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BREAKING: Obama Halts Deportation of DREAMers

BREAKING: Obama Halts Deportation of DREAMers

The Obama Administration will halt deportation of undocumented students and make them eligible for work permits, according to multiple news reports.

President Barack Obama will issue a “deferred action” executive order, which will halt existing deportation proceedings for students who would be eligible under the proposed DREAM Act. The order will also allow students who could be deported but are not yet in the system to come forward without fear of deportation, and will allow all eligible people to gain work permits.

According to ThinkProgress, the ruling will cover individuals aged 15 to 30 who have lived in the U.S. for five years and maintain U.S. residency. Individuals with felonies, a serious misdemeanor, or multiple misdemeanors on their record would not be eligible. The “deferred action” period will be for two years and will be renewable.

The DREAM Act is a proposal that would provide permanent residency for undocumented aliens brought into the country as children. The proposal would grant residency for students who graduated high school and either completed some college or joined the U.S. military.

A majority of the members of the U.S. Senate backed the DREAM Act in 2010, but the Republican minority successfully blocked the measure with a filibuster. The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has shown no interest in advancing the proposal.

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5:57PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

If these kids came from south of San Diego the chances are they speak Spanish.You seem to be inferring that kids don't learn to speak until they go to school and are incapable of learning anything at home. I guess you were a slow learner and your school teacher taught you everything and your parents taught you nothing Really?

10:24AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

While I believe the President did the right thing on THIS subject I also believe it is a cover up for what is really wrong with America. I think it is sad we are fighting over a handful of jobs that the so called “Free Trade Acts” has left us. Free trade is the biggest lie every told to NOT only the American people but to the working people in every industrialized country in the world. Please wake up and do the research. Remember that NAFTA was written and designed by Republicans and signed in by a Democrat.

I always wondered why "Free Trade" has so often had to be enforced down the barrel of a gun.

Whether it's breaking open markets that, understandably, want to be protected from unfair competition or exporting jobs, "free trade" has been used as the rallying cry and justification.

This in not an Obama-only phenomenon. It's been going on since at least the 19th century.

Now, some paperwork emerges that shows that in fact "free trade" is nothing more than an extra-legal way to change society in ways that make no sense to normal people and perfect sense to a handful of monopolies.

7:30AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

What a misfortune it must be for you to have to share the world with someone who disagrees with you!

4:18AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

I just watched the interview with Li Wangyang the other day. He was a wonderful, remarkable man and NO, he DID NOT COMMIT SUICIDE!! They murdered him. But he was so loved that they had to make it look like a suicide to avoid a major uprising of the labor party in china. He was an incredible man and it makes me just want to cry to think they killed him in that way. Making his death so undignified, trying to tarnish his reputation and sully this highly evolved,consciousness and his activisms' legacy. He was just such a beautiful soul and now, just like that, he's gone. I hate those people.

8:46PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

"They speak their own language at home"

(How do you know what they speak at home?)

They have been educated in English.

8:07PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

marc r, you mean we're stuck with you? How unfortunate.

6:49PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Paul G,
They speak their own language at home and if they were deported they would have the added advantage of speaking English.
Beth K,
Were stuck with them.

6:31PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Many people brought to the US as minors speak only english and deportation to a non-english speaking school/work system would be a human rights abuse, particularly offensive when done to a minor.
On the up side, due to our educational investment in these youths, many continue to perform well in school where they say the "Pledge of Allegiance" every day along with the rest of America's children.

5:42PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

marc, so what do we do about all the dirtbags that are born here?

5:27PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

I support President Obama's decision.

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