He punted. He basically told Congress “I’m going to just stand here until you people fix this.”
This is not an amnesty. An amnesty would regularize the status of undocumented immigrants. This will not do that. It will simply provide assurances to undocumented people who fit certain requirements that, at least for the time being, they will not be deported.
It only applies to individuals who have been in the country for more than five years. This doesn’t open the floodgates: it doesn’t do a damned thing about the current crisis at the border. (Also, what does “fair share of taxes” mean? They already pay sales tax, most of them probably make too little to be subject to income tax, and they aren’t eligible for Social Security, state disability or unemployment, so why should they have to pay for those?)
And, to the young lady who called in to NPR this morning: before you go on whingeing about how this is so unfair to people like you who have Ph.D.s and worked very hard to get here on your H1B visas, talk to a fifty-year old tech engineer who can see your Ph.D. and raise you twenty-years experience who cannot get a job because the rampant age discrimination in Silicon Valley is propped up by increasing numbers of H1B visa entrants. See what they have to say about “fairness.”