WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his plan to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will make the system “more fair, more efficient and more just.”
The president says it “makes no sense to expel talented young people” who are essentially Americans. He says he was taking the action in the absence of action by Congress “to fix our broken system.”
Obama’s election-year initiative should help him among Hispanic voters. It will begin granting young immigrants work permits, affecting as many as 800,000 young people who have lived in fear of deportation.
In case you don’t remember, in 2011 Obama noted that Congress must pass legislation to “fix what’s broken about our immigration system, and that he cannot unilaterally change the law.” I guess, that all goes out the window when your presidency is sinking.
March 2011: 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.