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A crowd gathers in front of the White House in support of the president's immigration announcement. (HuffPostDC/Twitpic)

President Obama's decision to stop deporting law-abiding undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as young children is being widely lauded. Some of the expressions of support come from places you wouldn't necessarily expect. The Republican attorney general of Utah, a Mitt Romney supporter, spoke to Greg Sargent, telling him, "This is clearly within the president’s power ... I was pleased when the president announced it." Hispanic Republican group Somos Republicans "would like to thank President Barack Obama for showing a Christian compassionate view toward our DREAM Act children. This is a stepping stone in the right direction and towards legal immigration reform."

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), the author of the DREAM Act, called Obama's announcement "an historic humanitarian moment." Many Democrats also pointed out that President Obama's action was necessary because Republicans blocked the DREAM Act, and called for comprehensive immigration reform:

Strongly support President's decision to stop deporting DREAM Act kids. Democratic-led House passed DREAM in 2010. GOP still obstructing.
@NancyPelosi via web
Elizabeth Warren:
"Two years ago, Scott Brown denied the dreams of these young people. His vote to kill the DREAM Act cost our communities and our country, until the President took action today."
Rep. Raul Grijalva:
While this change is not a permanent solution, it is a major step in the right direction. The rhetoric of division and marginalizing of people by Mitt Romney and the Republican party needs to end. We are past the point of obstruction. We need to solve the problem. This action by President Obama will move us forward together as a country and as a single American people.
Several unions, the National Employment Law Project, and People for the American Way have also applauded the president's decision.

Join them in thanking President Obama for bringing young immigrants one step closer to the American dream.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM PDT.

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  •  I wonder if this will make Rubio cough up a deal (3+ / 0-)
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    Sue B, Larsstephens, DianeNYS

    or a draft bit of legislation that he will claim is better, because this act by Obama is the sort of thing which has a creeping effect, and will haunt the Republicans if November goes ill, for the damage it will do them repealing it.And encourage pressure for a real and thorough reform from Congress, now and not in the sweet by and by of 2013 or whenever they get around to it.

    It will certainly place pressure on Rubio to take some action if the purpose of his apparent candidacy for Veep is to corral Latino votes. Don't work if you talk the talk and then don't draft the draft legislation that does better for Latinos than what he's talked.

     It's a straight up challenge as to the Latino and several other communities by Obama, because of the fact he underlines, that it is temporary, all he can do without Congress also acting,  and there is a choice remaining in a hovering pattern over this choice as to whether someone else will have the will to reverse something that I suspect will be much more popular now that it is done, than it looked before the decision to do this was taken.

     It's also in its own way respectful of the division of powers, which leaves the matter even more squarely in Congress' lap, not something Mitch and Boehner and Cantor want there.

  •  Say what you want about Barack Obama. (15+ / 0-)

    Yes, I know, there is plenty to criticize him for. But, despite his many and serious handicaps through his presidential career, from a progressive point of view, this man has accomplished a formidable amount--a shit-ton (pardon my French :)

    It surprises me that Obama had only been a Senator, up until he became POTUS. My understanding is that there is no comparing the two jobs, the former is so cushy, the latter so unbelievably stressful. How does a pampered Senator make the transition to President, at all, much less proving himself an exemplary, talented President, who regularly gets through impossible-seeming obstacles?

    It's why they're terrified. It's why they hate him so very much.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 04:55:04 PM PDT

    •  I totally agree (11+ / 0-)

      with everything you said. He went in office with a great deal on his plate and he has done the best he could with the mess he had to clean up.

      •  It just keeps coming, the news like this. (7+ / 0-)

        Through some of the darkest times this nation has known, its darkest hours. The little, and not-so-little, legislative "hits," on Obama's watch, keep piling up. The man keeps getting things done. You remember HCR? You remember the repeal of DADT, (when the legislature was on its Christmas break :) It keeps happening; Obama keeps accomplishing. Would you have seen this immigration reform coming? Probably not in a million years. Would anything like this have happened under Carter or Clinton? Uh, no.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 05:20:35 PM PDT

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    •  it's just too bad (0+ / 0-)

      he is basically saying to Congress: "you don't matter anymore."

      •  I don't understand. (1+ / 0-)
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        DianeNYS

        All I have watched the man do, is bend over backwards to appease Congress. As some would say, he kisses the ass of John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell, and some of these other evil people.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:23:29 PM PDT

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      •  I think that CONGRESS (2+ / 0-)
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        Tx LIberal, karmsy

        says that Congress doesn't matter anymore (at least the Republicans). If they'd get off their butts and stop passing stupid legislation in the House that the Dems can't go for, and stop filibustering everything in the Senate (the Reps), then maybe they WOULD matter again...

