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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Live Blogging Obama's Statement to Nation and Latest Developments

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He's coming to the Rose Garden in 5 minutes.


CNN says Rubio is "studying the proposal". Romney campaign has not reacted. But complains about use of executive action.


I'm at the annual meeting of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and about 2000 of us are gathered in a ballroom to hear the President's statement. Eleanor Pelta, our president, just noted this is the 30th anniversary of the Plyler case in which the Supreme Court guaranteed all children the right to a public education.


President is running a few minutes late. CNN reporting on public celebrations in LA and other cities.


AILA just announced that lawyers have been getting calls telling them that some of their clients are already on the deferred action list.


AILA warning members that if they have any clients about to be removed, they should immediately contact ICE to get the deportation halted.


Not clear if DREAM beneficiaries will be able to get advanced parole in order to be able to travel outside the US. This is critical because if they can travel and not trigger the reentry bars, some people might be able to pursue green cards at consulates if they otherwise can qualify for a green card.


CNN reporting that Romney campaign has been silent.


President now talking -


The DREAMers are American in their hearts and are like us in every respect except for their papers. Some never even knew they were illegally present until they are adults.


Makes no sense to expel young people because of the actions of their parents or inaction of politicians. This policy was forced because Congress refused to act.


This is not amnesty or immunity or a path to citizenship. It is a temporary stopgap measure that allows us to pursue what is in the country's interests. Congress still needs to act. DREAMers deserve to be able to plan in longer than two year increments. And we need these kids for our national security - for our military security and for our economy. Eventually, Republicans will come around.


 

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  1. beppenyc's Avatar
    Hi Greg,
    i never understand why no immigrants`advocay have pushed for an extension for the Grandfather law or to freeze the 5/10 years ban. I am happy for the young kids, but we all know understand that this is a political move (and the newsweek cover have played a big role), and still, problem not fixed.
  2. Sy's Avatar
    Congrats to the Dreamer's!! Glad Obama has grown some and is stepping it up, now to work on Legal immigrants, international students in the US with masters degree need respite too!
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    Let's hope they can implement this better than PD....not just words and memos.
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