Since being elected to office in 2008, Barack Obama has not been hesitant in implementing political reforms. Being the United States’ first African-American president no doubt came with scrutiny, along with being placed under a large metaphorical magnifying glass. While the verdict on whether Obama has made a positive impact on the United States is still in question, his recent executive order concerning the immigration issues within the U.S. has drawn some interesting feedback from government officials, as well as from the general public.
The issue of illegal immigration has plagued the United States for the past two decades and with the recent recession of 2008, illegal immigration was one of the main scapegoats for American citizens losing their jobs. Many citizens claimed that illegal workers would work at lower rates than many American workers would. This caused for the push for more stringent border control and placed an emphasis on removing the illegal immigrants from the United States.
In November of 2014, President Obama introduced an executive order, cleverly named the ‘Dream Act’, in hopes of curbing the immigration problems in the United States. The executive action contains two main components. The first component of the order is that found on penistoreview.com, “It would offer a legal reprieve to the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who’ve resided in the country for at least five years.” This would remove the constant threat of deportation. Many could also receive work permits. Additionally, the act will also “expand the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allowed young immigrants, under 30 years old, who arrived as children to apply for a deportation deferral and who are now here legally. Immigrants older than 30 now qualify, as do more recent arrivals.” The act includes that both young immigrants under the age of 30 within the DACA programs, as well as those older than 30 must reapply under this executive action every three years.
The controversy surrounding this executive action is obvious. American citizens are concerned that Obama is rewarding those immigrants who have successfully hidden in the country with partial citizenships in the United States. While on the surface that may seem true, the pros of this order are not as clearly seen as the cons. For example, by allowing immigrants to enter the country without penalty it will help stimulate the economy through the taxes and social security that they must pay for. Additionally, workers who already called the U.S. their home may see an increase in pay in the years to come.
Needless to say this executive action has enormous implications for the future of the U.S. and the flow of foreign immigrants into the country. Many say that the constant slander of Obama from public figures has caused him to impulsively create this act in order to remove the pressure from his cabinet. Contrastingly, some believe that with the end of Obama’s last term as president quickly approaching he has no reason to try and appease the “naysayers” and that this act was created with the future betterment of the American people at mind.