June 15th, 2012
03:42 PM ET

Obama policy puts the brakes on deporting young illegal immigrants: "It's the right thing to do"

Pres. Barack Obama announced Friday a change in U.S. immigration policy. The U.S. will no longer deport some young illegal immigrants.

Here is the criteria:

  • Under 30-years-old
  • Arrived in U.S. before Age 18
  • No criminal record
  • High School diploma or military service

The change in immigration policy has received some criticism. Iowa Congressman Steve King said he was outrage that the President would 'violate the Constitutional separation of powers.'

"Americans should be outraged that President Obama is planning to usurp the Constitutional authority of the U.S. Congress and grant amnesty by edict to 1 million illegal aliens. The American people have rejected amnesty because it will erode the Rule of Law," said Congressman Steve King, (R-IA)

Tune in to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p/11p ET for the latest on the change to U.S. immigration policy.

Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants

In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

The shift on the politically volatile issue of immigration policy prompted immediate praise from Latino leaders who have criticized Congress and the White House for inaction, while Republicans reacted with outrage that the move amounts to amnesty - a negative buzz word among conservatives.


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  1. Brian Jaybush

    Regardless the efficacy of the President's action it's timing is blatantly political. That said, Mr. Romney's response was just as troubling. Romney needs to review an episode of "The West Wing": as Sam Seaborn runs for congress, his manager Toby Ziegler tells him, "No matter what they ask you, your answer is the same," followed by a point relevant to the episode. For Mr. Romney, it shoud be déjà vu from 1992: "It's the economy, stupid!" To wit, his entire statement to the press, following the President's announcement, should have been: "Once more Mr. Obama is playing politics with immigration when he should be focused on the economy and making everyone's life better." End of statement. The same statement could be used day in and day out by merely replacing "immigration" with the offense-of-the-day. Boring? Maybe. But if the candidates can't keep their focus on the issue that matters, how are the voters supposed to keep their focus on which candidate is the lesser evil?

    June 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  2. Schyler

    I think Obama is doing the right thing for possibly the wrong reason. Short term it may help his campaign. All these kids are going to rush out to sign up so they can stay for two years, (I think they deserve a chance) (the conditions are worthy of debate) but signing up for anything with the government means filling out paperwork. No matter who wins the election, what happens to all that computer info they gather in the process. What's the "rest of the story"? Are they going to expect these kids to give up info on parents or maybe previous addresses to verify the background and educational history? Use that info to help fight the "rest" of the immigration war?

    June 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply

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