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  •  i don't think you are a bad person at all... (0+ / 0-)

    i think you are looking at ways to solve a difficult situation through more abstract thought.  theoretically, you are correct to ask - why the age group selected.

    this isn't just emotional for me, it is also practical.  how does a government correct a bad situation and start clean?  by starting "clean"!

    to create a system that gives a ten year window in which all those here could be deported or denied schooling, military service, etc., would be horrifc - how does one keep track and what about the child that misses the cutoff by one day?

    starting from the reagan amnesty and moving forward sends a powerful message that THIS cutoff will be at the age of emancipation for 16yr olds - and they need to resolve this prior to adulthood.

    there are still means to apply for amnesty case by case, but the grouping of a select range of young people now facing non-person status is one way to untangle the disastrous policies that have been uninforced and un-acted upon since 1986.  it gives us a chance to design real immigration reform while not creating a distraction over kids (AND we get to keep the brightest minds and good kids in the process!

    MOVE'EM UP! ROLL'EM OUT... MOVE'EM UP RAWHIDE!!! meeeoooow! mrraaarrr!! meeeOOOOOW!

    by edrie on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 10:25:54 AM PST

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    •  Assuming you are correct in this assertion... (0+ / 0-)

      then I presume a debate for an ammendment making the age 26 instead would have failed or maybe would have passed then another incremental bill could have been brought up separately for the people left out...

      Obama - Change I still believe in

      by dvogel001 on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 10:51:13 AM PST

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      •  keeping the age at 26 would have brought up (0+ / 0-)

        the issue of those not covered by the gap.  oh, i was in error earlier.  the cut off age is 15, not 12.

        there is still a year gap that isn't covered according to my dyslexic math skills.

        MOVE'EM UP! ROLL'EM OUT... MOVE'EM UP RAWHIDE!!! meeeoooow! mrraaarrr!! meeeOOOOOW!

        by edrie on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 01:31:35 PM PST

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