- United States
United States of America has halted the deportation of young illegal immigrants who entered the country before the age of 16 through the Obama’s executive orders bypassing the Senate. It is expected that about 800,000 young undocumented aliens will benefit from the new policy.
The undocumented migrant who are currently living in the country must be 30 years or younger, have arrived in the country before turning 16 and have lived in United States for at least five years in order to be eligible to take advantage of the executive orders.
The individual must also be in school have a high school diploma or a GED, or be a member of military or an honorably discharged veteran. Persons convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors or who otherwise poses a threat to national security will not be able to benefit from this opportunity.
The deportation will be deferred for two years and work permit will be issued to qualifying person. After two years, a person could apply for a renewal, which would extend the deportation freeze for another two years.
The order will affect the young illegal immigrants living in the United States will be able to apply for work permits under the order, however, they will not be granted permanent residence or put on a path toward citizenship.
Young voters along with hundreds of thousands of people supported Barack Obama during the 2008 election campaign as a sign of change to improve the deteriorating economy and administration’s stand on war on terrorism. Barack Obama’s camp is hoping to rekindle the same enthusiasm and spirit during this election year. Obama has taken a big risk and time will tell if his move was in the right direction to win the hearts of the young community.
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