INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – President Obama will deliver a prime time address Thursday to announce a plan to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.
Immigrants are rejoicing and Republicans are protesting.
Eighty-five percent of the congregation at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church on the east side is Hispanic. Immigration issues are commonplace there and that’s why Father Chris Wadelton is applauding the President.
“It will have an immediate effect on a number of our families,” he said, “and give them a sense of relief.”
It affects people like Juan Perez, a contractor from Mexico who has been here since 1988. He has three children who are U.S. citizens.
Perez says his kids worry that he could be taken away from them at any time.
When asked if he’s afraid he might be deported, he says, “Yeah, really. Yeah.”
For Senator Dan Coats, the only issue here is his belief that the President is acting beyond his authority.
“It’s very discouraging right off the bat, to have the President take this stand,” said Sen. Coats, “granting amnesty to millions of people when the law strictly prohibits it.”
Governor Mike Pence is speaking out, too.
“Signing an executive order, giving a speech, barnstorming around the country defending that executive order,” he said, “is not leadership.”
But Ivy Tech student Brenda Martinez who came here from Mexico when she was 6-years-old wants change and doesn’t care how it’s accomplished.
“I’ve been living here all my life,” she said, “and I consider this my home.”
Even Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly is objecting to the President’s approach.
A statement from Washington Senator Donnelly said the President shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own.