Obama Immigration Plan Disproves Republican Talking Points

Obama announced his long-awaited immigration reform via executive order and the things that order actually does bears almost no resemblance to the right-wing talking points that Republicans have been using. This will not, of course, prevent them from continuing to spew them.

In a prime-time address to the nation Thursday, Obama will lay out changes he is making to immigration laws without the consent of Congress. A key element of his plan is to instruct immigration authorities to prioritize expulsion action against gang members, felons and suspected terrorists rather than law abiding undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and residents and others, senior administration officials said.

The changes will offer those who qualify the chance to stay temporarily in the country for three years, as long as they pass background checks and pay back taxes. But they will not be offered a path to eventual citizenship or be eligible for federal benefits or health care programs. And, in theory, the measures could be reversed by a future president.

So, no path to citizenship, only a temporary ability to stay in the country if they pass a background check and pay taxes; so much for that “he just wants 11 million new Democratic voters” bullshit. And so much for that “they’re all gonna be violent criminals and gang members” bullshit. And not eligible for any public assistance; so much for that “he wants to replace Americans with people who are dependent on government” bullshit (which of course conflicts with the “they’re going to take all of our jobs” bullshit).

Obama will also remove the upper age limit of 30 years old from a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Dreamers that allows those brought illegally to the country as children to stay, offering relief to thousands more people.

The program will cover anyone who arrived in the country before 2010 and will extend a previous two-year guarantee of relief to three years.

This, by the way, is virtually identical to what Reagan did when he was in office. Impeach St. Ronald the Magnificent! Dig him up and hang him for treason!

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  • John Pieret

    This will not, of course, prevent them from continuing to spew them.

    Reality is an obstacle to Republican politics that they’ve learned to hurdle with great ease … which is why they all have calves like cantaloupes.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    This will not, of course, prevent them from continuing to spew them.

    And yet, no matter how Nativist the Republicans get, Hispanics still won’t vote for them!

  • raven

    I didn’t pay much attention to this announcement.

    From Ed’s OP above, is that all!!!

    It looks like minor changes to existing rules and more for show than anything else.

    If the GOP is going to make this an issue, they will lose. It’s much ado about nothing.

  • eric

    And yet, no matter how Nativist the Republicans get, Hispanics still won’t vote for them!

    Yes…conservative nativism supports natives about as much as it’s Judeo-Chrstianism supports Judeos.

  • teawithbertrand

    I love how Boehner went right to the “He’s ignoring the will of the American people!” trope.

    Don’t a majority of American’s favor doing something about immigration reform? Isn’t it really Boehner’s House that has been ignoring the will of the people by refusing to vote on that bill of a year and a half?

  • gshelley

    I’m looking forward to seeing someone on the right respond to Obama’s actually plan, not to the fantasy plan where he gives citizenship to 30 million people or to the mere fact he came out with one.

    I’m not holding my breath though

  • parasiteboy

    Raven@3

    If the GOP is going to make this an issue, they will lose.

    I would agree if there was more Democrats out there (besides the administration) pointing out the lying by the Republicans. The majority of the Dems will sit around with there tail between their legs so they could eventually say one of two things depending on the demographics of their voting district. It will be either “Hey see the democrats battle for hispanic immigrant rights” or “Hey look I didn’t agree with Obama on immigration, but he’s gone now, so we’re good, right?”.

    It’s because of the democrats chickenshitness that I left and registered as non-party affiliated. As I said before republicans play to win, and the democrats play not to lose.

  • wscott

    I too am surprised at how modest Obama’s proposal actually is. If he’d actually moved to widely expand amnesty (as some were predicting) the GOP might’ve had a point about Executive overreach. But “these are our enforcement priorities given available resources”* seems well within his authority and not too far out from what previous Presidents have done. Not that that will matter to the Outrage Machine of course.

    * paraphrase, not actual quote

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    wscott “I too am surprised at how modest Obama’s proposal actually is.”

    EXACTLY!!! ITS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF NOBAMAS EXTREME CENTRISM AND MILITANT MODERATION!!! WAKE UP DEMOCRATS!!!

  • fmitchell

    Impeach St. Ronald the Magnificent! Dig him up and hang him for treason!

    Another Cadaver Synod! Yaaaaaay! We haven’t had one of those in ages!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    fmitchell, one of my teachers was Cadaver Synod, back at Hogwart’s.

  • Numenaster

    I just love reading a thread with a substantial dose of Modusoperandi in it.

  • thebookofdave

    Not until you finish the entire article, Numenaster, or you’ll spoil your appetite for dry facts.

  • Numenaster

    Awwww!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Numenaster, substantial doses of me are not recommended. In larger doses, I can be toxic. I’ve been told that I’m the Rhododendron of commenters.

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  • thebookofdave

    Take it from someone who knows, Numenaster. Too much Modus will rot your brain, and your teeth, and your brain.