Overheard of CNN.com: Decision to defer some deportations symbolic
In February, demonstrators protest Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's opposition of the DREAM Act.
June 15th, 2012
04:24 PM ET

Overheard of CNN.com: Decision to defer some deportations symbolic

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Immigration is always a hot-button issue, and can even be a vote-changing one, because it gets to the heart of who we believe we are as Americans and as people. For many readers at CNN.com, the Obama administration's announcement that it will give a two-year deferral from deportation to some young immigrants who came to the United States as children - if they meet certain requirements - is symbolic of society's attitude toward immigration in general.

Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants

Quite a few commenters were dismayed, because they have been hoping for politicians to take a hard stance against illegal immigration.

dfr333: "Congratulations Romney, you just got my vote, and I did not even want to vote for you ..."

Rachel1989: "Again, this just riled up the Republican base even more and made Romney look good. This just cost Obama the election."

Some readers were happy because they were afraid someone they knew would be deported.

jboo10141: "I knew a girl in college who was a third year medical student and was fighting against getting deported because her family came here when she was 6. This is a great move. I applaud Obama for standing and doing what he thinks is right. So many young children who came here went to college or went to war and have been doing everything they can to live a fulfilling life now have the chance to do so. Keep up the good work."

Does illegal immigration hurt the United States, and how? Readers don't agree.

starspangled: "We're struggling economically as it is, and now Obama will add more pressure on the poor and middle-class citizen. We cannot continue taking in Latin America into this nation."

PoppyLee: "They're already here. We're just letting them join legally, pay taxes and all that."

Was the decision about political posturing to win over certain groups? FULL POST

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