After President Obama's announcement last week that his administration will deporting illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, Sen. Marco Rubio derided the move as an effort to "[shove] immigration policy down our throats."
But on The Ed Show tonight, Rep. Xavier Becerra, a California Democrat and the son of immigrants, said the decision was legitimate and important. "This was leadership in action. The president came up with a solution, and Republicans right now are coming up with excuses," said Becerra. "The president is acting within his executive authority."
Obama's unilateral move bypassed Congress, which has come up with no comprehensive immigration policy since blocking passage of the Dream Act in 2010. Effective immediately following Obama's June 15 announcement, migrants that have lived in the country for at least five years, arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16, or are veterans or high school graduates, will not be subject to deportation.
Becerra also called out Mitt Romney for his evasiveness on the issue. "Does Mitt Romney look presidential when he's dodging the question on something very important to Americans?" Becerra asked. "For him to rope-a-dope and try to avoid having to answer doesn't seem very presidential."