Mixed reaction over President Obama’s immigration address; Voces de la Frontera set to answer questions

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- President Barack Obama says the time to change the nation's immigration system is now, and he's taking action to make that happen. He has announced an executive action that will shield five million immigrants currently in the United States from deportation, including undocumented parents of children born in the States. Meanwhile, Republicans are questioning the President's right to bypass Congress and act on his own.

Dozens of immigrants and their children packed a banquet hall on Milwaukee's south side to watch the President's prime time address. Some were happy to learn they might qualify for new protections. Others were upset, knowing the President's executive order won't apply to them.

Twin sisters Berenice and Julia Basurto were born in the United States 14 years ago. That could make their parents eligible for protection under President Obama's executive order.

"My parents might actually have a chance of getting benefits and having a chance to stay in the United States and having them for us and our future," Berenice Basurto said.

Alma Lopez wasn't born here, so her parents won't qualify even tough Alma herself is protected by the DREAM Act.

"I feel sort of guilty and upset just because they`ve given up so much for me to be able to get my education and them not being able to have that, it upsets me a little bit," Lopez said.

Many conservatives are upset -- but for a different reason. The believe President Obama's order is unconstitutional -- that he can't dictate immigration policy without Congressional approval.

"I think you`d be hard-pressed not to find anyone but a partisan Democrat who wouldn`t say this is illegal," Governor Scott Walker said.

Milwaukee immigration lawyer Jerome Grzeca says the White House will argue it isn't changing immigration law. Rather, Obama is prioritizing how the government enforces existing laws.

"You don`t pursue every case. You don`t. If someone is going 58 in a 55mph zone, there`s discretion there as well, so I think their argument is the same thing - that we have the authority to exercise discretion here," Grzeca said.

The Basurto twins aren't thinking about constitutionality -- at least not now.

"There`s a chance (our parents) can stay with us, that we aren`t afraid to just be left behind, that they`re gonna be here, at least for a little while longer," Julia Basurto said.

Governor Walker says he thinks Republicans should take President Obama to court over this. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner says he'll do everything in his power to reverse the executive order.

Meanwhile, Voces de la Frontera, which hosted the watch party will host a meeting on Saturday morning, November 22nd at South Division High School to answer questions.

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7 comments

  • Melissa

    How many of us have ancestors who migrated to the US, Plenty … It is a free and vast land …. Support for his decision

    • Ayup

      My ancestors registered when they got here so they could be accounted for. Free country? Deciding between Coke and Pepsi is the extent of freedom these days. I am amazed people still support this administration after they have been running this country into the ground for 6 years: Common Core to dumb down our children who also get barely substantial meals thanks to Michelle O. The forced redistribution of wealth and the tax that is Obamacare. The NSA and IRS gone amok with no repercussions and no one held accountable. And now the precedent is set for people to flood this country with no accountability or responsibility. Forget about policies, the philosophy of the Democratic party is killing this country. The mentality of “you don’t know what’s best for you or how to take care of yourself so we are going to do it for you” has doomed freedom and liberty. They are just hollow phrases that recall an era long since abolished. Consider this the threnody for whatever America once was and never will be again.

  • As a fellow latina...

    People like Alma Lopez irritate me. Please stop romanticizing your parents actions. They broke the law. You are also breaking the law. You are intelligent enought to have been granted a full scholarship to Alverno. You could easily have used such time and intelligence to make sure that you and your parents (and aunt and uncle) were in proper standing with the law. It was your choice not to do so. You are not a victim in this situation. You are choosing to be here illegally. You and your family are choosing break the law. Shame on you. This behavior DOES NOT represent our culture.

    • woah

      Thats my cousin and those are my family ! and yes they might have broken the law but to give there kids a better future ! anyone would do it for a better future for their family and if she broke the law well at least shes not doing nothing wrong because thats why she got a full ride to alverno because she does study and does work hard for her future . so dont say you hate people like her when their doing the right thing ! 👌

  • smash44

    Thank your LOCAL WHITE DEMOCRAT for destroying themselves and this country. Their stupid ignorant, uneducated blue-collar sons and daughters will never find a “living-wage” job now that the illegal labor force will undercut wages. Idiots. How politically-ignorant can you be. Yes, it’s your fault you repulsive WHITE DEMOCRATS. You caused it with your vote.

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