Napolitano Praises Obama's Recent Immigration Policy Move

The policy change will reportedly prevent young, undocumented immigrants from being deported and provide work permits.

Grace Napolitano (CA-38th), candidate for the 32nd District, praised the Obama Administration's decision earlier today to halt deportations of undocumented teens and allow them other incentives as long as they meet certain guidelines.

“This is a great step forward on the path towards immigration reform and a boon for the United States," Napolitano said in a statement. "These bright young people have known no other country: they have achieved, served, and been educated in America, and it is their love of the U.S. that keeps them here. I applaud the President for taking this step and allowing our young Dreamers to have a productive place in society.”

Speaking at the White House, President Barack Obama said the change is aimed at people who were likely brought into the country by their parents, and in many cases did not know they were undocumented until they tried to apply for a job.

"Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people,'' he said. The president insisted the policy was not amnesty, immunity, a path to citizenship or a "permanent fix'' to the immigration system. He called it a
"stop-gap measure'' that gives "a degree of relief and hope to driven, patriotic young people.''

The policy is expected to affect about 800,000 people across the country. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the policy will apply -- on a case-by-case basis -- to undocumented immigrants who:

  • Came to the United States under age 16;
  • Are younger than 30;
  • Have continuously lived in the United States for at least five years;
  • Are enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, have
  • Obtained a general education development certificate or are honorably
  • Discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, multiple misdemeanors or pose a threat to national security.

The announcement was met with anger by some. Obama was interrupted during his announcement by someone questioning why undocumented immigrants should be granted work permits when the nation's unemployment rate is already high.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform issued a statement online saying the policy announcement "is a clear indication that the Obama administration intends to grant blanket relief to illegal aliens on its own initiative, completely circumventing Congress, which has repeatedly rejected the DREAM Act over the past 10 years.''

FAIR also alleges Obama and his administration have issued this policy, without Congressional authority, in order to boost his approval ratings five months before the Presidential elections.

Mikey's Mom June 16, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Why am I not surprised, typical obama! A new job program for illegal immigrants, not for our veterans, or college graduates, or fathers looking for work who can't support their family or........please!
CLARK June 16, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Talk about a jackass move! A good friend who worked for Maria Shriver here in California, when Arnold was governer, showed me the statistics on how much money we had paid out in free services to Illegals in the same year we suffered the 20 billion dollar deficit. ANy guesses as to how much we gave to those undeserving crapheads?? It was 20 billion dollars!! The exact amount we were short on the budget! Go figure!
Bill C. June 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Obama buying votes and if legal citizens of any race buy more of his carnival barker act than shame on them.
John June 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM
EVerybody knows why you guys hate president Obama, we all know that it is about your racism mentality. Let me ask you something: did you guy choose your color before you were born?
Dusty June 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Being married to a young woman who was forced to come to the United States at the age of 14 with her family, I am very thankful for what is happening here. I have never been supportive one way or the other until i moved to where i currently live (close to the border of MX) there are many young people that are trapped in an invisible bubble because of decisions they had nothing to do with. These young people can't get jobs, can't get further education, can't travel, and have no desire to return to their homeland because they grew up here...this has become their homeland. I'm talking about young people who may have a Mexican nationality, but everything else is defined through an American culture... This policy is a stepping stone to providing hope and future to, like it or not, what has become an integrated part of the American voice.
Bill C. June 17, 2012 at 02:33 PM
John you're as dumb as a rock and probably as racist. I support those that are doing the right thing for this country and don't do it based on color and only someone not bright enough to debate a point would play the race card like you did.
Bill C. June 17, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Well said Dusty, but the president didn't do it because of the resons you laid out, he did it for votes. If he felt as you did he would have done this at the start of his term. Obama is useless, has been since day one. In my opinion this is not the time to add 800,000 people to the battle for scarce jobs.
Ian June 18, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Ah, the good old race card. If you cannot back up your statements with facts, simply play the race card against those with who (whom?) you disagree. Pathetic.


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