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Immigration Reprieve 'Right Thing to Do, Period'

President Obama explains his decision to let young illegals stay
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2012 1:56 PM CDT
Immigration Reprieve 'Right Thing to Do, Period'
President Obama is seen speaking at the White House in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Allowing immigrants who were brought to the US as children to stay is the right thing to do for our economy, the right thing to do for national security, and "above all, it is the right thing to do, period," President Obama argues in an op-ed in Time today, explaining why he issued an executive order doing just that. "They are Americans in their hearts and minds, in every single way but one: on paper."

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"Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you've done everything right your entire life … only to suddenly face the threat of deportation to a country that you know nothing about." This is not, Obama stresses, amnesty, immunity, or a path to citizenship; it's "a temporary stop-gap" until Congress passes the DREAM Act. "The bill hasn't really changed since Republicans co-wrote it," Obama argues. "The only thing that changed, apparently, is the politics." Click for Obama's full column. (Read more Dream Act stories.)

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