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Obama Makes Two Decisions Worth Applauding (La Jornada, Mexico)
was his support for same-sex marriage. ... The other decision was to bypass
Congress and issue an executive order suspending the deportation of young immigrants
brought to the country as children. Relieved of the daily fear of deportation,
hundreds of thousands of young people celebrated as for the first time. ... It
is laudable that with such decisions, Obama is trying to return to the path of
fulfilling the social demands that he promised to address, and which he seemed to have
By Arturo Balderas Rodríguez
Translated By Marisol Plata
June 18, 2012
Mexico – La Jornada – Original Article (Spanish)
Within a month, President Barack Obama has made two
decisions that have come in for harsh criticism from the more conservative end
of the U.S. political spectrum. The first was his support for same-sex
marriage, which earned him the warmest praise from all liberal sectors of the
country, including the ever-growing gay community. Echoes of the decision
resound in the Supreme Court, which will soon will have to make a decision on
the existing ban in a handful of states limiting right of individuals unite for
life with whoever they please.
Obama didn’t have to wait long to receive a barrage of
criticism from a large number of organizations, including religious ones,
particularly Catholics and Mormons. Let us not forget that it was Mormons who
contributed the largest amount of money to promote a ballot measure, the
purpose of which was to prohibit same-sex marriage in California. Naturally,
Mitt Romney, who is a devout worshiper of that religion, took the opportunity
to launch an attack on Obama for supporting gay communities.
The other decision that the president took just a few days
ago, was to bypass Congress and issue an executive order suspending the
deportation of more than 800,000 young immigrants who came to America as children
and have lived and attended to their studies in the country. Now they may live
without fear of being deported. As he signed the order, President Obama said
that they are Americans in every way. This, he added, would make U.S.
immigration policy fairer and more efficient. As of now, immigration
authorities will suspend all proceedings intended to deport young people who
came to the United States before the age of 16, who have lived in the country for
at least the past five years, who attend school or who are high school
graduates or military veterans. They must also be under 30 and have no criminal
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Among leaders of organizations that support immigrants and
advocate for civil rights, the policy was received with some skepticism. They
argued that it was less than expected, and that the needs are much more
substantial. However, they agreed that this was a first step toward fulfilling
the promise of immigration reform and doing justice to the undocumented. In the
mean time, relieved of the daily fear of deportation, hundreds of thousands of
young people celebrated as for the first time. As expected, cries of discontent
arose from the Republican caucus in Congress, whose members bitterly criticized
President Obama for having taken the decision without the consent of the
It is laudable that with such decisions, President Barack
Obama is trying to return to the path of fulfilling the social demands that he promised to address,
and which he seemed to have forgotten.
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