The Department of Homeland Security said it would offer Haitians who were here illegally before Tuesday's earthquake temporary protected status (TPS). Haiti has 100,000 people living in the US illegally.
The senator's career-long crusade for a more open America had a profound effect on who lives in the country now. Like JFK, he said the US is a nation of immigrants.
The profits go to the few, and everyone else picks up the tab.
The US is generally reluctant to resettle Palestinians, but these are refugees from Iraq who have been targeted since the invasion.
But lawmakers are in no rush to tackle a controversial issue that has broad economic and social implications.
Politics, economics, demographics all come into play.
The Obama administration directive comes as the president begins to assert control of the immigration issue.
It's still 'economy first,' but advocacy groups and lawmakers are positioning themselves to take on this political hot button.