PCP: Obama has laid substantial groundwork in immigration policy

Michael Bragg

Abbi Pittman

The following is part of a Point Counter-Point opinion series, which highlights important issues and platform points for both candidates in the upcoming election. 

Read the counter-point here.

Michael BraggThe campaign trail of 2012 has hit a few key issues, namely jobs, the economy and the Affordable Care Act.

But one issue that particularly concerns a growing part of the population is immigration policies.

Who is better for America when it comes to to our southern border as well as revisiting our immigration policies?

President Obama is the better choice, of course.

According to the White House’s official website, the president has made an effort to secure our southern border, held businesses accountable who knowingly hired and exploited the work of undocumented workers, creating legal immigration policies that work with keeping these families united at all costs and allowing a pathway to citizenship for those who follow in compliance with the laws.

But that’s not all.

On June 15, President Obama announced that he would stop the deportation of young immigrants who were brought here by their parents, often referred to as Dreamers, since the DREAM Act was intended to help these youth toward citizenship.

“They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” the president said according to whitehouse.gov.

And the president has not been easy on illegal immigrants who he believes pose a threat to our security. In fact, President Obama has deported 1.2 million undocumented immigrants since mid-2010 that he claims fit the profile, according to The Huffington Post.

However, much to whatever is left of Gov. Romney’s campaign, an independent study in the same article revealed that over half of those deported have no record of a criminal record.

Romney’s stance on immigration is somewhat similar to Obama’s except for the fact that the majority of the former governor of Massachusetts’ immigration policy involves blaming Obama- according to mittromney.com –  for not being absolutely perfect at tackling immigration on top of every other problem in the nation.

So when the decision comes down to your views on immigration, ask yourself, a friend or even a Dreamer, who is the best choice for America’s immigration issue?

Bragg, a junior journalism and public relations major from Lillington, is the A&E editor.