Thursday, August 18, 2011

GREAT NEWS! Obama Administration Announces New Policy to Halt Deportation of Young Immigrants

The New York Times reports that the "Obama administration announced [today] that it would generally not deport or expel illegal immigrants who had come to the United States as young children and graduated from high school or served in the armed forces." Immigration officials said they would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to allow these people to stay in the country while the government focused its enforcement efforts on higher-priority cases involving criminals and people who had flagrantly violated immigration laws.

The new policy puts into practice many of the goals of the proposed Dream Act that Congress failed to pass last year.

Read the full Times article here.

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