        "What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death." - Eugene Victor Debs

        by DianeNYS on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 09:03:52 PM PDT

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      •  Well.... (1+ / 0-)
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        The way teapubs have virtually "locked down" congress for the last 1-1/2 years, they really don't matter do they?
        And I'm sure there is "some" political motivation here but I really don't care.  If congress won't act it's the second best thing to do as I think it's good policy and the right thing to do.

        Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs?

        by Tx LIberal on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 05:22:02 AM PDT

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      •  No (1+ / 0-)
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        karmsy

        Since Congress has failed to act, he is taking the steps he can as an executive to move immigration reform forward.  Every step forward on any issue is good.

        There are many more steps that must be taken by Congress to truly reform immigration, and these problems must be solved.

  •  Republicans hate brown people. (6+ / 0-)

    Love when that truth comes out.

    "The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets."

    by Bush Bites on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:24:13 PM PDT

  •  I still think this isn't a wise move. (1+ / 0-)
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    While I realize I'm walking into a flamethrower here I really don't support the policy. It creates a perverse incentive that will drive future illegal immigration. It is now clear that if you cross illegally into the country your kids will be safe no matter what happens to you. What parent in the world isn't going to take that kind of deal?

    Unless you believe in truly open borders for all, and it's pretty clear the vast majority of Americans don't, then this kind of feel good bandaid is just pouring gasoline on the fire instead of contributing to a long term well though out solution.

    "Buying Horizon Milk to support organic farming is like purchasing an English muffin in an effort to prop up the British economy." -Windowdog

    by Windowdog on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:24:16 PM PDT

    •  It's just recognizing reality. (5+ / 0-)
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      You gonna deport all those kids?

      "The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets."

      by Bush Bites on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:27:03 PM PDT

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    •  How many systems could we say that about (1+ / 0-)
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      lonespark

      Public school system:  Doesn't it mean that parents know that no matter how bad they screw up, at least their kids can get an education?

      Emergency rooms:  Even if the parents are poor, at least the children have a place to go if they get really hurt?

      Free lunches?

      You might be right.  But, you know what:  If I were in those parents place, I know what I would be doing.

      Occupy the voting Booth!

      by anonevent on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:52:54 PM PDT

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    •  It's a solution for the kids (4+ / 0-)
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      gramofsam1, DRo, thurst, lonespark

      if not for the nations's immigration policy.  Part of being a Democrat is recognizing that we need solutions at the retail level even if it doesn't solve of the problems at the wholesale level

      Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

      by tikkun on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:54:02 PM PDT

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      •  True Scotsmen aside. (1+ / 0-)
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        This isn a non solution at the wholesale level, it's an exacerbant that is going to drive future illegal crossings. We are spending billions to enforce a law that we have now decided to further entice people to break.

        It's an easy out feel good measure but it's simply bad policy and bad governance outside of a whole new migration paradigm that the country clearly isn't ready to move to.

        "Buying Horizon Milk to support organic farming is like purchasing an English muffin in an effort to prop up the British economy." -Windowdog

        by Windowdog on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:23:16 PM PDT

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    •  Open borders would just recognize (0+ / 0-)

      what's going to happen anyway, and happen pretty fast. I'm getting tired of the suspense.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 06:21:10 AM PDT

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  •  DEAD Republicans... teehee (0+ / 0-)

    Dudehisattva...

    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:30:36 PM PDT

  •  Too bad the American Dream (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, Tx LIberal

    doesn't exist any more for anyone but the very wealthy.

  •  Republicans are running scared and crying (3+ / 0-)
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    tikkun, DRo, GOPGO2H3LL

    Doesn't it feel good to be on offense? Enjoy it while you can, because the Dems will go back to fetal position any day now.

  •  It's just good policy (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm happy that some republicans agreed with this move by the Prez.  I doubt it was many though.  

    It's just good policy and it's just good for our country.

    When you're dealing with a congress that is willing to block any and all democratic-sponsored legislation...this is what a true leader does.

    It has taken a few years for "O" to get his game on...but, I truly believe he's found it now and Katie bar the door.

    Oh, and was that bitch-slapping of that reporter in the Rose Garden something to behold....or what????

