COMMENTARY | In a report from the L.A. Times, President Obama ordered his administration to "stop deporting young immigrants who came to the U.S. as young children and who do not pose a security threat," this morning. Now Republicans everywhere can finally see how most of their basic fears will not come about. Good for them. It will be a period of healthy psychological growth for a good number of my fellow countrymen. Yes, that includes women, too.
Most fears we all harbor never quite seem to turn out like we think they will. As more Hispanics become law enforcement, teachers and perhaps one day, a president as well, xenophobia will eventually become categorized as a "health condition." As more Republicans come to work with, live next door, to even befriend and join with as family, they'll eventually come to see our wonderful country in a post-racial light. Gone will be those old illusory myths of "different" races. This is a wonderful step in the right direction, because we're already all closer.
Sure, there will be the occasional "problem child," as within all demographics. But even the most staunch neo-con has to admit to the essential position of Hispanics -- especially Mexicans -- in America's history. Hispanic Republicans have known this for years. In spite of their best efforts of living as an example of what good people are, there still remains a resistance to those who would truly risk everything just to be here. Isn't that spirit a big part of what makes us Americans unique? Many of our ancestors made the same effort. (While others had no choice.)
Obviously, the Hispanic vote is important to any president, incumbent or not. So, yes, this maneuver on Obama's part probably is an effort to win their vote over in exchange for a favor. If you haven't noticed, it is an election year and these types of things are one advantage an incumbent holds. My only concern is his circumventing Congress.
There will be fear-mongering -- as well as accusations of "destroying America." Let's also brace ourselves for the flinging of the "argumentum ad Hitlerum" on Facebook. But history will show, one day, this was a good move for President Obama. One day, most of us will look back with gratitude for a political move which strengthened us as a people.
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