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Obama administration announces that it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants

 

Whoa!

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.

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  1. Neftali

    This is a complete 180 for the administration. Contrary to what some right-wingers believe, the Obama administration actually increased the number of deportations compared to the Bush years.

    This new policy shift can be attributed to one singular reason in that this is an election year. They could have implemented it 3 years ago. Its simply reeks as a play to grab the Hispanic vote.

    How else can you explain it?

    More importantly, its shows the Obama administration is getting scared and desperate. They see all the polls in key battleground states where Romney is now in a dead heat. So first they “accidentally” leak top secret information about what a wonderful person Obama is, and now this. Makes you wonder what’s next….

  2. “Have led law-abiding lives”?? What part of ILLEGAL immigrants does Obama not get? They violated the law by coming to this country illegally and they remain in violation of the law every day they remain. Exactly what is his definition of “law-abiding”?

  3. expdoc

    The definition of law abiding is “they might vote for me”.

  4. scott: We’re talking about people who were brought to this country as children. Bigots like you might consider such children less than “law-abiding,” but that doesn’t make them so.

  5. expdoc

    So the children are good, but the law breaking parents will then be immediately deported right?

  6. Neftali

    How does the union people and mass numbers of unemployed feel that previously undocumented workers will now be competing for their jobs, no doubt at much lower rates….

  7. expdoc

    What about those trying to become legal immigrants who are held up by gobs of red tape?

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