President Obama signed an executive order — not a bill sent by Congress — to allow up to 1.7 million illegal immigrants to temporarily get legal residence.
Not being a law, this order can be reversed if a new President cancels it. Congress has nothing to say about it either way.
My guess is that no future President will stick his finger into the immigration hornet’s nest to reverse this executive order.
The immigration authorities expect 1.2 million applications.
These will be mostly high school students who were brought here illegally by their parents. Let’s hope they graduated.
They will still have to apply for citizenship. The order protects them from deportation.
Obama said that this will let the immigration bureaucrats concentrate on criminals. Last year, half of the 400,000 deported were either criminals or repeat immigration violators.
Probably, the people who identify themselves will not be deported, ever. This means that they will become legal aliens. They will be able to get jobs or go on welfare, whichever appeals to them most.
Let’s hope they get jobs.