One day after Time magazine featured articles by prominent immigration activists calling for a revisioning of the nation’s immigration laws, Obama announced an Executive Order that effectively put many of the provisions of the DREAM act into action. Among the new rules:
The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who are currently no more than 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years. They must also have no criminal record, and have earned a high school diploma, be in school or have served in the military.
Reaction was immediate and polarizing. At an afternoon press conference to announce the EO, a Daily Caller reporter interrupted the president’s remarks in order to ask a question about the policy change, a move that was roundly criticized by the civility police in the press. The Daily Caller then issued several statements.
Notably, not a single news report of any of the day’s events noted that President Obama had set a new Guinness World Record for being the person to say “Let me be clear” the most in a single lifetime. His record stood at 1 million documented instances of the speech “Let me be clear” by the end of his immigration speech today.
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