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Today's announcement that the deportation of young illegal immigrants would cease and that they would be allowed to apply for work permits has taken the political world by storm. Citing "lack of intent", a memorandum was issued this morning stating that children who were brought here by illegal immigrant parents know only the United States as home and should not be deported.

As one may well expect, this announcement has produced reactions that span the spectrum, ranging from exhilaration and ecstasy on the part of those it protects to fury and indignation from those who adamantly support a stringent border control. Critics of the President's move call it a political ploy, stating that such an extreme move a mere five months before the election can be nothing but a scheme to overwhelmingly claim the Latino vote.

Coming in on the heels of Obama's recent endorsement of gay rights, it appears that he is rolling out scheme after scheme to garner votes as the as-yet undecided election looms menacingly around the corner. Granted that one could say Obama's hand was forced by Vice President Biden on the gay rights issue, this latest decision raises many questions on exactly to what lengths President Obama is willing to go to gain voters' loyal support.

Even those lawmakers who are sympathetic to the cause of young immigrants may take exception to this particular turn of events as the legislative branch of government was taken out of the equation and the decision was made purely on an executive command.

Regardless of where one might stand on this particular issue, whether or not one supports the President

Critics of the President's move call it a political ploy, a scheme to claim the Latino vote.
9;s decision, it is not in the least bit debatable that this day is probably one of Governor Mitt Romney's worst. Caught off guard, he offered a tepid, equivocal response to the President's bold move, coming off as unprepared and ambivalent. Mr. Romney, as challenger to the incumbent, is poised to take a beating on issues like these, as he lacks the power that the incumbent president has to make decisions that directly and immediately affect the lives of the constituents.

Whether it is an issue of creative procedure, an issue of persuasive politics, or simply an act of generosity from a benevolent president, today's decision will certainly have a positive impact on the lives of many young people and an influential impact on the unfolding election. Although they still cannot vote, the youthful voices of gratitude are sure to have some echo in the voices of the community around them. It is possible that an incoming president can reverse this decision, and President Obama himself did declare that this is not a permanent fix. But for the moment, it has produced a positive wave of support for a candidate in dire need of it.

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