DNC Platform: More Amnesty
The Democratic platform, released this week in time for the party's national convention, advocates further amnesty for illegal immigrants.
“Democrats know there is broad consensus to repair that system and strengthen our economy, and that the country urgently needs comprehensive immigration reform that brings undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and requires them to get right with the law, learn English, and pay taxes in order to get on a path to earn citizenship,” the platform reads.
The platform notes, “Obama and the Democrats fought for the DREAM Act,” but instead had to settle for “temporary relief for youth who came to the United States as children, through no fault of their own, grew up as Americans and are poised to make a real contribution to our country.”
The document concedes that “only Congress can provide a permanent, comprehensive solution," though the president has bypassed Congress on the issue with executive orders.
The platform also says the “Department of Homeland Security is prioritizing the deportation of criminals who endanger our communities over the deportation of immigrants who do not pose a threat, such as children who came here through no fault of their own and are pursuing an education.”
The platform also notes that Obama has sued states like Arizona and Alabama that have passed immigration laws to help them enforce laws the federal government is not.
"When states sought to interfere with federal immigration law by passing local measures targeting immigrants, this administration challenged them in court," the platform says.
The platform is a direct appeal for the Hispanic vote, reminding Hispanics that Obama's immigration directive is only temporary and only his reelection can bring more forms of amnesty.