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TGIF: Unjust Immigration Law Is Not Law

•, by Sheldon Richman

Under his executive order, most will get permission to work. Obama will also increase the number of "dreamers" — children brought here illegally by their parents and raised in the United States — who will be made safe from deportation.

What's wrong with this picture?

I can think of a few things. Why only 5 million? The government estimates that over 11 million persons live in the United States without its "permission." Obama presumably is focusing on the 5 million because he does not want to see them forcibly separated from their children. Good for him. That's a worthy motive and objective. So why didn't he do this years ago? Many families were split up while he dithered and played politics, falsely claiming he had no executive authority to defer deportations.

Moreover, his order does not apply to the parents of the "dreamers," so he reserves the power to break up those families. Shame, Mr. Obama. All persons without papers should be protected from deportation, for reasons I will soon make clear if they are not clear already.

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