Obama Administration Will Relax Rules for Young Illegal Immigrants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday that certain young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children would no longer be deported and would be eligible to apply for work permits. The new policy applies to illegal immigrants under the age of 30 who entered the United States before they turned 16, who haven’t committed a significant crime, and who meet certain other requirements. The move gives many illegal immigrants the same protections that had been promised in the proposed Dream Act, legislation that Congress has failed repeatedly to approve. The policy will not offer a path to citizenship, according to the Associated Press, but will remove the threat of deportation. College students, some of whom are illegal immigrants, gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Friday to celebrate the news, as opponents of the policy criticized it as too lenient and as bypassing Congress.

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