Obama administration won't seek deportation of young illegal immigrants. ENFORCE THE LAW MR PRESIDENT HOW DOES HE GET AWAY WITH THIS SH*T???
The Obama administration is going to stop deporting young illegal immigrants, who came to the US under age 16, and offer them a path to citizenship. NBC's Mike Viqueira reports.
The new rule comes amid a bruising election year fight between Obama and Romney, in which the Latino vote could be decisive. Obama enjoys a strong advantage with Latino voters, winning 61 percent of Latinos vs. 27 percent for Romney in a mid-May NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll.
The Hispanic vote is of particular importance in swing states like Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Florida, among others. Those states could swing the election toward Obama or Romney, elevating the importance of the margin between the two candidates with Latino voters.
Obama's biggest challenge, though, has involved motivating Latino voters to turn out for him with the same strength they had in 2008. The president had faced lingering complaints stemming from his inability to advance the comprehensive immigration reform he had promised as a candidate in 2008.
The president was scheduled to make remarks about the immigration policy change at the White House at 1:15 p.m. ET on Friday.
In a memorandum to immigration enforcement officials, Napolitano wrote that immigrants who were illegally brought to the United States as children "lacked the intent to violate the law," and pose few national security risks.
The memo said the government would not pursue immigrants who met five criteria. Individuals must:
- Have come to the United States under the age of 16,
- Be no older than 30,
- Be currently enrolled in school, have graduated high school or served in the military,
- Have been in the country for five continuous years, and
- Have a clean criminal record.
A senior administration official noted that the new rules were not permanent, though, and conceded that a different administration with a different policy could conceivably choose to withdraw this regulation.
"The executive can always change its mind about how to exercise discretion," said the official.
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