Thursday, September 1, 2016

Can Obama Pardon Millions of Immigrants?

Summary: 

President Barack Obama has deported more than 2.5 million people, this is more than any president and the same number as were deported in the entire 20th century. However, Obama’s recent efforts to help those against the United States strict immigration laws is the deportation deferral program. This program would excuse the deportation of parents of American citizens and residents and keep many families together. Unfortunately, the program was recently deadlocked by congress due to abuse of power, putting Obama’s highly praised efforts to an end. However, although things might seem not in Obama’s favor in terms of reform, there are loopholes Obama can use to help the parents and relatives of United States citizens by using his power to pardon them. Similar to what Jimmy Carter did by pardoning 500,000 men from avoiding military service, Obama can technically excuse the millions of people under attack by the countries immigration laws. According to the constitution, the Presidents power to pardon is eligible not only for an exemption of crime, but to excuse any offense towards the United States, and also stating that congress has no power to interfere with a presidents pardon; effectively making this an ideal choice for Obamas goal to help family members that would otherwise be deported. The President still has time in his term to issue a pardon, as it would take affect immediately, but many speculate that it would cause havoc among congress despite their inability to interfere, and cause an uproar to some in the population. 

History Connection: This article relates to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Law, where children arriving illegally are established temporary exemption against deportation. Similar to this recent law, many illegal immigrants as parents of U.S citizens are in danger of deportation and being torn from their families. Hopefully, through Obama’s actions and future presidents, immigration reform will be successful and there will be a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. 


Why do you think Obama hasn’t issued a pardon for the millions of illegal immigrants? These exemptions all seem reasonable to me, since these illegal immigrants are not criminals, but why do you think congress is giving Barack Obama such a hard time? Would deportation of all these people affect the United States economy?

13 comments:

  1. I agree with you. Obama should issue a pardon, especially if the immigrants aren't criminals. Congress could be giving him a hard time because they might not want to deal with such a big issue. The economy, although, would most likely be effected because of the growing population and need for more job opportunity.

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  2. I also agree that a pardon should be given to those who aren't criminals. However, I believe that congress is giving Obama a hard time due to the fact that pardoning all the immigrants would most likely anger everyone that is not for immigration. Immigration is frail subject right now especially considering one of our presidential candidates is for it and one is against it.

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  3. I think that Obama is not issuing a pardon because of the havoc it would create. He would be exercising his executive powers, and people would be outraged and say that he is abusing his power. Congress can't decide anything because of the way it is set up, it is not just majority rule, and no one is compromising.

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  4. I agree with Connor, I think those who are criminals don't deserve a pardon. But I think those immigrants who are already in america should receive a pardon.

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  5. I agree with connor that pardons should not be given to criminals as that would concern the people of the U.S. Also, because the issue is a fragile, controversial topic, Obama could not possibly issue millions of pardons or he could risk the safety and support of our country. Obviously deporting millions of illegal immigrants who are probably contributing to the country by working for the country's job opportunities will have an economic impact that could weaken the strength of the country's workforce.

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  6. I agree with connor that pardons should not be given to criminals as that would concern the people of the U.S. Also, because the issue is a fragile, controversial topic, Obama could not possibly issue millions of pardons or he could risk the safety and support of our country. Obviously deporting millions of illegal immigrants who are probably contributing to the country by working for the country's job opportunities will have an economic impact that could weaken the strength of the country's workforce.

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  7. I agree with Micheal, criminals don't deserve a pardon. The people that are in america with clean background should receive a pardon.

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  8. I disagree with everyone above. All illegal immigrants should be deported back to where they came from. Rules are made to be followed and to ensure safety in a nation. The fact that there are illegal immigrants in the United States should be a red flag to us all. Obama should not issue a pardon for illegal immigrants.

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    1. I understand where you are coming from, however, these illegal immigrants are not criminals, with no harm to anyone. These people are the parents who have raised their children to become citizens of the United States that keep our economy rolling and helping the United States continue innovating in medicine, technology, etc. There is no reason that illegal immigrants without any background of harmful behavior should be a "red flag"

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    2. I understand where you are coming from, however, these illegal immigrants are not criminals, with no harm to anyone. These people are the parents who have raised their children to become citizens of the United States that keep our economy rolling and helping the United States continue innovating in medicine, technology, etc. There is no reason that illegal immigrants without any background of harmful behavior should be a "red flag"

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  9. i think Obama should deport the criminals and pardon the ones with a clean background

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  10. I think they should do background checks on all immigrants and the ones that have criminal history should go to court and let the judge decide if they could have a chance and start fresh in the United States or they can get sent back to there native country. Unlike the immigrants that aren't harming anyone they should stay because they do all the "dirty work" that most people wouldn't want as jobs.

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