Today, the Obama Administration’s policy of deferred action for so-called DREAMers goes into effect.

The policy, announced by President Obama on June 15, will allow as many as 1.7 million illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as youths to apply to stay in the U.S. for two years without facing deportation.

While praised by some as “one of the most sweeping changes in immigration policy in decades,” the program (dubbed Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) does little to actually solve the nation’s immigration challenges.

Rather than unite the nation with solutions to an important national problem, President Obama chose undercut the legislative process and abuse the latitude the President has under existing law in an attempt to effectively implement large portions of the DREAM Act legislation that has been considered and rejected by both Democratic- and Republican-controlled Congresses.

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