Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants will get a chance to stay in the United States and work under a new policy announced Friday by the Obama administration.As a practical matter, it doesn't really change things that much. Most people who are in this country illegally haven't had to worry about getting deported anyway. The idea that you can simply deport millions of people is absurd on its face.
President Obama's action removes the threat of deportation for as many as 800,000 immigrants nationally -- including hundreds in Minnesota -- who are under 30 and came to the United States as children. It does not offer them citizenship or permanent residency.
Mitt Romney didn't take the bait:
Some Republicans in Congress — and the governor of Arizona, whose state has been at the center of enforcement controversy — strongly criticized the Obama action. But the response from Romney was more muted.
Romney said Obama's decision will make finding a long-term solution to the nation's immigration issues more difficult. But he also said the plight of illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children is "an important matter to be considered."
That's about the only response you can offer. An executive order is only as binding as the executive who enforces it. Obama is president and gets to be president until January 20, 2013, perhaps longer. This will not be the issue that determines the election.