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:53:05 PM PDT

  •  What an immigration attorney friend of mine said (1+ / 0-)
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    lonespark

    A friend who is an immigration attorney indicated that she would have to do a lot of investigation before suggesting that someone take advantage of this--the non deportation provision is for 2 years only, although it can be renewed.  One can get a work authorization during those 2 years--but what happens if the administration changes and a different policy is adopted? Undocumented immigrants are  no longer under the radar if they take advantage of this change in policy. ICE has their information and could use it to deport them.  In addition, their families could come under scrutiny even if the applicant will not be deported.  While it is new enough that she wasn't sure she would advise against taking advantage of the new policy, she thought there was a potential downside for someone seeking to take advantage of it.  I hope for a more secure, legislative change in the near future.

    •  Latinos must realize this and they have to (2+ / 0-)
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      DRo, DianeNYS

      get much more politically active including voting in mass in order to make sure that the person in office whether he or she is Democrat or Republican supports this.

      President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

      by Drdemocrat on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:00:36 PM PDT

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      •  Excuse me? (0+ / 0-)

        Latinos and Dream activists are the ones who made this happen!! You think Obama did this on his own, and now Latinos need to show some gratitude? Do you also think the civil rights movement began and ended when Johnson signed the 64 Civil Rights Act? Come on...

        Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

        by cruz on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 06:48:46 AM PDT

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  •  This is a POWER move by President Obama!!!! (7+ / 0-)

    1.  It pleases his base
    2.  It helps to solidify and galvanize the Latino community
    3.  It steps on Romney's tour bus message today
    4.  It says to the MSM, hey I am in charge here and I set the agenda
    5.  It puts Romney in a bind of damn if he supports this and damn if he doesn't
    6.  It is good policy AND politics

    Brilliant Move Mr. President!

    President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

    by Drdemocrat on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:02:54 PM PDT

  •  Repubs are crying foul.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Rep. Culberson: "This is an absolute outrage on so many levels"
    Dear Friend,

    I am outraged the president has ignored the law and overwhelming public opposition in granting amnesty to nearly one million illegal aliens.  It is fundamentally wrong to reward illegal behavior and it is illegal for the Chief Executive Officer to issue orders that violate federal law.

    P.S.  He is no friend of mine!!! I'm just on his mailing list because I have contacted him before.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:03:55 PM PDT

    •  Tell that asshole (3+ / 0-)
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      that a big majority of Americans support the DREAM act.

      Not that facts matter to those shitheels, but still...

      Obama is at war with radical anti-American terrorists. The radical GOP is at war with American women. Take that and run with it DNC, you inept fucking pikers.

      by GOPGO2H3LL on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:41:19 PM PDT

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  •  You left off religious groups. (3+ / 0-)
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    GOPGO2H3LL, DianeNYS, Matt Z

    I heard it on MSNBC this afternoon and wrote up a diary about it.

    Top Evangelical Leaders Praise Obama for New Immigration Policy

    For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size." -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

    by hungrycoyote on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:30:58 PM PDT

  •  Rough few weeks (4+ / 0-)
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    DRo, Mistral Wind, DianeNYS, Matt Z

    for gay haters and racists.

    Obama is at war with radical anti-American terrorists. The radical GOP is at war with American women. Take that and run with it DNC, you inept fucking pikers.

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 07:39:00 PM PDT

  •  Black teenagers unemployment is 36 percent (0+ / 0-)

    Which is why I think the loud displays of grief for Trayvon Martin is hypocrisy.

    Unemployment for black adult males is 14 percent.  
     Unemployment for Hispanic Americans is 11 percent.

    And the REAL unemployment is far higher --because the government does not count the tens of millions who have given up all hope of finding a job.

    In my opinion, the real racism is stabbing your fellow Americans in the back for the sake of some rich man's money, some two-faced political calculation or placing loyalty to some foreigners above loyalty to your fellow countrymen because of racist or ethnic allegiances.

    There are Hispanic men who have risked their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to gain citizenship from their service in the military -- those men I respect and welcome.  

    Border crossers I do  not.   If they want to improve their lives then let them address the corruption and problems in their own countries.  We owe them nothing.  

  •  Better than thanking Obama, (0+ / 0-)

    we should be thanking the groups who organized and put pressure on Obama. Rather than back off and refuse to criticize him because of party identity or election-year concerns, they took the principled position of demanding justice, now.

    I'm glad Obama did the right thing, but our thanks and support should go to the people who actually made it happen, such as Dream Activist and others.

    Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

    by cruz on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 06:45:58 AM PDT

  •  The President has the GOP confused (0+ / 0-)

    They don't know how to respond to the substance of what he has done.  I expect their only response to be a whiny complaint that this was election year politics.  

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 07:05:19 AM PDT

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