While you were sleeping, Obama changed the immigration policy

from "Obama administration makes election-year change in deportation policy," Jonathan Easley and Jordy Yager, The Hill

The Obama administration announced Friday it will stop deporting illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age.

The politically charged decision comes as Obama faces a tough reelection fight against Republican Mitt Romney, and Hispanic voters in swing states will play a crucial role in the contest.

The change in policy could allow as many as 800,000 immigrants who came to the United States illegally not only to remain in the country without fear of being deported, but to work legally, according to a senior administration official speaking to reporters Friday.

In a Rose Garden statement, President Obama said the measure would “lift the shadow of deportation” from immigrants, some of who have made “extraordinary contributions” by “serving in our military and protecting our freedom.”

“That we would treat them as expendable makes no sense,” Obama said. “They study in our schools, play in our neighborhoods ... they pledge allegiance to our flag, they are Americans in their hearts and minds ... and in every single way but one: on paper."

Obama was briefly interrupted by a reporter during his statement, a rare breach of protocol that caused the president to lose his temper.

"Excuse me sir, it's not time for questions, sir, not while I'm speaking," Obama said.

Later in his statement, Obama, pointing his finger at the reporter in front of the live TV cameras, said: "And the answer to your question, sir — and the next time I prefer you to let me finish by statements before you ask a question — is this is the right thing to do for the American people. I didn't ask for an argument, I'm answering your question." (more)

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  1. Anonymous26 June, 2012

    Umm yeah. Why am I not surprised?

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  2. Anonymous26 June, 2012

    Look at the way Mr. Obama handles the reporter. That's so symbolic of the President's attitude towards 3,4,5+ Generation Americans. It's pure belligerent arrogance.

    He could care less that our manufacturing jobs have been outsourced, that our tax dollars are being milked to support his government programs, that our children will get nothing while these 800,000 individuals get special jobs, scholarships and academic admittance because they can check off that they are "Hispanic race". And, of course, Obama could care less that our children are $100,000 in debt from college loans. He just wants to make anything and everything American so it can show up on election day and make a cross on the ballot next to his name.

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  3. Come on- a reporter no-one has heard of from an organisation I'm sure you can't name interrupted the President of the United States with a question I'm sure you can't quote, and then continued to throw out questions, forcing Obama to have a go at him (not stated here).
    I share the basic sentiment of this post and deplore the fact that Obama seems to fear having to publicly defend his actions to others, but to defend a boor who is having a go at a country's Head of State is ridiculous.

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  4. For those who missed it, somebody recorded the interruption:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13d2uvuXB3c&feature=related

    I've read that some people are saying "Obama was only challenged because he's Black".

    Well, for the record, Ronald Reagan was REPEATEDLY interrupted by answer-hungry reporters during the Iran Contra debacle, and he DIDN'T scold them and put them on the spot like King Obama did.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH5gGRxivig

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  5. It certainly is rude, Keir. But like the reporter said after the incident, in defense of his actions:

    "Politicians don't get to make a statement and then retreat to a fortified castle..."

    If you follow the rules and wait until the end of the conference for questions, Obama will just walk away and ignore you - which is what Obama did when, after the conference, a man in the crowd piped up "what about American workers who are unemployed..while you import foreigners?"

    Furthermore, if Obama is going to stand there and proclaim that 800,000 illegals need amnesty in the middle of our economic crisis, because maybe possibly perhaps they open a business or join the army, I don't want him to say "it's the right thing to do" and walk off - I want people throwing questions at him!

    Sure, some immigrants have made "extraordinary contributions", as he put it, by "serving in our military and protecting our freedom." - but we are talking about granting amnesty to ILLEGAL immigrants. How many illegals are in the U.S. Armed Forces, really? One, or two of 800,000? Anyway, the new policy establishes that anybody can jump the border and be automatically linked to a legal resident by getting knocked up or knocking somebody up, because the child will automatically become a U.S. citizen, at the latest, five years later.

    Obama says the 800,000 illegals are "American in every way except on paper...Americans in their hearts and minds"...but c'mon, cut the fluff. For the record, according to "The Pew Report":

    ("The survey was conducted from November 9 through December 7, 2011, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia among a randomly selected, nationally representative sample of 1,220 Latino adults. The survey was conducted in both English and Spanish on cellular as well as landline telephones"...all were U.S. citizens, or children of at least one U.S. citizen.)

    * About half of reporting U.S. Latinos (47%) say they consider themselves to be very different from the typical American. And just one-in-five (21%) say they use the term “American” most often to describe their identity.

    * One-quarter (24%) of reporting U.S. Latinos say they use the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” to most often to describe their identity.

    * Only 51% of reporting U.S. Latinos are English dominant. Fully 95% believe it is very important (75%) or somewhat important (20%) for future generations of Hispanics in the U.S. to be able to speak Spanish.

    ...so Obama's claims appear to be bogus. Of course, identity is not even the real issue of the discussion, it was just a premise Obama threw out there to make it look like the Hispanics' commitment to the US is so strong, they spend weekends folding the American flag, day dreaming about serving in the U.S. military and listening to "America the Beautiful" on repeat before jumping in their beds so they can rest up, work 9-5 and pay taxes until they turn 67.

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