Thursday, August 16, 2012

Obama encourages American dream; Republicans, not so much

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 6:32 AM

DREAM DEFERRED: Obstruction of the Dream Act makes an Obama administration alternative popular.
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  • DREAM DEFERRED: Obstruction of the Dream Act makes an Obama administration alternative popular.
All over the country, thousands of young immigrants lined up to apply for information about deportation deferrals and work (emphasis WORK) permits to stay in the country on the first day of a new Obama administration program.

Tea Party klaverns are undoubtedly buzzing like beehives poked with a stick over the president giving this limited measure of welcome to strivers who came to the country as children and now hope desperately to stay in a country that once proudly opened its "golden door." The NY Times photograph at the link of the horde of young people in Chicago clamoring to be welcomed here should be inspiring, not frightening.

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer rose to the call with an executive order barring any state assistance to those receiving protection under the program. As this article notes, it was mostly more empty posturing from a governor known for same.

We need the Dream Act, stalled by the Republicans in Congress. On this, Mike Huckabee and I agree.

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