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A Moral Question for the GOP

mnelson914 Wrote: Aug 18, 2012 3:29 AM
Of course we have compassion for the illegal immigrant children. We were not sending them back anyway. Why circumvent the rule of law to grant them a two year amnesty during an election year? That is just rewarding illegal behavior and giving the middle finger to legal immigrants that have been waiting for years to come here legally.

Many conservatives reject President Obama's recent policy to defer action against illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. But as a conservative who supports the president's decision, I think it's important to seriously engage the arguments both for and against the policy.

First, let me explain what the Obama program does and does not do. It explicitly does not grant legal status to any group, even those who came illegally as infants or children. Those who are eligible for deferred action are given no path to permanent residency or to citizenship. They are not eligible for...