Comment: Correcting Prosecutorial Indiscretion - The New York Times reports that the Obama administration will use prosecutorial discretion to focus immigration enforcement efforts on high-priority criminal cases, and suspend deportation proceedings against many undocumented immigrants who pose no security risk. This DHS announcement is intended to curry favor with the DREAMers who were brought to the USA as minors by their parents and being the Americans in spirit (albeit not in law) that they are, are pains in the neck to the powers-that-be. The Administration will review 300,000 deportation cases to identify those that would qualify for relief under this announcement, however, reviewing this large number case-by-case may take years, and definitely will take longer than November, 2012. The DHS announcement (see below) categorically states that "it will not provide categorical relief for any group", thus categorically refuting the Public Relations spin from the White House that the DREAMers should welcome this "change". Instead, the DREAMers hoped and hope for better from those who claim to be their friends. The final evaluation will, of course, be the overall removal numbers. If the deportations continue to be at historic highs, President Obama will be remembered as the Deporter-in-Chief.
This action by DHS is consistent with the cowardly approach that this Administration has consistently had from inception on immigration matters. While it may curry favor in the Red States, the Obama re-election team can write-off New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado if this announcement is the best they can do. Elections have consequences, once Republicans are firmly in charge of all levers of power post-November 2012, the door will be open for an about-face on immigration policy, thus cementing a split in the Latino vote for a generation, effectively locking the Democratic party out of power. Such is the hope and change that will likely be Mr. Obama's legacy.
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