Saturday, June 16, 2012

Obama Grants Relief for Young Immigrants--or Does He?

Obama immigration plan: Advocates offer mixed reactions
LA Times
June 15, 2012

Immigration advocates and attorneys had mixed reactions Friday to the Obama administration's announcement that it would grant relief from deportation to some young immigrants.

Some were encouraged, saying the policy change could spare many young people from living under threat of deportation. Others questioned the sincerity of the administration.

Matthew Kolken, an immigration attorney, said he was highly skeptical about the administration’s plans. [...]

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Obama immigration order poses dilemma for eligible illegal immigrants
By M. Alex Johnson,, and Jose Diaz-Balart, Telemundo
June 15, 2012

The Obama administration's announcement Friday that it would defer deporting most young illegal immigrants poses a dilemma for those who are eligible, as they must take a leap of faith that they won't jump to the head of the line for deportation if a future president rescinds the order.

Under the order, the Obama administration wouldn't seek to deport illegal immigrants under 30 who entered the U.S. as children and meet certain other residency and education requirements for the next two years. They also would be eligible to apply for work permits, the Department of Homeland Security said. DHS is the parent agency of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [...]

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