Let me start by stating this disclaimer: I am an American of half Mexican and half Colombian descent and not ashamed to say it.
This post will likely make everyone angry– I’m an equal opportunity offender. Of course you heard about Obama’s recent political (tactical) move yesterday right, if not where have you been? I will sum up: Janet Napolitano the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security recently modified immigration status of “Dreamers” by giving leniency to those immigrants/illegal aliens who do not pose a threat to National Security, who are under a certain age, etc. (the fine details will be listed below) the opportunity to stay in the US. After she stated this Barack Obama the following day, yesterday, conducted a circus show, I mean a “press briefing” from the Rose Garden to restate what she stated but it was him saying it and it looked presidential and like he passed a new law or drew up an Executive Order (which he did not), he merely gained votes in the eyes of the Hispanic community (maybe).
Friday morning I was awakened to texts from a fellow Christian Conservative friend who was asking me random questions about illegals and immigration. Without having a clue that she was posing these questions based on the impending Potus Statement on this “modified immigration” stance I replied telling her not to worry, that all presidents play with immigration and it’s basically condoned and controlled slave labor and when they issue sweeping amnesty it’s usually to solidify votes for said party who’s granting the amnesty. I mean really are we that easily duped by FOX news that we can’t recall when Ronald Regan did this? Or how about when after World War ll then President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mexican President Manuel Ávila Camacho hammered out plans to allow Mexicans into the US to help in the labor force: Google the Bracero Program. Our young Latinos often don’t know American History let alone how we are interwoven in American History. Let’s face it, American History is specifically rendered to give an impression that this country was overrun with Native Savages before the Colonists came to rescue them from pagan third world living. I remember two pages in a history book that covered the entire span of Slavery and racial bigotry in the US, and wanted to throw the book through my college window. Back to Barack.
Obama did not effectively “Legalize” 800,000 Mexicans ok. Let’s just get that straight people. I know the Conservative Right wants you to fear everyone, fear the gay and lesbian, fear the Muslims, fear the Mexicans, but try not to swallow the blue pill just yet, try using some good old fashion discernment and logic if nothing else.
Janet Napolitano, yes probably at the directive of Obama or whomever lobbyist requested this, is calling for a smarter approach to Immigration. I do not claim to know all the issues or the ins and outs of policy right now. What I do want is to draw to your attention that there was never an Executive Order by Barack Hussein Obama, and there’s no legal status being given, it is a political ploy that’s designed to meet certain specifications. First, in it’s outward appearance Latino’s y Latina’s may think that Obama is for amnesty of legalizing some Hispanics, sorry–he’s not, he likes keeping them illegal for obvious reasons. Second, the Conservative right can start their propaganda that Obama is going to turn the good ole’ USofA into Mexico and conversely spread racism, fear, and hatred of brown people.
What Janet and Barry did; here is the Official Announcement of what was done
Release Date: June 15, 2012
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
La Secretaria Napolitano Anuncia Proceso De Acción Diferida Para Jóvenes Que Sean De Baja Prioridad Para La Aplicación De La Ley
WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.
“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” said Secretary Napolitano. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”
DHS continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk, including immigrants convicted of crimes, violent criminals, felons, and repeat immigration law offenders. Today’s action further enhances the Department’s ability to focus on these priority removals.
Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case by case basis:
- Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
- Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
- Are not above the age of thirty.
Only those individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria will be eligible for deferred action. Individuals will not be eligible if they are not currently in the United States and cannot prove that they have been physically present in the United States for a period of not less than 5 years immediately preceding today’s date. Deferred action requests are decided on a case-by-case basis. DHS cannot provide any assurance that all such requests will be granted. The use of prosecutorial discretion confers no substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship. Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights. (emphasis mine)
While this guidance takes effect immediately, USCIS and ICE expect to begin implementation of the application processes within sixty days. In the meantime, individuals seeking more information on the new policy should visit USCIS’s website (at www.uscis.gov), ICE’s website (at www.ice.gov), or DHS’s website (at www.dhs.gov). Beginning Monday, individuals can also call USCIS’ hotline at 1-800-375-5283 or ICE’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 during business hours with questions or to request more information on the forthcoming process.
For individuals who are in removal proceedings and have already been identified as meeting the eligibility criteria and have been offered an exercise of discretion as part of ICE’s ongoing case-by-case review, ICE will immediately begin to offer them deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. (end quote)
So the Mexicans aren’t coming, but if they did leave you’d know it!
For a full explanation on what “Prosecutorial Discretion” is and isn’t please don’t tune to FOX news, they are a propaganda machine, when it comes to exposing ‘the right’ it will never happen there. I know this will freak some of my staunch conservatives out but bear in mind it’s teaching you what Prosecutorial Discretion is ok, click here: http://mediamatters.org/research/201206160002
There’s nothing to be ashamed about being Hispanic, or being American, or being both!