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Friday, June 15, 2012

A Dream Come True?

Some of you might remember my posting about a former student who was an undocumented immigrant who, despite various challenges, flourished as a law student and was asking the Florida Bar to let him join now that he passed the Bar exam. Here's the story on that.

As you probably just saw via various news bulletins, the Obama Administration has announced that it will, for now, stop deporting many young folks who are here illegally if they were brought here as children and have since led law-abiding lives. I'm very relieved to hear this. I hope it means that Jose's petition to the Florida Bar will be an even easier case. But I recognize that as an executive policy, it's still precarious:

"This is not immunity, it is not amnesty," said Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary. "It is an exercise of discretion."

At the very least, the temporary nature of this relief allows the administration to gather some data. And, as many people expect, that data could show that the folks who benefit from this exercise of discretion are not dangers to the security or economic health of the country. If that turns out to be true, it might bring around some legislators still on the fence to the extent that facts are able to sway them!

Posted by Administrators on June 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink

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It's not Immunity, nor amnesty-- Congress has not enacted either. No, it's a deliberate violation of the President's duty to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed" (US Constitution, Art. II, Clause 4).

I realize you have a friend who may benefit from the President's lawless action-- a friend who could likely be granted residency in accordance with law but for the reprehensible state of the immigration bureaucracy, which is also the President's responsibility (along with a parade of his predecessors in office). I don't wish your friend ill, but he is not a fair representative of the hundreds of thousands of excludable aliens, virtually none of them admirable law students, whom the President plans to admit to the US against public policy established by law according to our Constitutional system of government.

The President is acting improperly, and even if that may do a few people some good, it is doing millions of people harm-- the American citizens whose right to rule-of-law instead of rule by prerogative is denied.

Posted by: Piper | Jun 16, 2012 4:08:48 AM

It's not Immunity, nor amnesty-- Congress has not enacted either. No, it's a deliberate violation of the President's duty to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed" (US Constitution, Art. II, Clause 4).

I realize you have a friend who may benefit from the President's lawless action-- a friend who could likely be granted residency in accordance with law but for the reprehensible state of the immigration bureaucracy, which is also the President's responsibility (along with a parade of his predecessors in office). I don't wish your friend ill, but he is not a fair representative of the hundreds of thousands of excludable aliens, virtually none of them admirable law students, whom the President plans to admit to the US against public policy established by law according to our Constitutional system of government.

The President is acting improperly, and even if that may do a few people some good, it is doing millions of people harm-- the American citizens whose right to rule-of-law instead of rule by prerogative is denied.

Posted by: Piper | Jun 16, 2012 4:08:46 AM

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