Executive Power and Immigration Policy

Executive Power and Immigration Policy


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Below is a paraphrase summary of information presented on the following web site:


It is just not practical to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The President’s proposal provides undocumented immigrants a legal way to earn citizenship that will encourage them to come out of the shadows so they can pay their taxes and play by the same rules as everyone else. Immigrants living here illegally must be held responsible for their actions by passing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, going to the back of the line, and learning English before they can earn their citizenship. There will be no uncertainty about their ability to become U.S. citizens if they meet these eligibility criteria. The proposal will also stop punishing innocent young people brought to the country through no fault of their own by their parents and give them a chance to earn their citizenship more quickly if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. This good step for all the immigrants people to help them to earn the citizenship. For many country is not easy to get the citizenship. Also this citizenship help this immigrants for a lot of things.

That is the current  rule for new immigrants looking for provisional  status on the road to American citizenship:

– new immigrants  must be held responsible for their actions by passing national security and criminal background checks.

-learning English before they can earn their citizenship.

-pay fees and penalties before they will be eligible for a provisional legal status.

As we know that the President enforces and the Congress makes the law. So now with a legal status the immigrants have hope for citizenship.  That is a good step for using executive power. Also, when the President tries to make a law, he has to write it and send it to the congress. When the House of Representatives and the Senate agree, they send it back to the President and he signs it and makes it as a constitutional law.  when the President speaks about  his ideas on immigration this convinces Congress members to act.

This relative to the government because it shows how the president use his executive power to affect laws.

Here is what President Obama said on January 29,2013.  It is quoted on the White House site under the issue of immigration:

“We have to deal with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally. We all agree that these men and women should have to earn their way to citizenship. But for comprehensive immigration reform to work, it must be clear from the outset that there is a pathway to citizenship. We’ve got to lay out a path — a process that includes passing a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning English, and then going to the back of the line, behind all the folks who are trying to come here legally. That’s only fair.”