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Poll: Was Obama Correct to Stop Deporting Some Illegal Immigrants?

Surprise announcement by Homeland Security will allow some residents to stay in the United States if they came here as children.

In a move expected to affect up to 800,000 people, President Barack Obama announced Friday a plan to allow some young illegal immigrants the ability to apply for temporary legal status and work permits.

The move would stop deportations for undocumented people under certain conditions. To be eligible - they must have come to the United States under the age of 16 and lived in the US for at least five years. They must be in school, have graduated from high school, or have been honorably discharged from the US military. In addition, those applying must not have been convicted of any felony or significant misdemeanors.

The move raised the ire of many immediately - including one reporter who heckled the president during the speech. But Obama said of the illegal immigrants,  "They are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one -- on paper." The president said the move is not "amnesty" and encouraged Congress to pass a broader immigration bill.

Some see the move as a political one designed to mollify Latino voters in the upcoming presidential election.

What do you think of the president's actions?

Art Elmers June 19, 2012 at 09:13 PM
They must be those with jobs.
S.G. June 19, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Mr. Carnes, you have posted under an incorrect article. I.m not sure where you meant this comment to appear.
Richard E. Templin June 26, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Bailey is actually a Republican Township Committee Member in Chatham. He just recently pushed through his own illegal alien amnesty ordinance in Chatham. Why do you ask does support amnesty for illegal aliens? