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Applauding the President on the DREAM Act

President Obama's move today to enact much of the DREAM Act by executive order was a courageous step.

President Obama's move today to enact much of the DREAM Act by executive order was a courageous step on the path to comprehensively reforming our broken immigration system. I think the vast majority of Americans believe we shouldn't be punishing children who want to pursue a better future, and I applaud the President for putting his full force behind their pursuit of the American dream.

It's a shame that this obstructionist Republican Congress can't even get behind a proposal from one of its own, Sen. Marco Rubio, to do right by every child in our communities. We've been discussing the need to rebuild every aspect of how immigrants come to this country for years. I hope President Obama's move will push Congress to finally act and find a permanent solution.

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Marianne June 19, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Bravo Rich Becker! Bravo Obama!! We are a Nation of Immigrants - it is what makes us strong and makes us America. Hard-working immigrant families are a cornerstone of the Hudson Valley economy - performing back-breaking work at low wages, benefiting all, including washing the dishes in restaurants we all frequent, cleaning our homes and our offices, caring for our lawns, our elderly and our children, picking our fruit, harvesting our vegetables and packing our meat. And if immigrant populations across this country packed up and left tomorrow, the economies of communities across this nation would collapse (as has happened over and over again where anti-immigrant legislation has been enacted - try learning something). New immigrants are moving into otherwise depressed neighborhoods and buying homes and paying rent (i.e., property tax), becoming consumers and building a life - just as all of our forebears did. The fact that today's immigrants have been criminalized is a tragedy for this generation of new Americans. But they are just like my great-grandparents and yours - they came here because it was the only alternative for feeding their family, escaping oppression and having hope for their children's future. And those who wish to damn and penalize their children are nothing short of evil incarnate. (There should be chemotherapy for hate.)
Teleman June 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Wow! There's someone living in an alternate reality! LOL, thems must be some good happy pills Marianne partakes in!
Patty K June 20, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Courageous? Sheer and utter nonsense! Obama ran and won the presidential election by promising to be a "transformational" president. He promised to unite and not divide. He promised immigration reform, promised to close GITMO, promised to raise our profile and not be hated by the world. Instead he takes office almost 4 years ago and the first two major pieces of legislation he enacts (Stimulus and healthcare) he does so with a super majority of Democrats and passes these bills with no Republican participation. HE not Republicans set the tone. HE not Republicans refused to work with the other party. Then after losing the super majority in the midterm election he blames Republicans for not working with him. He blames everything on Bush/ Republicans and takes no responsibility himself. If bypassing Congress and allowing immigrants amnesty is "the right thing to do" as he said, then why didn’t he do it when he had total control of Congress? Why didn’t he do it after the Dream Act failed to pass? He could have bypassed Congress 2 years ago! NO - he did this as a re-election ploy. As far as our country being one made up of immigrants - I agree. But my grandparents came to this country legally. They assimilated and they obeyed laws. That is how our country was founded - by law abiding immigrants that legally became citizens. Obama is the worst kind of politician. He is the type that breaks election promises and panders to special interests for their vote and financial support.
Chapp Dad June 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
It is most infuriating that otherwise intelligent and wise people continue to support this "Campaigner in chief". What happened to his immigration reform promises while he ran for president 4 years ago? He can blame Bush and Republicans but he didn’t need those votes a he had a super majority and was filibuster proof Congress. He decided to fix healthcare and the economy of which he did neither. We have horrible unemployment, a stagnant economy, runaway health care costs, record deficits, out of control entitlements, a global recession,Europe on the brink, a surge in Afghanistan , and Syria , Iran, and Russia about to explode. Relations with our closest allies are at all time lows. Relations with China , Russia, and middle east are terrible under Obama. And what has our president been doing for the last year - he has been running for re-election. All the problems -He "inherited" them. He says his end around Congress immigration law is the right thing to do. I am sympathetic to these young immigrants but if it is the right thing to do why didn’t he do it 3 years ago? 2 years ago? and why not do the right thing after the Dream Act failed to pass? It is just like his change on gay marriage. right up until he came to NY and Hollywood looking to raise money at $20k a plate dinners from the rich 1% he so loathes he believed marriage was between a man and a woman- Then when he needs money his position was evolving. Now he is in favor. What a joke - wake up people.
Walden Macnair June 20, 2012 at 03:54 PM
John, OMG I can't believe I didn't see this. The President is up for re-election and he's campaigning? How did this happen?

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