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SPEAK OUT: Woodall Opposes Obama's Immigration Decision

The president grants amnesty to some illegal immigrants. Share your thoughts.

President Obama made a controversial decision on illegal immigration Friday, one that already has drawn strong opposition in Gwinnett County.

In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday that it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements, CNN.com reported.

How do you feel about Obama's decision on illegal immigration? Tell us in the comments below.

The shift on the politically volatile issue drew immediate praise from Latino leaders who have criticized Congress and the White House for inaction. Republicans reacted with outrage, saying the move amounts to amnesty.

Also, the move drew strong opposition Friday from U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, whose district includes Suwanee. Gwinnett County's 805,000 residents includes many immigrants.

"With today's decree, President Obama demonstrates the same contempt for America's laws that those who enter illegally do," Woodall told the Gwinnett Daily Post. "He is undermining the balance of power laid out by the U.S. Constitution ... and advancing his election year politics at the expense of the American economy and the American people's trust."

However, Hank Johnson, Gwinnett's other congressman, took a different view.

"President Obama's important action is a small but highly significant step toward a humane policy on immigration that recognizes the realities of today's world," Johnson told the Gwinnett Daily Post.

In his announcement Friday, Obama said, "Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.

Now, let’s be clear. This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary, stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is the — it is the right thing to do."

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From CNN: What to know on immigration in the U.S.

Jason Swenson June 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I'm a legal citizen fresh out of college and now I have to compete with illegal citizens for jobs? Obama, you just lost my vote.
Mave Muzram June 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Excuse Mr. I do not think illegal immigrants are competence for you. Usually illegal immigrants have jobs working, in restaurants ( dishwashers), construction, sweeping and mopping. Honestly, I doubt that this is the job you're looking for. Find a job friend, excuses are many and this is the most ridiculous of all.
Jason Swenson June 16, 2012 at 01:01 PM
The jobs are NOT just dishwasher jobs. Many are university educated.
Jason Swenson June 16, 2012 at 01:03 PM
And I find it amusing that you think Americans aren't looking to do the jobs you mentioned. Many legal citizens are unemployed and would do anything for any kind of job.
Steve Burns (Editor) June 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I love all the comments so far here, and I know there will be others. A reminder about our policy on comments, via the Terms Of Use. http://suwanee.patch.com/terms
Noctis Wolf June 16, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Obama is a tyrant. We may call him that because he is ignoring the balance of power. A tyrant is someone who does what he or she wants to. Despite the limits of the Law. Either they ignore the limits of the Law or they unilaterally rewrite the law so they have no genuine limits on their power. We in the USA have the Constitution. When Obama did this, he made Law without Congress. Obama went around Congress when he decreed this policy. He violated the limits on the power granted to him by the USA Constitution. Therefore he is a tyrant: http://lifelightandliberty.blogspot.com/2012/04/impact-of-tyranny-on-people.html
Carrie S. June 17, 2012 at 02:28 PM
The old, worn out line, "They're just doing jobs that Americans won't do," shows just how uneducated people are regarding Obama's move on Friday. This latest act gives illegal immigrants, who are currently 30 years old and under and whose illegal immigrant parents brought them to America when they were 16 years old or younger, the ability to stay in the U.S. and receive legal work permits. Many of these "children" already have a college degree, meaning that they will now be directly competing with Americans and legal residents for white collar jobs -- jobs which are few and far between. Furthermore, this act will now serve as encouragement for any other foreigner with a "dream" and no regard for America's laws to sneak across our border. And how will we know who was here before Obama's decree and who arrived after? We won't -- we have no way of sorting that out because they are all UNDOCUMENTED. Anyone with a brain can see that this is a ploy to garner votes in an election year, and my guess is that the Obama camp is now hard at work trying to figure out how to get all these happy illegals to the polls in November. This latest move explains a lot about why Obama and his cronies are so vehemently opposed to the big, bad, "racist" Voter ID laws that so many states are trying to enact in order to prevent voter fraud. What a sad state of affairs.
Dwayne H. June 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Would it surprise you to know that Ronald Reagan gave amnesty to almost 3 million illegal immigrants on Nov. 6, 1986? http://t.co/Fam83CS5 In fact, in a televised debate with Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale in 1984, Reagan said, "I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally." But maybe Reagan was just pandering for votes...or perhaps he was a tyrant too. I'm sure there is a logical explanation for this thoughtless act some 25+ years ago by the "Father of Modern Conservative Ideology."
Betty Coppola June 18, 2012 at 03:04 PM
"Now, let’s be clear. This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary, stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is the — it is the right thing to do." What part of "this is not amnesty" does Woodall not understand?
The Resister June 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Woodall seems to want to pander to the Ku Klux Klan with the rhetoric and lies about immigrants. Odd as it may seem, there is no crime called "illegal immigration." It is a civil offense, not a crime. Adding insult to injury, we demand that people come here "properly" but, do not provide that "proper" avenue. Woodall needs to spend a few hours with me and I would straighten him out about using those neo nazi talking points about an issue he nor the other anti immigrants have a clue about.
James June 27, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Part 1 I’m no rocket scientist and my math is really bad. After using all my fingers and toes while counting that’s when every thing becomes a blur. That’s when it time to sound the illegal immigrant Alarms Every time I see reference to illegal immigrants in the news why do I get the feeling they’re referring to Mexicans, Hispanics or South Americans. This is a false positive message that most South Americans enter our country through the backdoor. Here’s how I see it from my experience as an Afro-Negro / American man married to a once illegal European. Do we need to lock the backdoor to our country? Yes! But first can we replace the locks on our front-door, please? Think about it for a second. If I have a temporary visa and fail to honor my agreement to leave the country when my visa expires who is going to come after me and force me to leave? Nobody!
James June 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Part 2 Give me 10 Federal Agents, 1 INS officer, 2 Fox news camera men, 8 patty wagons, 1 license to kick in any residential – commercial door and point me to the nearest International Airport. In 1 to 2 years I think I could free up plenty of jobs, Jail space, county dollars and State funds. Let’s start with the Family Tree of some of our local politicians. Better yet, Lets start with yogh Mamma and Daddy. Most illegal’s fly into the US on some kind of visa and never leave. If they’re lucky they will marry an American and plant seeds before they get busted. Better yet, steal some American’s identity after their visa expires. If the American people voted me as President I guaranty to change the locks on the front-door, install blinds and cut-off the lights. I guaranty Change will a come for all illegal immigrants. I will also buy Syria. I will use this land in order to banish all US criminal offenders. Creating foreign relations with our enemies in the Middle East. Just keepin’ it real.

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