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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