The interesting part of all this isn’t the timing or the idea. Yes, it’s the right thing to do. Yes, it’s politically timed. Blah, blah, blah. Boring.
The interesting part about this is he did this on his own. No bills, no debate. The below simply won’t happen anymore…at least if Obama gets reelected.
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration said it wouldn’t deport many younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, a major shift in the middle of an election season where the Hispanic vote could be pivotal.
The new rules, sidestepping Congress after years of stalemate over an immigration overhaul, came in response to frequent pleas by Hispanic and other groups for more lenient treatment of people who came to the U.S. illegally as youngsters. The move quickly drew criticism from those who want a tougher stance on illegal immigration and oppose what they call amnesty.
The new rules apply to people who came to the U.S. under the age of 16, haven’t committed a major crime and are currently under 30. They will be eligible for a two-year period of “deferred action,” where they could apply for work permits and wouldn’t be deported.
Okay, there’s one other interesting part about this: Marco Rubio.
He was putting together something very similar, but wanted to do it legislatively…
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican who is the son of Cuban immigrants, said the president should have worked through Congress rather than taking steps on his own. Mr. Rubio said the announcement “will be welcome news” for “kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own” but called it a “short-term answer to a long-term problem.”
One last thought…this might have been a shot across Romney’s bow that Rubio won’t have as much value as a Veep pick? Thoughts?
Here’s the video…