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President Obama to Allow Young Illegal Immigrants to Remain in the U.S.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of young people brought to the United States as undocumented immigrants will be allowed to remain in the country and obtain work permits without fear of deportation, under a new policy of June 16, 2012 by the Obama administration.
The new policy was announced by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and brought into effect immediately.
Undocumented immigrants up to 30 years old who came to the United States as children and do not pose a risk to national security would be eligible to stay in the country and allowed to apply for U.S. work permits under a two-year deferral from deportation.
"Our nation's immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner," said Secretary Napolitano. "But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here."
This action is not considered immunity or an amnesty but an exercise of discretion, according to Secretary Napolitano. Young people who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case by case basis:
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