The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety. The new policy is expected to help thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as young children, graduated from high school and want to go on to college or serve in the armed forces. White House and immigration officials said they would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to focus enforcement efforts on cases involving criminals and people who have flagrantly violated immigration laws.
It’s a move in the right direction, but Roberto Lovato explains:
While there will be a temporary jolt of excitement amidst the confusion and diversionary euphoria of Thursday’s announcement, Latino voters are no longer apt to forget President Obama’s failure to fundamentally alter or abolish devastating immigration policies… In this sense, the Obama Administration’s announcement represents a (Less Than) 3% Solution to the crisis that his administration has caused in the lives of the more than 1 million immigrants he has already deported, the majority of whom have committed no crime other than seeking a better life for them and their families.