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American Opinion - On immigration policy:

From The Associated Press

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

On immigration policy:

President Barack Obama's fourth year in office will be the 12th consecutive year that Americans have lived under a socialistic, Big Government approach to immigration. In fact, Obama has taken these hawkish tactics further than George W. Bush ever did. Since 2009, the Obama administration has deported illegal immigrants at a rate doubling the Bush administration's most aggressive deportation drives.

Socialists like to control the workforce and the freedom to roam, so aggressive immigration policies come naturally.

But 2012 is an election year, and Obama's vigorous deportation program has bruised his support among Hispanics. In an attempt to win them back, the president plans to adjust a policy that has ripped apart families and has kept illegals from becoming legal. ...

The Obama administration announced a proposed regulatory change that would allow non-criminal illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. while applying for legal status. The change would guarantee that more illegal immigrants take steps to comply with the law. It also means that children and spouses of non-criminal illegal immigrants won't be left in a lurch as a parent or spouse goes away for years to obtain permission to live in the U.S.

This is a positive move from an administration that has, until now, indulged a ham-handed approach to immigration that was more oppressive than anything embarked upon by our last three Republican presidents.

The policy change should please those who understand the crucial role that undocumented immigrants play in funding government, producing wealth and consuming goods and services. It also should please activists who say their only concern involves the residency status of illegal immigrants. If we help illegals become legal, the problem of illegality subsides. Everyone wins.