OSSOWSKI: Obama’s pledge to halt deportations: A legal immigrant’s take

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog

TAMPA — It was the memorandum heard around the world.

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security sent out a letter outlining how young undocumented immigrants, whether enrolled in school or enlisted in the military, should not be subject to deportation proceedings and should be considered for work visas that would allow them to stay in the country—at least temporarily.

The move initiated by President Barack Obama has drawn ire from groups opposed to illegal immigration and celebratory praise from those dedicated to furthering the immigrant’s cause.

In a technical sense, it means that federal resources will not be actively spent deporting young immigrants who entered the country under their parents’ arms, ignorant of the laws and procedures that sought to limit their ability to enter the country and start a life.

But as a temporary bandage on a bleeding problem, one that has inflamed detractors and proponents and put a voting bloc on notice, what exactly does this decision entail for the future of migration into this country?

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Yaël Ossowski is a journalist, writer, and consumer advocate. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is the founder and editor of Devolution Review and deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center. He was previously a national investigative reporter at Watchdog.org. He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague, and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Website https://yael.ca
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