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President Obama's new immigration policy posing tough questions for state governments now.
Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants lining up this week to apply for deferred deportation.
There -- all the lines in different venues and allow those eligible illegals.
To stay in the United States.
But now states are forced to decide whether that means handing out driver's license or expanding other.
Public benefits that citizens enjoy the -- and our panel talk about it democratic pollster and president of momentum analysis Margie.
-- Merrill and former deputy assistant to president George W.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Bradley start and view it as you know states do have individual rights to gun for certain benefits and privileges and I just.
Named a few of them but has the president now created.
By executive Fiat.
A status for these people that is so vague and ambiguous.
That it's really left the states in a situation where they have to -- giver or craft.
Rules that are inherently.
Absolutely Greg you know was a lawyer and I know is a lawyer.
That the executive order that the president issued.
Immigration is a trampling of states' rights of the states aren't going to put up -- that we saw what.
Governor brewer did of Arizona she issued -- -- executive order saying.
There will be no driver's licenses to create a legal status for people who are here illegally and let's remember on nine elevenths.
How -- they have the hijackers get on planes -- use driver's licenses they were here legally.
And and you're creating a whole quandary of problems not only for for people who intend bad acts against Americans.
But also the the trampling of states' rights where they have to follow a vague.
Law which which implies legal status for people who are clearly here illegally -- let's remember 2008.
Pres Obama promised immigration reform right he promised in his first year he did the -- and had I don't anywhere -- he's he's delivering what he quit what he can't -- to legislate.
-- -- Obama administration went to the Supreme Court and do not allow states on immigration matters to create this patchwork.
A because it's inconsistent now they're saying well forget all of that is the president being inconsistent if not hypocritical.
Let you actually write that states we have comprehensive immigration reform under bush a Republican congress we haven't -- yet under Obama and actually -- that states have their own lives.
In this case at this particular policy is very popular Fox News poll from a couple months ago shed 54% support this policy.
It does nothing to force states to change their driver's license laws it is -- refers to a very small group of the population.
Kids who were brought here young people until thirty points -- right here.
Who -- brought here until May be eligible solicit and it they that they were here they lived here at least five years they were brought here as children.
They're in school there right with a lot they have -- that -- -- served in the military.
And Aggies and a temporary work permit prevents him from wouldn't marry an editor -- deportations and their Obama gonna.
And I can't I can't that inconsistency in danger and and to that latter part Brad let me put it to you this way California for example is now using the president's.
Executive decision on deferred status to give people.
Who -- here illegally.
A driver's license now the 9/11 hijackers many of whom were here illegally as well.
Obtained state -- is using them to board the airplanes could one argue Brad.
That the president is making it easier for acts of terrorism to be committed do you worry about that.
I sure do I lost a nephew -- 9/11 who was a first responder.
I think I am very concerned.
That the federal law is supposed to that is supposed to have uniformity among the states and I have a again a patchwork which -- Supreme Court.
It was trying to avoid -- -- certain states have been issued driver's license certain states should not so what do you think the people who have bad intentions against this country to do that I can go to Arizona they're gonna think.
I think it was -- let let me get my question in Margie the 9/11 commission investigating the attacks.
Urged the states to tightened their licensing requirements.
Has the president now with his decision.
Undermined the recommendations of the 9/11 commission -- very important set of recommendations.
This isn't anything is it would driver's licenses and and a partner and our labels and a little quiet about it is the decision on driver's license made two days ago by the governor.
Of Arizona and now we hear -- taking the opposite view that wasn't giving is why he just made an announcement -- -- I think look I just wanna make an announcement and she herself -- a follow up interview was unclear really how to change what he's a guy -- California will now give illegals driver's licenses because of the president's decision.
Luck and luck the political well -- I difference.
I I can't speak for the state of California -- all I can say is that.
Obama's policy is popular its popular across the country it refers to people or writers children who are doing everything -- popular in theory but not take I'm not a work.
In practice we know that so bracket so that -- be even more PI is a good thing they don't let the student next door to Andy you know -- brought here at five.
Who has documentation -- as a passport.
And has it and up from proof of all their identity and just want to give -- school RG giving in the military we'll have to leave you with -- last word thank you very much for being here Margie Merrill Bradley and things --
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