Obama Announces Amnesty-Like Policy Change for Undocumented Youth

By City News Service

Southland immigrant-rights activists hailed today’s announcement of a federal policy change that will prevent the deportation and provide work permits for some undocumented immigrants who came to the country at a young age.

“Americans will look back on this day with pride and joy when they allowed these young people to fully contribute to the growth, prosperity and strength of our great nation,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. “If what we heard today is exactly what happens, it was about time.”

The policy is expected to affect about 800,000 people across the country.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the policy will apply — on a case-by-case basis — to undocumented immigrants who:

— came to the United States under age 16;

— are younger than 30;

— have continuously lived in the United States for at least five years;

— are enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate or are honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces; and — have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, multiple misdemeanors or pose a threat to national security.

Speaking at the White House, President Barack Obama said the change is aimed at people who were likely brought into the country by their parents, and in many cases did not know they were undocumented until they tried to apply for a job.

“Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people,” he said.

The president insisted the policy was not amnesty, immunity, a path to citizenship or a “permanent fix” to the immigration system. He called it a “stop-gap measure” that gives “a degree of relief and hope to driven, patriotic young people.”

“It’s the right thing to do,” he said.

When news of the policy change broke, some immigrant-rights advocates marched in downtown Los Angeles, hailing the announcement and calling it a good first step, but saying more needs to be done.

Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte and chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, called the announcement a “momentous” policy change.

“Every year, tens of thousands of students who were raised in this country have their hopes of a higher education, and a brighter future, dashed, simply because of their immigration status,” Chu said. “It is unfair that a young person, brought up as an American, in American schools, cannot benefit from the opportunities afforded by a college education because of their parents’ mistakes.”

The announcement was met with anger by some. Obama was interrupted during his announcement by someone questioning why undocumented immigrants should be granted work permits when the nation’s unemployment rate is already high.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform issued a statement online saying the policy announcement “is a clear indication that the Obama administration intends to grant blanket relief to illegal aliens on its own initiative, completely circumventing Congress, which has repeatedly rejected the DREAM Act over the past 10 years.”

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2 Responses to “Obama Announces Amnesty-Like Policy Change for Undocumented Youth”

  1. Tim on June 16th, 2012 2:29 am

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries.
    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.
    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.
    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?
    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?
    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?
    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.
    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.
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  2. PaxAmericana on June 17th, 2012 5:28 am

    Are all you young voters who went gaga over Obama paying attention? Who do you think these young Illegal Aliens are going to be competing with? Us old folks? Noooo.. they are gonna be competing against YOU young Americans. Unemployment is already 54% for adult Americans under 25.. and even those adults under 25 with 4 year bachelor’s degrees have a 53.6% unemployment rate. And as if things are not bad enough for you already… Obama just legalized more people to compete against you.

    I hate to break a nasty little secret to you, but in spite of all that positive self-esteem b.s. they pumped into you in school, you cannot even come close to competing against THEM where ambition, and in some cases education, is concerned.

    I wish you lots of luck… because you’re really gonna need it.
    I “HOPE” this “CHANGE” is all you imagined it would be.

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