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Liberals Praise Obama, ICE For Putting DREAM Act Tenets Into Practice

June 28, 2011 by  

Liberals Praise Obama, ICE For Putting DREAM Act Tenets Into Practice

In a memo issued earlier this month, President Barack Obama’s immigration chief, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton, advised ICE officials to use “prosecutorial discretion” when considering whether to deport illegal aliens.

The leaking of the memo has led some to suggest ICE is enacting some of the principles of the controversial DREAM Act, which has not been passed despite multiple attempts by Democratic leaders. On Tuesday, the Senate conducted its first-ever hearing on the bill, which would create a path to citizenship for illegal aliens brought into the country as children.

“Unable to move this legislation through the Republican-controlled Congress, the Obama administration has used its executive authority to shape immigration policy in line with the DREAM Act,” reported Mother Jones, a liberal website. “This month, in a little-noticed move, Obama’s immigration chief advised (ICE) officials to use discretion when considering whether to deport certain undocumented immigrants who are particularly vulnerable or have strong community ties to the country.”

Another leftist website, DailyKos.com, praises the memo: “This directive still leaves DREAMers in legal limbo. It’s not a path to citizenship, but can give them more breathing room. It’s not an answer to passage of the DREAM Act or comprehensive immigration reform, but it’s a welcome move from President Obama.”

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