The Common Good

Barack Obama's Immigration Reform for Youth: A Dream Deferred?

Date: June 22, 2012

Salon.com's Glenn Greenwald, for instance, calls it "a valuable and important (and plainly just) policy change." Mexican President Felipe Calderón, extending gratitude to Obama on behalf of his country, characterizes it as a "humanitarian action" and "unprecedented." It is "good news, which gives hope and a future for young immigrants," says the Reverend Jim Wallis, head of Sojourners, a national Christian social justice organization. Meanwhile, Jose Antonio Vargas at Define American sees it as a "big, bold and necessary step in the road to citizenship," and calls upon his readers to thank Obama "for this principled and courageous act."