President Obama recently gave a speech to the nation in which he unveiled his new immigration reform policy. His new policy will fulfill a promise he made to Americans when he was sworn into office five years ago.
In his speech to the nation, President Obama announced that he would be issuing an executive order to enforce his immigration policy after many failed attempts to get a bill passed by both houses of Congress.
The most widely discussed part of President Obama’s immigration policy is his plans for dealing with undocumented immigrants.
In his speech, President Obama said that undocumented immigrants, who have been living in the U.S. for more than five years, who have children who are American citizens or illegal residents, who register, pass a criminal background check and who are willing to pay their share of taxes will be able to apply to stay in the U.S. temporarily without being deported.
News of President Obama’s immigration policy has been met with praise across the country, including at St. John’s, which was founded to serve the children of immigrants.
“As a Hispanic woman, I’m glad that there’s finally immigration reform,” said sophomore Nathalie Tigua. “The Hispanic community has been waiting for this since Obama came into office. I think he made the right choice because Congress is so divided that the immigration reform probably would’ve not passed.”
Although President Obama’s plan has been met with great praise, many political officials believe that President Obama is overextending his power by using an executive order to combat the immigration issue.
According to CNN, Senator John McCain released a statement in which he said President Obama’s executive action “not only lacks legal justification, but will set back important bipartisan efforts to reform our broken immigration system and secure our nation’s border.”
Despite the controversy, President Obama’s new immigration policy has opened dialogue about an issue that for a long time seemed forgotten.