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Obama Administration to Announce Immunity for DREAM Act-eligible Immigrants

It looks like many of the Mableton illegal immigrants who rallied outside the Obama Campaign Office in Atlanta may have gotten immunity from deportation.

On Friday, the Obama Administration will announce that it will cease deportation for illegal immigrants who meet the requirements of the DREAM Act, which would allow illegal immigrants without criminal records but with high school diplomas or military service records to remain in the U.S.

According to the Associated Press, two senior administration officials released details of the announcement to come from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Barack Obama Friday afternoon.

The DREAM Act, which has never been passed by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during the same legislative session, was not specifically mentioned. However, the same stipulations the act calls for are the ones under this new plan that allow certain illegal immigrants to stay legally in the U.S. on work permits.

Under the plan, illegal immigrants will receive immunity from deportation if:

  • they were brought to the U.S. before they were 16,
  • they are under the age of 30,
  • they have been in the U.S. for five continuous years,
  • have no criminal history,
  • graduated from high school with a diploma or earned a GED or served in the military.

The eligible immigrants will be able to apply for work permits that are good for two years and have no limit on how many times they can reapply.

Under the new plan, children who are illegal immigrants cannot apply for the deportation waiver until they turn 16, but cannot be deported before then, either.

According to the Associated Press, the policy change would affect 800,000 immigrants, like Pebblebrook alumna Dulce Guerrero.

Guerrero said she knows some people may call her cynical, but for her the announcement is not a victory.

"This is not an executive order. This is not what we're asking for. This is just an announcement...We're not taking it as an endorsement now," Guerrero said.

She is an active member of the DREAM ACTivist network and helped organize this week's rally in front of the Obama Campaign Office in Atlanta. She said she and other young illegal immigrants will continue to rally in front of Obama Campaign Offices throughout the nation until an executive order is given.

This news comes exactly one week before Obama is scheduled to speak before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials' annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romeny will address the organization Thursday.

What do you think of this announcement? Will this help pave a way for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrant children? Tell us below in the comments.

Pam J June 15, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Here I go again making some people mad. The only thing this does is put more people in the job pool. I sympathize with the children of parents who brought them here illegally, but we don't have enough jobs for the American citizens. Giving 800,000 people work visas is going to create more hostilities between them and those of us who are struggling to find any kind of job. The American citizens are in a no-win situation.
Just A Grunt June 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM
If we had more vigorous enforcement of our current immigration laws we wouldn't be stuck with the dilemma of illegals growing up in this country. Nice going. Everybody turned a blind eye and now it is being used as a blunt object to beat us over the head for being mean because people thought they were doing the right thing for the children. Why do we even bother calling this America anymore? Apparently it is merely a plot of land in which anybody can come to and take advantage of those foolish enough to think the way to get ahead was to work hard. We now see all of our efforts not going to our children but to the children of those who broke into the house. I no longer work for me and my family, I work to support all those who feel entitled to free stuff. And I guess I will only be working as long as it takes my employer to figure out he can hire the illegals. I hope I live long enough to be a burden to them.
peter June 16, 2012 at 12:56 AM
whats the point of some us american citizens working? all theyre doing is robbing company with hours and supplies, or theyre just killing people in hospitals. some or most of these illegals i believe will work hard for a better life not just for them but for this country.. because that is what this country is made of, illegals. illegals with great minds that have made usa what it is today... and some of them stupid americans do what they want, go bankrupt and have the government bail them out for millions of dollars... way to go Americans!!!!!! with this, illegals will have the opportunity for bigger businesses and put their talents to use in this market!!! thats just my opinion.
jacob June 16, 2012 at 03:32 AM
All I see is these wanna be citiziens arguing about how there are no jobs but the reality is that their not willing to work minimum paid jobs or jobs that seemed to be dirty. I've seen many jobs out there that are hard worked jobs paid at minimum wages. So don't use that excuse i been offered thousands of jobs in the past 3 months. Im a college student that has worked with illegal Mexicans and let me say they are better workers than the citizens I've worked with. They are smart, and hard workers they are always on time and don't say no to no job on the other hand citizens rather quit or get fired than wash bathroom stalls or work in the hot sun for 12 hour straight everyday. So don't use the excuse of their not been enough jobs just come straight out forward and say that u can respect people who are willing to work harder than you.
Pam J June 16, 2012 at 04:24 PM
You are wrong about some things. First, I have been applying for minimum wage jobs and I have been told that there are hundreds of people applying for them too. Trust me, when you have no money coming in, minimum wage sounds good. And don't blame Americans because they want a good life. Ask Home Depot how many applications they got when they announced they were going to hire 1,500 seasonal, part-time employees. Thousands. On the day last year when McDonalds had their "hiring day", I went into two McDonald's that day and the line of people was wrapped around each building. In your effort to pump up the illegal aliens, you are condemning the U.S. citizens. In your comment, you did not say one nice thing about your fellow citizens.

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