Opinion: Obama’s immigration policy doesn’t go far enough

We’re starting a new daily feature on the show. Every day, we’ll highlight an opinion piece from around the country or our region and we’ll often feature the authors on the air.

We’re kicking off with a critical look at Obama’s new immigration policy that allows young immigrants protection from deportation.

Sayu Bhojwani wrote in The National Journal:

It’s hard to ignore this reality: The president’s deferred-action policy helps only an estimated 1.4 million immigrants and is only temporary. Even as the Democratic convention’s main stage mainstreamed the cause of these young immigrants, millions of other immigrants are struggling in the shadows.

What do you think of Obama’s new policy for young immigrants?

–Stephanie Curtis, social media host

  • Jerry

    What is it that Sayu thinks would be fair??

    We need to keep in mind that we are talking about people that came here illegally.

  • Sue

    I feel that allowing the innocent children to stay is a just solution – but we need to remember the parents made a choice to come here illegally.

  • Sam

    I think Obama’s policy is a step in the right direction, but we have a long way to go. Immigration is a big issue in America and I am all for practical solutions. Deportation of all illegal/undocumented immigrants is not feasible (nor necessarily wanted). A possible solution may be to issue a temporary visa to all of them (a sort of amnesty program), however, to not dissuade or discourage those who went the legal route, make the path to citizenship/residence longer (not more difficult) for those who were previously undocumented.

    They want to work and be a part of America and we should help them do that (and prevent unethical companies from taking advantage of their undocumented status).