WASHINGTON, D.C. — “I’ll make it easier anad faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy,” said President Obama during a speech Thursday night.
The President revealed his plan Thursday to overhaul what he calls America’s broken immigration system. He says deportation should be for felons, not families. The President’s executive actions will send more resources to the border, making it easier for nearly five million undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. and take steps to document illegal immigrants. But they have to meet certain requirements, pass background checks and pay taxes.
“The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century,” he said.
Republicans say the President is acting more like an emperor, not the leader of the Free World. Congressman Robert Pittenger tells WCCB Charlotte that the taxes the immigrants would have to pay will not offset the services many of them will need.
We’re also hearing from immigrants in Charlotte, who will not benefit from Obama’s plan. “Many of these people fall into the category of needing and being able to access social services. That is going to be an incredible cost upon our government, upon our Medicaid programs,” said Rep. Robert Pittenger.
“I have DACA, I’m not a citizen yet, so, and I’m the youngest in my family, so my mom doesn’t apply,” said Charlotte resident Jorge Acosta.