Obama Offers Immunity to 800K Young Immigrants
Enacts major DREAM act goals without Congress
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 15, 2012 9:56 AM CDT
In this March 1, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in Nashua, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

(Newser) – President Obama has struggled to get his immigration goals through Congress; now his administration is instituting major reforms on its own. In a plan to be announced today, the White House won't deport illegal immigrants younger than 30 who came to the US before they were 16, so long as they fit several conditions: They must have been here for at least five straight years, have received a US high school diploma or GED or served in the military, and have no criminal record, officials tell the AP.

Though the new rules don't provide a path to citizenship, these immigrants will be able to apply for two-year, renewable work permits. The plan, which will affect some 800,000 people, aligns with key provisions in the DREAM Act, which was struck down by the Senate in 2010. Republicans will likely slam the administration's independent move, but "many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways," says homeland security boss Janet Napolitano. "Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here." The effort comes as some Latinos voice frustration with Obama's deportation policies and ahead of the president's speech to Latino officials next week.

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ddhartma
Jun 16, 2012 9:43 AM CDT
Just recently it was in the news (and even here on Newser) that the hardest hit group as far as unemployment in America were those that ranged from 18 to 24. And now Obama makes it so that ILLEGAL immigrants can become a part of that competition for jobs. If I were in that age group and a legal American citizen of any race, color, or creed aware of this, I would NOT be voting for this man!
rahgoo
Jun 16, 2012 6:55 AM CDT
Giving one million illegal Spanish speaking immigrants the opportunity to remain in America is good news. But better news would be to let 10 million Chinese computer engineers become U.S. citizens. They will come to your homes and offices and repair broken laptops for affordable prices. Some will even share their Chow Mein lunch while they recover the CPU of your precious computer. The crime rate among Chinese computer engineers is zero; they come to your homes and offices to fix not to break in.
SilenceDogood
Jun 16, 2012 6:25 AM CDT
The next Democratic voter block.