As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, President Obama announced late last week that the federal government would no longer deport immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The right wing is up in arms, of course, while Mitt Romney tries to figure out how to be against it and for it all at the same time (as he does with every other issue, of course). Balko’s reaction is spot on:
So if I’m understanding all of this correctly, today the president said that if you were brought to this country at a young age, by no choice of your own, which is to say that if the United States has been your home for as long as you can remember . . . . we will no longer put you handcuffs, put you on a bus or plane, then dump you in a country where you might have been born, but that is otherwise completely foreign to you.
Somehow, this is controversial?
In a humane, sane world, the country’s collective reaction to today’s announcement would have been, You mean until now, we were actually doing this to people? What the hell is wrong with us?
But he also points out that the real problem with Obama’s order is that it sets an age limit of 30 — if you were brought here by your parents long enough ago that you’ve reached the age of 30, you can still be deported.