President Obama announces executive action on immigration
Executive Director for South Carolina Hispanic Outreach, Jorge Leon, said immigrants cannot return to their homeland because of the extreme violence.
Homeland Security will be focused on immigrants who threaten national securty or public safety.
By: Kelsi Childress
President Barack Obama announced his executive action on immigration reform last night. The plan provides deportation relief for up to five million undocumented immigrants.
President Obama said immigrants will be able to apply to stay in the US temporarily, without fear of deportation, if they have been in America for more than five years and pass a criminal background check. People who have children who are American citizens or legal residents would also be eligible.
"Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable," said President Obama.
Executive Director of South Carolina Hispanic Outreach, Jorge Leon, said the speech is very important because the President make a promise to the people of the Hispanic community.
"President Obama will probably have a lot of problems trying to resolve this issue. He has an interesting point of view of what it means not only for his promise but what it means for the human rights of the twelve million immigrants," said Leon.
Leon said immigrants who come into the US illegally cannot go back to their homeland because of the extreme violence and fear for their lives.
The Department of Justice issued an advisory during the speech stating the executive action is legal and explaining how the Department of Homeland Security will enforce the law. Officials are being told to focus on deportations of people who threaten national security or public safety.
"We're going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children," President Obama said about enforcing the law.