question -- what to do with the children that were brought here when they were young.

The Obama administration's plan will immediately stop deporting illegal immigrants that fall into that category, provided they entered this country prior to their 16th birthday. They have to be under the age of 30, have no criminal record and have a high school diploma or G.E.D.

The plan allows two-year work permits and immigrants can apply for one as many times as they wish.

Now, the bad:

It's blatant pandering for the Hispanic vote during election season.

Policies in this country shouldn't be shaped based on election strategy. The Obama administration's plan also doesn't answer any citizen questions.

But my main concern here is furthering the piecemeal approach this country takes to immigration reform. Instead of reform, we are getting a collection of laws that don't work together. That's not fair to any of us.

I've already heard several congressmen complain about the policy saying the President is going around Congress.

Here's the reality.

Congress doesn't want to touch the contentious immigration issue. It hasn't since the failed immigration reform plan of 2007, so don't complain now.

With all of this, I do hope that it leads us into a realistic discussion about illegal immigration.

About the Author


Rob spent his formative years growing up in Massachusetts, but after graduating from Emerson College in Boston, he's had the privilege of living in Florida, New Orleans and New Mexico. Rob & his wife Amy have lived in Phoenix since 2006 when he joined KTAR. Rob is passionate about our freedom and rights -- something he learned to love while growing up in the Boston area.

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