If there was ever any doubt that President Barack Obama's principal objective in life is re-election, over whatever else he might stand for, the recent immigration decision removes that doubt.
I wouldn't be surprised if Phase 2 was a helicopter drop of cash over the Hispanic neighborhoods.
— Mike McLaughlin, Evanston
I voted for Barack Obama and generally support his policies.
I do take issue with the Obama administration for deciding not to enforce the immigration policy lawfully set by Congress.
The executive branch is charged with enforcing the laws enacted by Congress, not choosing which it will enforce and which it will ignore.
This is basic high-school civics, a lesson of which Obama, who taught constitutional law, is well aware.
— Michael Kostecki, Batavia
Those words at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty still have some meaning in our country. It may not be the DREAM Act, but our president is still showing that we are a country that values and welcomes the unfortunate. Although I am not one of the young people affected by his change, I read of it with gladness in my heart. I thank the president for his example of compassion.
— Carole Bogaard, Oak Lawn
It is impossible to understand Barack Obama's and the Democrats' position on illegal immigration. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has been sponsoring the DREAM Act legislation for years and it has not passed.
Obama issued an executive order last week banning Homeland Security from starting deportation proceedings on illegal entrants brought here by their parents, stating that Congress (Democratic-controlled Senate; Republican-controlled House) refuses to pass the DREAM Act.
However, for the first two years of Obama's presidency, the Democrats had total control of the White House, Senate and House and did nothing to help with the illegal-immigration issue.
Now, a few months before the presidential election, Obama bypasses Congress, including his fellow Democratic majority in the Senate, and issues an executive order totally at his own discretion.
And the White House is trying to tell the American people that this is not a political ploy.
Really! No, Mr. President, I do not want to buy the Brooklyn Bridge you have for sale.
— Gail Rose, Huntley
The right thing
Granted, President Barack Obama's new deportation policy is no panacea for our nation's immigration dilemma.
Nevertheless, for all of those immigrants this new policy pertains to, there is no doubt that it's got to be a huge relief knowing they won't be deported.
It also gives these folks hope that they are one step closer to becoming citizens so that they, too, can live the American dream.
This decision was a heartfelt gesture and the right thing for the president to do.
— JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater, Fla.
Winning an election
Why am I not shocked by the president's latest move concerning immigration?
What a great political ploy.
The president is not worried about the Americans who are unemployed but is talking about giving jobs to others.
What a way for him to try and get votes.
One cannot be sure of what maneuvers Barack Obama will pull to win the election.
I am waiting to see his next step.
— Bob Rubin, Elk Grove Village
In the olden days, when we had a strong, wise president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and he saw that too many people were out of work, he was determined to do something about it (but mainly for the good of the people, as opposed to his hopes for re-election). He decided that everyone who was jobless and willing to work would get a job through the federal government. So he created a department called the Works Progress Administration. Thousands were hired.
Thanks to the WPA, my brother-in-law, a Sunday painter, was finally able to realize his lifelong dream: to paint pictures for a living!
The WPA did more to put this country back on its feet after the Great Depression of the '30s than anything else until some time later when we rightfully declared war on Japan and our economy boomed to even greater heights. But it took the brilliant humanitarian, Roosevelt, to start the boom.
Barack Obama's new immigration policy sounds suspiciously like a self-serving venture—to improve his chances for re-election and for no other reason.
— Gloria Kaplan Sulkin, Chicago