President Obama’s immigration plan getting mixed reactions

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President Obama’s new immigration overhaul could benefit up to five million people.

The president wants to give parents of American citizens, or legal residents, a chance to avoid deportation.

The conditions are living in the U.S. for over five years, passing a background check, and paying taxes.

It does not grant citizenship or help anyone who recently entered the country illegally.

But even those who would benefit from it have some mixed feelings.

Local immigration activists watched the President at a viewing party in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

They say they support what the President is doing, but they would like more to get done.

“For me it means our family is removed from the threat of deportation,” said Edith Robles. “It’s really painful to think that at any time could be separated.”

“It’s not a law. It’s going to leave a lot of people on the side,” said Juan Lopez. “But it’s a step in the right direction.”

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez says he will help register eligible families so Chicago is a model for the country.

Several Illinois Congressional Republicans were critical of the President’s message.

“President Obama’s plan to ignore the Constitution and circumvent Congress is a lawless move that will ultimately do much more harm than good,” according to their statement.

The immigration issue was a hot topic at the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus conference in Rosemont Friday.

State Rep. Cynthia Soto (D-Chicago) told the audience to keep up the pressure on Washington for more immigration reform.

State Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) said the president's move was long overdue.

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  • cyber loitering

    Criminals (that’s what they are) with children born here can prove they’ve been here for five years or more but how will the government know how much back tax should be paid? My opinion, these parents USED us for their own personal gain and we are telling them (and their children) its OK to break the law. Now, legal citizens are stuck paying for all this ESL support in schools because these immigrants don’t learn or teach their kids english. My opinion, babies born on US soil should not get automatic citizenship unless their parents are legal or in the process. Any organization who uses federal funds should require evidence of legal residency/tax returns in order to utilize their services. If immagrants knew it wasnt so easy and there were strict guidelines for registering their kids at school maybe they wouldn’t come here or have kids who we will send to college on various schlorships so they can support this bunch of law breaking people. This in turn takes opportunities from middle class families who are not considered for assistance/schlorships because the don’t qualify for all these new racial diversity directives. Makes me so upset (obviously) that there are no consequences for this illegal behavior.

    • Ismael

      Thank God that your parents were invited here when America had an open door policy. These people do not have the same opportunity your parents had. In any case what the president did was window dressing. When an illegal went to court and He had several children born in this country it was very rare He or She would be sent back. The president did not do anything that wasn’t be done by federal judges. It is all about nothing. The only thing I am not happy about is illegals using our resources without paying their fair share of taxes.