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Surprise announcement by Homeland Security will allow some residents to stay in the United States if they came here as children.

In a move expected to affect up to 800,000 people, President Barack Obama announced Friday a plan to allow some young illegal immigrants the ability to apply for temporary legal status and work permits.

The move would stop deportations for undocumented people under certain conditions. To be eligible - they must have come to the United States under the age of 16 and lived in the US for at least five years. They must be in school, have graduated from high school, or have been honorably discharged from the US military. In addition, those applying must not have been convicted of any felony or significant misdemeanors.

The move raised the ire of many immediately - including one reporter who heckled the president during the speech. But Obama said of the illegal immigrants,  "They are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one -- on paper." The president said the move is not "amnesty" and encouraged Congress to pass a broader immigration bill.

Some see the move as a political one designed to mollify Latino voters in the upcoming presidential election.

What do you think of the president's actions?

Rich June 22, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Under the president’s new immigration policy, those here illegally, but who came here before age 16 and are younger than 30 (and meet certain other qualifications) may sign up and get work permits. That might sound good… but think deeper. The president’s new policy is a TEMPORARY PROGRAM — a TWO YEAR PROGRAM. (Yes, it could be extended but right now it is only a two-year protection from deportation.) To get that work permit, the person here illegally would have to admit being here illegally (why else would the person need a work permit?) and provide all sorts of personal info (e.g. where to find the person!) In other words, the person would be putting a big target on his or her back for ICE deportation in two years when the program expires (if not extended.) What person here illegally (and in his right mind), will go to the government, announce being here illegally (e.g. plead guilty), provide all sorts of information as to where that person lives etc. to get a work permit only to be a target for deportation in two years? Or, perhaps sooner if Governor Romney is elected and he decides to cancel the temporary program? Answer: no one. People here illegally are not looking for ways to identify themselves to the government for a temporary program. The president’s new immigration policy will be rationally perceived as simply bait for ICE, and not some great dream.
Rich June 22, 2012 at 03:49 PM
All this from the 'smartest' President ever - real brainpower.
John Romano June 22, 2012 at 04:06 PM
....on the other hand......I'm not sure those here illegally give a hoot or have one iota of concern about being "caught". They're here NOW....living under the radar....not having been caught...not having been stopped, detained, incarcerated...at all. And...in fact NJ issued photo ID's to illegals...because it's a "sanctuary state". This gave them photo ID's so that they could access medical treatment at taxpayer-funded clinics, borrow books from local libraries, cash checks and access other public services offered by the cities or counties they live in. Having been given the "keys to the city"....why would anyone here illegally be concerned about being "found out". The government has ZERO concern about deporting these people...the snowball has grown too big...and no one wants to pay to have it pushed up the hill.
Lupita Aguirre December 09, 2012 at 04:12 AM
you guys should put your self in the position of these immagrants,not all of the people have the luck to be born in the united states,so they go there to work for a better life.i dont understand why people say (THEY STEAL OUR JOBS!) if you would have been working in it in the first place theres no way they would have taken that job!deportation destroys these familys! trust me it ruins everything all the hopes and deams of these people and also there kids(being citizens) have theyr life destroyed!
Dominick Palermo December 15, 2012 at 08:43 PM
You cant sneak across the border and call yourself a immigrant ------Your not your a lawbreaker ----- Crossing across our borders is a crime -----unless you have proper documents -------Apply to come here like my grandparents did ------ you will be given a visa and you can apply and become a citizen of the USA --------FOLLOW THE SIMPLE PROCEDURES

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