Last week President Obama made a key political move in trying to court the Latino vote. He announced a policy change in the way that America deports undocumented immgirants --- instilling a new "posecutorial discretion" standard to the 300,000 removal cases currently pending in the Immigration Courts.
The problem is twofold:
1.) this is a 3% solution. it only potentially covers the 3% of the undocumented population --- those currently in deportation proceedings. it does NOTHING for the over 10 million people currently out of status, out of luck, and with no work authorization or future to speak of.
2.) Obama already said that he has no administrative authority to change policy. this current action runs counter to what he said recently at La Raza convention.
Obama needs to stop playing politics, and to pass administrative action on immigration. The economy can't wait.
In the Huffington Post article, an immigration expert said, "That would indeed be a positive form of relief, not only for the applicant and his/her family, but also to the country. Those with the right to work will no longer be working under the table, will pay taxes, and contribute to Social Security."