By Cherae Hunt |Staff Writer|
Over four million immigrants should have been able to apply for temporary relief from deportation through Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), which was part of President Barack Obama’s plan to keep immigrant families together.
“I think President Obama had good intentions but I don’t think he thought about the American people when he created DACA and DAPA,” said CSUSB staff member Dennis Fieldman.
DAPA was a further expansion of protection from deportation for illegal immigrants; this time for parents who were here illegally but have lived in the U.S. since 2010 and had children who were American citizens or lawful permanent residents, according to Sarah Rumpf on brietbart.com.
“Let’s not forget that an estimated 204,000 people in New Jersey will be able to come out of the shadows and contribute to the community and the economy thanks to the president’s executive actions,” stated New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, according to The Huffington Post.
“These are moms and dads — good people, hard-working people — who will register with the government, pass a background check, get a work permit, pay taxes, and no longer fear deportation,” continued Menendez.
Two of George W. Bush’s chief rivals, including Scott Walker and Ted Cruz, have come out against any legal status for unlawful immigrants.
“President Obama is not only blatantly defying the Constitution by refusing to faithfully execute our nation’s immigration laws; his amnesty policy is harming millions of Texans and Americans,” said Cruz, according to cruz.senate.gov.
Florida State Sen. Marco Rubio supports a path to legal status but only after piecemeal reforms have been established to beef up border security and overhaul the legal immigration system.
“I think giving these immigrants the opportunity to live the American dream as a family is a great idea. I usually don’t really agree with Obama’s politics but as [a] Mexican American that has parents from Mexico I feel some relief,” said student Anahi Medina.