The Democrats set a political trap with this move. It is an obvious maneuver. They take the most sympathetic group of illegals, ones that came here as children and either served in the military or went to College, and single them out for special treatment. It is a trap because when the GOP morons crow about this they can then paint the GOP as heartless and cruel. They will trot out productive military and college grads that have jobs and are useful citizens and say the GOP wants to throw them out of America. They grab a Marine Staff Sargent and speak of his stellar military record and then they say the GOP wants to send him back where he came from.
I don't think anyone here, even the most anti immigrant would have a problem with providing a path for ex-military illegals to stay in America. I personally would be fine with it. Rubio essentially authored this concept a month ago with his alternative to the DREAM act. This was a GOP idea. Obama should have reached out to Rubio to push the legislation that would have made it official. Instead he does this symbolic move in an attempt to score political points. The GOP should play up that angle rather then taking the hard line stance on this.