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Too Much Or Too Little? Presidential Action Leaves People Divided

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
A group of concerned citizens await the for the livestream to start at Divine Redeemer Presbyterian on the westside

Texas Attorney-General and Governor-elect, Greg Abbott, said he planned to sue the Obama administration in response to Thursday’s executive action by the President on immigration. There are others, though, who were happier with the President, but not quite satisfied.

A group of 25 people watched the White House’s live streaming of the Presidential address, at the Divine Redeemer Presbyterian on the Westside.

The new policy, announced by President Obama, will allow more adult immigrants who arrived as children in the United States, or, who have children that are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, to temporarily stay without the fear of deportation.

Twenty-nine-year-old Mohammad Abdollahi came to the U.S. from Iran when he was three, and is protected from deportation under the 2012 executive order. He said the expansion was great but it fell a little short.

 “It’s also very worrisome, because there’s a lot of people that won’t qualify, and there’s also this push to make it a priority to deport certain classes of folks,” said Abdollahi.

Those certain classes are people with criminal backgrounds. On the political side though, Democrats like county chair, Manuel Medina, cheered the President’s decision. “Certainly it’s temporary, certainly we need to do more. The President has done what he can do, he has kept his promise, we’re excited and we’re proud of the President,” said Medina.

Robert Stovall, the Bexar County GOP chair, said he believed the President could have gone another route, instead of choosing to opt for executive action. “He seems to think that there’s several actions that he can take on his own, and react by himself as President of the United States, and that’s just not how our country works,” said Stovall.

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules