President Obama can not legally give anyone legal status in the United States. That has to come by way of Congressional action. Those of you who believe that whole amnesty thing need to go and read up on immigration law a bit.
The President, by being the head of the Executive Branch, is the point person for the enforcement of law. What his executive actions can do is direct how a particular law or set of laws is enforced. He cannot change law either. So, don’t believe that crap.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, did not legalize any children brought here to the US. It did not give them a legal pathway to citizenship nor did alter their current legal status. It only gave them a temporary reprieve for being subject to orders of removal. They are still subject to grounds of inadmissibility, and they can be removed if the situation warrants removal.
What we need is a Congress that has the balls to be honest with America. We need a media that has the balls to be honest with America. We need an America that has the balls to be honest with America.
Obama cannot grant amnesty, and I doubt he intends to do so. His actions can only direct enforcement of immigration law. Congress has the power to grant amnesty, and I doubt they will do so. They can, however, do what’s necessary to settle our immigration issues. Instead, they’re too damn busy trying to score political points by stirring up the base, pushing ideological lies that do nothing but make people angry.
Obama, for his part, is playing political games as well. He’s asked Congress numerous times to work on immigration, and they have chosen not to. By pushing EOs, he’s basically goading them into doing something. Whether it turns out to be meaningful or strictly political is up to Congress.