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The Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria such as attending school, having family in the military or are primarily responsible for other family members’ care.
The move, announced in letters to Congress, won immediate praise from Hispanic activists and Democrats who had chided President Obama for months for the pace of deportations and had argued he had authority to exempt broad swaths of illegal immigrants from deportation.
“Today’s announcement shows that this president is willing to put muscle behind his words and to use his power to intervene when the lives of good people are being ruined by bad laws,” said Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat.
Calling it “the reality of politics,” the California congresswoman said, “If we go after the president, you’re going after us.”
“We don’t put pressure on the president because you all love the president. You are very proud to have a black man, first time in the history of the United States of America.
“When you tell us it’s all right and you unleash us and you tell us you are ready for us to have this conversation, we’re ready to have the conversation.
Originally posted by SourGrapes
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by SirMike
I give it a few days before Congress smacks them back down and says no.
Congress? They're not due back until mid-September. By then, there'll be a sh*t ton more to stew on about.
Immigrant rights activists protested in several cities across the country this week against Obama's policies on deportation, warning they could cost him votes from the Hispanic community when he runs for reelection in 2012.
On Drudge it says the hispanics warned obama about their support in the 2012 election