The Obama administration announced Friday it will stop deporting illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age.
The politically charged decision comes as Obama faces a tough reelection fight against Republican Mitt Romney, with Hispanic voters in swing states seen as a key bloc.
The change in policy could allow as many as 800,000 immigrants who came to the United States illegally not only to remain in the country without fear of being deported, but to work legally, according to a senior administration official speaking to reporters Friday.
The new policy will not grant citizenship to children who came to the United States as illegal immigrants, but will remove the threat of deportation and grant them the right to work in the United States...
Some interesting things about the "key bloc" of Hispanic voters:
1. Actually, lots of them don't vote, notwithstanding Democratic and Republican politicians alike will do backflips for them.
2. Mexican elites in the US will go to ridiculous lengths to embrace the Meso-American brand, like Xochitl Hinojosa:
(She's on the left.)
3. "Hispanic" is a linguistic label applied to everybody from Barcelona to Santo Domingo and from Fidel Castro to Jennifer Lopez. Probably, Augusto Pinochet and George Zimmerman have had their Hispanic cards revoked, and most people don't seem to know where Brazilians came from.
4. Judging from Univision and Hispanic illegitimacy rates, I'm not holding my breath waiting for this Key Hispanic Voting Bloc to urge the repeal of Roe v. Wade and call out gay marriage as an obscene sham. I'm also not betting on them writing their elected officials in Mexico about how state-owned enterprise crowds out the private investment which might otherwise employ them.