Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

OPINION: Obama's 'Dream Act' Kindness Has Costs

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

OPINION: Obama's 'Dream Act' Kindness Has Costs

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President Barack Obama's opponents have accused him of usurping congressional power by using executive orders to accomplish what Congress refuses to do. Among the more popular examples to change the law with his use of "the pen" was when he signed an executive order suspending deportations of illegal immigrants who came here as children.

Many people favored the president's actions because they felt compassion for the children who might not have been born here but knew little other than the United States. They were brought here by their parents and didn't willfully cross the border illegally. Many people felt that they shouldn't be turned away from a country that they had come to know as their home.

Those who disagreed said that Congress had rejected the "Dream Act" and that the president shouldn't enact it by executive fiat. But they were in the minority, and Obama ignored their protests.

But even acts of kindness can have unintended consequences. …

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