Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 | 2:02 a.m.
Regarding the immigration program that was initiated by President Barack Obama’s executive order in mid-June: It appears to be a reasonably good approach to the problems faced by people brought here as children of illegal immigrants. Congress could have taken serious actions to express disapproval and/or prevent implementation, but no such action was taken.
It appears that Congress has, in effect, allowed this program to become law by default. Obama will remain in office at least through Jan. 19; it seems improbable that any relevant legislation will be seriously considered before then.
Mitt Romney has explicitly promised that already-granted work permits would be honored. It would seem only consistent that already-filed applications be processed per current procedures. This would in no way require Romney to continue to accept new applications; hopefully, the new Congress would pass some form of legislation on the matter.
I do wish that Romney would make an explicit promise concerning still-pending applications; even so, as a practical matter, it seems probable that he would allow processing of these to continue.