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Published: Friday, June 15 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

Reality is becoming a place to which the GOP more and more cannot go.

Iowa City, IA

He'd better do something for voters. He's leaked sensitive national security items, has an attorney general who thinks he is above the law, forced a health care law that nobody likes, has driven the work force into the ground, he has hurt every segement of america, screamed against big corporations but then bails them out etc. The Obama ship in sinking fast. I'm just wondering why he didn't do something like this 4 years ago. It's not like it's a new problem.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Obama is part of the problem. We got in this mess (and many others) because the government can't say "No."
Of course, we have plenty of jobs to go around so it shouldn't be too bad, right? Oh wait, we've got a huge unemployed teen problem and college grads who can't find work.

Eli Tesecular PhD
Salt Lake City, UT

Seriously, why bother electing all those superfluous congress people? I love the idea of President Obama changing and creating laws on the spot. It saves time and avoids all that icky democracy junk.

Who is for him fixing the 22nd amendment? I, for one!

Somewhere in Time, UT

Election year politics. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Alexandria, VA

While it would have been better had Congress done something to help those who came here aas children and through no fault of their own, are here illegally (and typical of Congress - did nothing), right now this seems to represent one of the best examples I have seen in a long time of Justice tempered by Mercy. Perhaps we could all learn how to apply this principle in our own lives.


While I agree with this narrow policy decision, it is a drop in the ocean of solving our larger immigration policy problems. Sadly the timing of Obama's announcement makes it clear that his real motive is political. He could have addressed this problem at any time during his presidency. Real support for immigration reform would have meant proposing a comprehensive policy then exercising presidential leadership to push it through congress. On the very real issues that face us today- Budget deficits, Social Security and Medicare reform, Immigration policy, Economic recovery and job creation- Obama has failed to propose any real plan and instead substituted blame shifting, diversion, and crass political gimmickry. We desperately need real leadership not political gamesmanship.

Nana Sid
West Jordan, UT

I've been waiting for a long time to see someone begin to fix the immigration problem. Too bad my political party can't seem to pull it together.

Sandy, UT

I'm one of many who desperately hope we can soon say goodbye to the worst president in the history of the country. Many were skeptical when he was the most liberal member of congress and nobody really knew much about him other than that. But now, after 3 1/2 years of sheer foolishness, abuse of office and authority, and seemingly doing everything in his power to embarrass and diminish the country, it's citizens, it's workers, and it's taxpayers, it doesn't take a mental giant to figure out that this is one liability we simply can't afford to keep. This year we'll find out just how qualified the voters are as well.

Las Vegas, NV

just another desperate attempt to divert attention from his failed policy.


The immigration "problem " is solved just as soon as our neighbors to the south allow the same kind of individual and economic rights as guaranteed to the citizens of the US by our Constituiion.

Joseph Smith prophesied that all of north and south america would some day be called Zion, or in other words would have the US constitution, which he referred to as a heavenly banner, reign throughout the western hemisphere.

Captain Kirk
Lehi, UT

I probably agree with the outcome of Obama's order but I can't agree with how it was done and it is obviously just pandering for votes. He is such a weak leader.
Illegals are here. Some have been here all their lives. They are not just going to go away. Leaving them in illegal status creates an underclass. We need to find a way to make them productive and legal.
It is a complicated and difficult issue. We either need to kick them out or dry up their ability to function and live here so they go back on their own OR we need to give then a way to be legal.
I personally don't like the idea of mass deportations but I can understand it. Unless you secure the borders they will just come back. Securing the border is not that easy. And I don't really want to live in a country where people are hunted down in mass by police. I believe in a melting pot. Speak English, integrate, work hard and I have no problem with immigrants. We need permanent policies to promote these things.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

This is a great move. I'm sad my Republican Party is opposing it.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Obama is in full panic mode. He's not keeping his powder dry until the fall. He is not. Why? Because people are paying attention. And we don't like what we're seeing or what we're getting from Obama. First the churches, then women, then Bain Capital, then gays and now this. They're just throwing everything up against the wall. They are looking at ways to grant amnesty en masse without legislation. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio joined Arizona talk show host Mike Broomhead today in two separate segments to discuss the President's decision to selectively enforce immigration law a decision which Brewer said has the status of law even though it actively contradicts the law. Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney offered a clear preview of the type of campaigns they intend to run against each other. And they made them in defiance of a week of protests from influential voices in their own parties who urged them both to offer voters forward-thinking solutions.

That's why the GOP political party can't seem to pull it together.

They are "lost in space" somewhere out there.

My views.

Sanpete, UT

John C. C.

Maybe because it's illegal. Since when does the President have the authority to just pass a law without a vote? This whole thing is unconstitutional. There are boundaries and laws that even this rock star needs to obey.

Why does congress not do anything about this? This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Vote!

smarty pants
Herriman, UT

It's just too bad that Obama is doing this on the election year. You shouldn't worry about the latino votes when they cannot even vote for him. The only way to vote is being a citizen. After being a permanent resident for the last 6 years I finally became a U.S citizen last year. And my vote goes to Romney!

Bob Rooney
Murray, UT

Obama's Amnesty Is Unconstitutional, Disaster for Unemployed.
If you against any kind of Amnesty, go to this website and register.
Google this: NUMBERSUSA. Once you are registered, go to the "action board"

Atlanta, GA

I find it interesting that some are willing to support the president when he bypasses Congress and implements laws they agree with such as this one. However, what will they think when he (or his successor) uses that same power to implement laws to which they disagree? If we allow THIS president to make his own laws then we must be prepared for ALL future presidents to do the same. Do we really want to have a King or Dictator ruling over us?

The Constitution is becoming irrelevant because WE THE PEOPLE are allowing it to happen. If we do not stop this we will someday have no say in how we are governed. Instead of ours being a "Government of the People" we will instead become the "People of the Government."

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

This is an Obama campaign stunt.
Read the fine print. What it says is that immigration judges have discretionary latitude to forestall deportation and grant temporary work permits to teens and young adults who have grown up here and would suffer hardship if deported.
Guess what? The BIA judges already have that latitude. We had a case like that in the news recently. But the two year reprieve expired and they were facing deportation.
Obama has actually suggested limiting that latitude with conditions about age and scholastic status.
To be sure, he wants to poke the camel's nose further under the tent. These brown-eyed high school students are just good poster children for amnesty.
But he's offered nothing of substance here.
Romney was a fool to respond in kind. He should have simply called it a political ploy, shamed Obama for using children as human shields and moved back to talking about the lousy economy.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Its a sad day for LEGAL American citizens. That includes LEGAL hispanic voters.

Most legal hispanic voters don't want to support the freeloaders any more than the rest of us.

Those of us who follow the illegal immigration issue pretty much expected something like this from the Obama administration, but we thought it would be closer to the election.

The NEXT thing we need to know is if Romney will reverse this action his first day in office?

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