“… we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger—we were strangers once, too.”
Last Thursday will probably prove to be a red letter day in the history of America with far-reaching consequences. In a short 15 minute address, the President exercised his Executive Decision power to make radical changes to the American immigration laws.
As with all reforms, some find them falling short while others oppose them on principle and want to have them revoked. Many tread the middle line between xenophobia and a total acceptance of illegal immigrants who operate in a gray economy.
In taking this action, is the President reflecting the will of the people? It depends on the “facts” one wants to examine. The Supreme Court has strongly advised the exercise of discretion in deporting an immigrant who has illegally entered the United States. Many previous Presidents also favored the granting of immunity to certain groups of immigrants. All parties agree that decisive action is definitely required, but is legalizing 5 million out of an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants the answer?
While this highly charged issue can be examined from many angles, DCR Workforce is focused solely on the implications for the American workforce. Others are better qualified to speak to its legality and constitutionality, cultural and social implications. The Executive Decision takes the following actions that impact the rights of undocumented workers to be employed in the U.S.:
In taking this action, the President provided the following justifications:
Let us wait and see how things go with its implementation; as this action is definitely a case of fixing something that is truly broken. We can expect a strong response from the opposition, particularly in light of the outcome of the recent elections which dramatically changes the composition of Congress. In the meantime, the Executive Decision moves forward. Let us all hope that all future debate on this subject can set aside the emotional responses and address the specific actions outlined in the Executive Decision.
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