The opening words of the Press release from the White House today recognises probably the apt reason why USA has a cutting edge over the other nations in the world. It is surely the brain drain from various countries from nook and corner of the world. Despite the opposition from the Republicans, President Obama decides to finally talk about immigrants (they are also called “Aliens” at times in the US). Alas! Quite in time, when the Republicans are announcing their potential candidates for the 2016 Presidential elections!!!! (Immigrants do you get the message??)
Coming to US is a nightmare for anyone in terms of visa and immigration requirements. Inspite of such stringent regulations, USA happens to be the home of large number of immigrants. Realising this, Obama in his executive action today had a three point action for a fair and just immigrant system.
In his own words,
- First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.
- Second, I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.
- Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.
Stressing on the point 3, Obama extended temporary status without fear of deportation to the immigrants whose children are born here, having been staying in the US for at least 5 year and passed criminal background check. The statement also allows work permits to the immigrants who would satisfy the conditions set out in the executive action. ” However this does not seem to be a pathway to citizenship and the action could be reversible, said the Obama administration office.
He also passed a fitting comment on the Congress who challenged the legality of the executive action on immigration that “The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century. And to those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”
What appeared to be even more interesting to me was that ten legal scholars of the country, immediately wrote a letter to the White House explaining the position on the constitutionality of the executive action reserving their opinion on the action itself. The signatories of the letter include Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe. The full text of the letter is here. It is sheer un-biased use of the scholarly knowledge. #Respect
Also, the statement from the White House can be found here.