**UPDATED BELOW: Rep. Steve King to sue over policy**
THE ELECTION YEAR IMMIGRATION move comes after a series of articles revealed real angst inside the Hispanic community over Pres. Obama’s deportation milestone, which puts him as kicking more Hispanics out of the U.S. than even George W. Bush. It grants work permits to what are called “DREAMers,” undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children, allowing them to work and stay in the country legally. It secures them from the ongoing fear of deportation through immunity.
It comes as Time magazine unleashes a cover and inside article starring Jose Antonio Vargas, who lays out the U.S. immigration issue in the video below, seen on CBS “This Morning,” which has become the best morning show on TV. The article and Vargas’s story focuses on the spastic nature of U.S. immigration policy, which until today provided to path for undocumented workers, of which Vargas is the poster person. Time also takes credit for pushing the Administration on policy.
The Administration’s move also comes after weeks of team Obama fumbling the campaign message, which was made worse in the last week by failed economic efforts, leaving Pres. Obama behind it as Mitt Romney’s machine and money continue to gain energy.
Because I don’t believe Pres. Obama and his team do anything that doesn’t take into reelection advantage, this move could also signal Team Obama is betting that Mitt Romney’s going to play the Marco Rubio card through the vice presidential nomination.
It’s the move for team Romney to make and comes regardless Sen. Rubio playing coy and declaring he wasn’t interested in the vice presidential slot to protect his own power. It’s the Republican move to make, because the GOP problem with Hispanics could end up freezing them out of every national election for decades to come.
The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.
The policy change, announced Friday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.
Instead of focusing on Pres. Obama’s wholly forgettable economic speech, the conversation now shifts dramatically to the DREAM Act portions of what Pres. Obama is implementing, without Republicans being able to block the civil rights move.
It’s an important last leg base-pleaser for Obama, which comes on top of DADT and his marriage equality statement, as well as free contraception coverage for women, hitting three top Democratic sweet spots, with Hispanics now getting at least part of what candidate Obama promised in ’08. Team Obama knows turnout is king in an election that will be close.
Your move, Mr. Romney.
UPDATE: From the Daily Caller, Rep. Steve King told Mike Huckabee that he intends to sue the Obama administration to stop implementation of this policy.
Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King said Friday that he plans to sue the Obama administration to halt implementation of its newly announced selective illegal immigration law enforcement policy. He told Mike Huckabee on the former Arkansas governor’s radio program Friday that he successfully sued his own state’s governor — and won — over a similar separation-of-powers issue.