In 1974 when I moved from Massachusetts to California I didn't have to ask permission from either Massachusetts or California. Compare that to a story I read this morning about people from Cuba who went to Ecuador on tourist visas and then made their way overland to the USA. Cuba would not give them permission to move to the USA but the USA gives all Cubans permission to stay if they can get here. Twenty thousand people followed this tortuous path last year.
President Obama takes a lot of heat from both sides of the immigration debate. One side accuses him of increasing deportations and the other side says he is giving a rolling amnesty. Here is a case where he has done a very good thing for a very large number of immigrants and been given very little credit.