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....for younger "illegal immigrants".

via The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Obama 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. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.
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Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed. The officials who described the plan spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss it in advance of the official announcement.

The policy will not lead toward citizenship but will remove the threat of deportation and grant the ability to work legally, leaving eligible immigrants able to remain in the United States for extended periods.

Frontpage headline at Univision:
Gobierno de Obama dejará de deportar a dreamers y les dará permisos de trabajo
This is now over.

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El grupo llegó de sorpresa por la tarde, con pancartas que rezan: "Obama, para las deportaciones de 'dreamers'" y "Alto a las deportaciones", y luego comenzaron a transmitir en vivo por Internet lo que ocurría.
- The Associated Press

Originally posted to Scarce on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos and Barriers and Bridges.

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