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U.S. to stop deporting some young immigrants

President Barack Obama responds as he is interrupted while announcing that his administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives, Friday, June 15, 2012, during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Photo: AP/Susan Walsh

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced today that young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and are deemed “low enforcement priorities” may be able to avoid deportation and become eligible for work authorization, effective immediately.

The policy is expected to impact several hundred thousand undocumented residents facing possible deportation.

“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” Secretary Janet Napolitano said in the Dept. of Homeland Security press release.  “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case.”

In order to be eligible for the deferred action program, individuals must have been brought to the country before the age of 16 and have no criminal history. They must have resided in the U.S. for at least five consecutive years and be a student or have already graduated from high school or earned an equivalent GED, or served in the military. The deportation exemption does not extend to undocumented immigrants over the age of 30. Eligibility also hinges on the individual currently residing in the United States.

On Friday afternoon in the Rose House Garden, President Barack Obama urged Americans to consider how these young people facing expulsion must feel. “Imagine you’ve done everything right your entire life. Studied hard, worked hard,” he said. “Only to suddenly face threat of deportation to a country you may nothing about.”

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, one of the Republican party’s influential voices on immigration reform, issued a tersely-worded statement responding to the president’s announcement. “Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem,” he said. “By once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.”

Obama acknowledged that the policy is a stop-gap measure and said it was his administration’s best response to congressional inaction. He called on Congress once again to send him a policy like the DREAM Act, the failed bill which aimed to provide a path to citizenship for immigrants brought into the country as young children.

“This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship,” he said. “This is not a permanent fix.”

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a long-time proponent of federal immigration reform, praised the administration for its action toward making “a significant portion of the DREAM Act a reality.”

“Ending deportations of innocent young people who have the potential to drive tomorrow’s economy is long overdue, as are many common-sense reforms needed to center our immigration policy around our economic needs,” Bloomberg said in a statement to the press. “We have a system that is choking our economic growth by chasing away the entrepreneurs who can create jobs and the talented people businesses need to succeed and grow.”

The president’s move was dismissed by critics as a political ploy to appeal to Latino voters, who have nevertheless been reluctant to support his opponent. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has tried to connect with the Latino community in earnest in recent weeks, but has done so while actively avoiding any talk of immigration.

A June 8 poll by political opinion research team Latino Decisions found that Latino voters prefer President Obama over Mitt Romney by a 43-point margin. The survey found that nearly 66 percent of Latino registered voters were certain or leaning toward Obama, while only 23 percent were indicated their support for Romney.

President Obama, who repeated several times that saving young immigrants from deportation is simply “the right thing to do,” said the U.S. must live up to its ethos as a “nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”

“It makes no sense to expel talented young people who for all intents and purposes are Americans,” he said. “To expel these people simply because of the actions of their parents or because of the inaction of politicians.”

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  • Jim b

    Obamma will do anything imaginable to get re-elected,he has lied to everybody in the world about everything,his lawyers have now admitted the his birth certificate is a forgery,but still nothing is being done,him and eric holder should be in prison forever and then sent back to africa where they were born,they are anti christs.

  • Jim b

    I cant see how he can bypass congress

  • James S

    Obama’s version of following Gray Davis for votes, instead of giving driving licenses he wants to keep illegals in the country.  I suppose when you’ve lied and failed to produce this is what you do!

  • Falwat

    OblAmo will rot in hell!

  • Sherrill Jacob

    Seems like we have laws for reasons.  So, what happens when one man decides to nullify laws that were formed and voted on by many elected officials?  Are we now entering into a lawless society?  What kind of respect and precedent does President Obama set for all our other laws?  Sherrill Jacob Orem Utah

  • guest

    President Obama said “This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship,” he said. “This is not a permanent fix.”
    NY Mayor praised the administration for its action toward making “a significant portion of the DREAM Act a reality.
    All these seem too good to be true. They talk about all these things and none of these really work as they say. That is the reality.Politicians say many things during the election time and after that it all disappears like the snow after the Sunrise..

  • guest

    Why illegal Mexicans? What about those who come to this country to study but are not able complete their studies since their visas are denied?
    Are these students covered under the same immigration rules? Does the same rule apply to these students?

  • Anonymous

    Prosecutorial discretion ≠ executive orders to create work permits/amnesty for foreign nationals that do not have authorization to be in the USA.

    The Executive branch enforces the law, the Executive branch does not have authority to NOT enforce the law. The Executive branch does not have authority to unilaterally create law, that is what a dictator or totalitarian regime does. 

    The parents are to blame, not the USA. There are millions of USA-born kids that are left behind because their USA-born parents broke a law, and as a result the kids cannot get a job because their Mom and/or Dad broke a USA law and were not there for them, could not get into college because their Mom and/or Dad broke a USA law.

    HOWEVER, Obama says, if you are a foreign national, it does not matter that your Mom and/or Dad broke a law…you are going to go to college, you are going to get a work permit for a job. If you are a foreign national, you are above the law, if you are born in the USA…tough luck, obey the law. THAT IS BACKWARDS. Deport the family, the family, the parents did the wrong.

  • raidr64

    this is such crap and that agent cruz is a traitor, why do all always talk about  humane  treatment of immigrants who breaking the law like mexico is one to talk  what about mexico they” ve killed over 30,000 immigrant on mexico side why dont you talk about that and while your at it tell the immigrant to quit coming over illegal and do it legal like everybody else does , and why dont you talk to the mexician government about providing work and enforcing the laws on immigrants who break the law leaving there country illegal but oh no that doesnt make sense , and if these immigrants dont like the treatment by the border agents , then i have an idea DONT BREAK THE LAW!!!!!!! and who are immigrants and the mexician consulate to talk, asked there government to quit influencing them(immigrants) to quit crossing the border illegal and start creating jobs for there people instead of relying on other countrys  and governments to do the jobs for them and take responsibility for there countrys down fall, you all expect the u.s.a. to do everything for there countrys problems but mexico wont spend a dime to help with deportation, but of course not ,why when there is a rich and sympathetic liberals who think they have all the money in the world in the united states. enough and if mexico dont like then take responsibility of your country and quit whinning, if you remember we have a due process of laws we all have to abide by and if your not an american then you dont have those priviliages thats it and giving a free pass to law breakers is not fair to the ones who are doing it right and within the law, and if you want to know what is humane then give the breaks to the immigrants who are doing it legal not the ones who are doing it illegal , with all the debt in our country this is why where in problem all these liberal democracts have had a blind eye for to long using the sympathy card to long and now its come to bite them in the rear and now they dont like it well that just tough, maybe if they would have enforce the exsisting laws instead of trying to get illegal votes from illegals it wouldn”t be so bad as it is now there know reason to change the laws the problem is to ENFORCE the exsisting laws thats the problem