Monday, August 22, 2011
What? Common sense in government? Amazing!
The Obama administration recently announced that, "it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety." See the New York Times article, "Fewer Youths to Be Deported" for more details. But basically this means there are approximately 300,000 young, undocumented immigrants who may get a chance to stay in the U.S. and successfully complete their education. This makes SO much sense! The students came here as children and had no choice in whether they would live without documentation in the U.S. They are applying their knowledge and talents to improving their lives and the communities they live in, which translates into less crime, higher tax revenue collected, more stable housing, and healthier families. There needs to be a pathway created to legal U.S. citizenship and I believe this is an important first step. U.S. leaders recognize the benefits we will gain in our economy and society by supporting hard-working, educated youth to be positive contributors to our country. Hooray for common sense!