Last Friday was a victory for many DREAMers when President Obama announced plans for his new immigration policy. Although it has not even been a week since the announcement, it is clear that these changes will ultimately be positive for the American people. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, only 30% of potential voters disagreed with the President’s new immigration policy, while 64% of potential voters supported the change. Independent voters even backed the decision on a 2 to 1 ratio.
This policy will give 800,000 undocumented immigrants the opportunity to legally live and work in the United States for two more years. Many of this 800,000 will be college graduates and they will finally have the chance to contribute to society, through skilled jobs and taxes.
Obama clearly has better plans for immigration reform especially when compared to Mitt Romney, who seems to have no real plan. Romney seems to flip flop on issues of immigration although he has mentioned ideas such as “self deportation.” Romney has not responded to Obama’s plan as he would like to win the Hispanic vote without upsetting conservative Republicans. Obama’s policy for deferred action is a clear plan of action and therefore more effective and helpful for the United States.