And while am opposed to making things more difficult for successive waves (unless domestic circumstances so dictate-things are subject to change) I certainly am NOT for making things easier just to appease your emotion based rhetoric.
I think it was mostly done in jest, but it's still pretty funny watching people get their periods over it. I think point was that saying you have a right to determine the legal standing of other individuals because your ancestors came here 100/200/300 years ago is pretty silly. Native Americans had been here for thousands of years and that didn't stop Europeans from coming over, trampling over their laws and practically strong arming them into reservations.
Immigration policy should be addressed to fit the times. It shouldn't be addressed based on a warped historical sense of who was here first and who wasn't. For one, I'm not too happy about the way in which this EO would address the illegal immigration problem. However, I do recognize the need to do something about it and I'd much rather Obama put into action Republican initiatives like he would with this EO than wait as the new GOP Congress stalls immigration reform with lawsuits to enforce the ACA they didn't want enforced and laughable Benghazi hearings.
Remember, this was the GOP less than a year ago:
House Republicans Just Announced Their Plans For Immigration Reform: ‘Get Right With the Law’ | TheBlaze.com
And here is their policy on people who broke immigration laws:One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents. It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own, those who know no other place as home. For those who meet certain eligibility standards, and serve honorably in our military or attain a college degree, we will do just that.
So, less than a year ago, Republicans were espousing what this EO would do.It's also important to note that their measures would have forced them to admit that a large majority of illegal immigrants aren't scum. What it also suggests is that their measures would have probably allowed far more than 5 of the supposed 30 million illegals to stay.Rather, these persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits)
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK