I think this is all a massive squirrel exercise to distract us from the Fast & Furious scandal and the Holder contempt charge.
First, it was not an executive order. It did not even come from the White House. Most people think it is because Obama seemed to imply that it was in his speech.
It is not even a DHS "order". It is an explanatory memo from Janet Napolitano. As she begins the memo:
"By this memorandum, I am setting forth how, in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home."
But then, if you read the memo, you find out that it is not really about young people brought as chidren to the US.
They can have come, on their own, at up to 16 years old. They can be as old as 30. They only need to have lived here for 5 years. During those 5 years they can have spent as much as 6 months, each year, outside of the US.
It also addresses people who served illegally in the military. It is hard for me to believe that there are illegals in our military. Getting into and staying in the military is not like getting a job at HoDe of McDonalds. They check pretty closely. I wonder what Obama was really talking about here.
The whole memo doesn't really change any current practices in any dramatic way. It is basically suggestions, not even orders or directives, from Lucy Napolitano to the acting head of ICE. As she says:
"This memorandum confers no substantive right, immigration status or pathway to citizenship."
The memo is here http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s1-e ... ildren.pdf
Maybe everyone should pause, take a deep breath and read it. It's only 3 pages.
It does seem to be serving its purpose well, though. It is taking up news media space that would be otherwise occupied with F&F and Holder. So there is that.
And Romney was stupid enough to fall for it.
For the record, I think we should deport all illegal aliens as we find them. If they have citizen children, the children can stay or go with the parents. They have a right to be here, not the parents.