President Obama announces immigration executive order - Arizona Sheriff Arpaio responds: 'They will still be arrested'

President Obama announces immigration executive order - Arizona Sheriff Arpaio responds: 'They will still be arrested'

Washington : DC : USA | Jun 18, 2012 at 6:37 AM PDT
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President Obama announced a dramatic change in immigration policy. The president has issued an executive order that will allow illegal immigrants that meet certain criteria to remain in the United States. The L.A. Times reports that the president’s decision to sign the executive order that “will temporarily halt the deportation of some young students and veterans who are in this country illegally is a step that is in some respects worrisome — and yet one he's right to take. Students who were brought to this country illegally as children by their parents and have grown up here should not be the top enforcement priority over criminals who pose a threat to communities; veterans who have served in this nation's military similarly are owed preferential treatment under its immigration laws. Allowing these people to remain here is the humane thing to do.”

Concerns over illegal immigration have been addressed for many years. The fact that some of these immigrants had no control over the decision to enter the U.S. illegally has also been an issue that has been scrutinized. The president has offered a temporary reprieve to “certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children and "do not present a risk to national security or public safety" will be considered for relief from deportation - effective immediately,” according to CBS News.

One of the nation’s most vocal advocates of aggressive deportation was interviewed by Arizona’s ABC News Channel 15 the day of the announcement of the President’s decision. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, following the announcement, said: “We are still going to enforce all those illegal immigration laws.” It seems that in spite of the executive order granting work orders for many of the young illegal immigrants as well as military veterans, Arpaio is not willing to change his ways. “I think people from Mexico are now going to feel, 'Hey come on in and we'll get by with it.' But it won't happen in this county. They will still be arrested," Arpaio told ABC News. This became evidently clear when later the same day, Arpaio’s office arrested a six-year old girl who was “suspected of entering the country illegally,” according to the Huffington Post.

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a news conference in Phoenix, Arizona
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a news conference in Phoenix, Arizona
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