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POLL: Who is Right in the Obama V. Kline Immigration Debate?

This week, President Barack Obama announced that illegal immigrants under 30 would be allowed to stay and work—a move that Burnsville Congressman John Kline called a "breach of faith."

This week, President Barack Obama granted a select number of young, undocumented immigrants a reprieve from deportation.

According to a memorandum from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, the reprieve applies on to those who:

  • came to the United States under the age of  sixteen; 
  • have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of  this memorandum and is present in the United States on the date ofthis memorandum; 
  • are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of  the Coast Guard or  Armed Forces of the  United States; 
  • have not been convicted of  a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or  otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and
  •  are not above the age of  thirty. 

Obama's directive offers protection from deportation for two years, but it does not include a path to citizenship or permanent residency. According to reports from Minnesota Public Radio and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the measure will affect about 10 percent of the undocumented population. That could be as many as 800,000 immigrants nationally.

Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice Unversity's Baker Institute for Public Policy, told MPR that the group included in the order are "young, smart Hispanics who are probably the most integrated of all the undocumented migrants because they grew up in the United States.

Payan added that the directive positions Obama well with Hispanic voters.

"Nobody wants to be mean to the young—especially those working hard, going to school," Payan said.

On the other hand, according to the STRIB, Republican Congressman John Kline said the measure "breached the faith...by granting amnesty to potentially millions of illegal immigrants."

He contrasted this group of immigrants with those of years past who "came to this country legally to work hard, learn English and assimilate to the culture and make contributions to this great nation...Illegal immigrants should not be rewarded for breaking our laws." 

What's your opinion? Weigh in below (and be nice—no personal attacks, nasty language or racial slurs).

Bernard P. Friel June 20, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Congressman Kline, "breach the faith" with whom? Have you forgotten that the President's Dream Act proposal passed the House in 2010 with a bipartisan majority of 216 to 198, and then received a vote in the Senate of 55 in favor to 45 against only to fail passage there because of a Republican filibuster. Tell me Congressman, just who has indulged in a breach of faith ?
Clare Kennedy June 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Thanks for your response Bernard. I can see that you put a lot of thought into it. Anyone else out there want to weigh in?
Donald Lee July 20, 2012 at 03:22 PM
We are a nation on the basis of our fealty to our constitution and laws. Our law is made through established processes, and all laws go through the same process. (Fillibuster is part of that process.) Mr Obama in this case is choosing what law, and what part of the law he will enforce. It is simple selective enforcement based on the emotional arguments of those who believe the law should be different, and he should "make up for" the "problem". If we are suggesting that one branch (executive) should honor laws that have not *quite* passed, while dishonoring laws that *have* passed, the we no longer have a "Rule of Law". We have rule of men. This is a breach of faith with the oath Mr. Obama took to "preserve, protect and defend" the constitution of the US. The President is honor bound to follow and enforce the law, not choose which laws he thinks are acceptable. If the law should be changed, change it. We have processes in place to do that. (see above)

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