Obama administration announces that it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants
THIS is sure to stir the political pot:
The Obama administration will stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who have led law-abiding lives in the U.S. and will instead start giving work permits, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday.
Although the new action by the administration does not necessarily grant citizenship, it will create some ease for the 800,000 immigrants who would qualify for this program.
Under the new program, children brought to the U.S. before they turned 16 and are younger than 30 qualify. Those immigrants must also have been in the U.S. for five years without a criminal record and have graduated from high school, earned a GED or served in the military. The work permit would be good for two years and can be renewed without limit.