OK, I want to get this out there.
I can understand Obama instructing DHS not to pursue illegals in the narrow category of those brought here as minors, who are law abiding, etc. That clearly falls under a discretionary standard and my guess is those people have been pretty much free from undue scrutiny for a long time now. Making it official just makes it official, and provides a handy political boost to the Pres.
But I do not see how Obama, or DHS, or anybody else has the authority to instruct that these persons are now eligible to apply for legal work permits.
My understanding of Senator Rubio’s mini-DREAM act is that he would permit these same (or similar) situated persons to apply for student visas.
I could be wrong about some of this, and I’m not going to take the time to check it out, but there is a world of difference between student visas and work permits.
We do need “comprehensive” immigration reform and maybe we’ll be able to get it if Republicans are returned to one-party power in DC. It needs to include many things the left won’t like. In fact, it should consist pretty much of ONLY things the Left won’t like with 2 exceptions: 1. no mass deportations of law-abiding illegals already in the country and 2. a path to legalization for that same group. Pretty much they should hate everything else in it, or it won’t be satisfactory to the rest of us.
These are the things, off the top of my head, that I would include:
=A solid closed border, including Mexico, including the airports, including visa departure verification
=To make visa departure verification easier I’d implement requirements that a return trip must be booked before entry is permitted, I’d shorten general travel visa times, which I think are now generally 6 months, to 2 months (with some exceptions)
=No bi-lingual education in any public school
=Required civics lessons (“what it means to be an American”) in every public school
=No more Spanish language assistance from the Federal Government. I grew up in NYC and am fine with Public Health notices being published in as many foreign languages as necessary, but I find it very offensive that the IRS offers every form in Spanish and English.
=Alternative proposal, make English the official language of the USA
=END THE IMMIGRATION LOTTERY, arguably the worst concept for immigration every imagined, not to say implemented. Does ANY other country take their future residents based on luck?
=End chain migration. We should only admit spouses, minor children, and elderly parents with no options for care in the home country and who would remain ineligible for any “aid”
=Absolutely no welfare for non-citizen immigrants, legal or illegal, including food stamps, home heating aid, medicaid and any other “soft” welfare that is on offer
=No citizenship, EVER, for any person who has entered this country illegally – we’ll find a way to regularize you and your US born children can even grow up to be President, but you will not be able to vote for them
And, finally, increased penalties for crime committed by illegal aliens. Of course this last one would have to happen on the state level and I don’t know why it hasn’t been already proposed. Basically we’ve been giving illegals a “commit crimes for free” card and that needs to change. I would say tack an extra 5-10 years on any criminal sentence if you committed a crime while in this country illegally.
None of this will work, or should even be considered, until we really have control of our borders. For at least 5 years, that in conjunction with the poor economy ought to stanch the flow enough for other reforms to be put in place.