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In "Obama's immigration decision could roil 2014 election," Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa write “Both political parties are in a state of high anxiety about the possibility that President Obama will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the country...

The "possibility"? President Obama is already allowing millions of illegal aliens to remain in the country. What he's considering is giving them work permits.

In "Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps," Josh Lederman writes, “The most sweeping, controversial step under consideration involves halting deportation for millions, a major expansion of a 2012 Obama program that deferred prosecutions for those brought here illegally as children.

He's referring to DACA, of course, the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" program that could be expanded to include adult arrivals. DACA isn't just deferred action; it also grants social security numbers and work permits (among other benefits).

Work permits are a big deal. Consider how differently this paragraph from Lederman would read if he included them:

...the administration plans to argue that Congress failed to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, thereby ceding wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations of the 11.5 million people who are in the country illegally...

President Obama isn't just re-considering deportation priorities (which he's already changed). He is really trying to justify a program to issue work permits to millions of people. Such a program will require resources. How strange then, that the administration plans to use "limited resources" as a justification.

Updated: Fri, Sep 12th 2014 @ 10:40am EDT

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