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Two Parties, Two Recent Stories,
Two different approaches to immigration and Latinos.
This flew under my radar this week before I had a chance to lampoon it, between my own Flag Day thing, Tharp-Gate, and 405-Toll-Lane-Gate: The Orange County GOP, in the middle of endless hand-wringing over how best to appeal to the hispanic voters who eschew them like the plague, celebrated their OWN Flag Day event with featured speaker Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, the very face of draconian xenophobia and nativism.
(Marty Wisckoll informs us that they also gave a posthumous award to deranged prankster Andrew Breitbart, disenfranchiser of countless blacks and hispanics through his successful war against ACORN, and libeler of the exemplary Shirley Sherrod.)
And this morning – kudos, it’s about time, but better late than nunca:
President Barack Obama’s administration announced Friday that it would stop deporting younger illegal immigrants and would begin granting them work permits.
The policy will apply to immigrants younger than 30 who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16, have been in the country at least five years, have no criminal history and graduated from high school, earned a GED or served in the military. The decision could affect as many as 800,000 immigrants.
“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”
DHS said it will continued to “focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk, including immigrants convicted of crimes, violent criminals, felons, and repeat immigration law offenders.” …
¡Pues, VOTEN Cabrones!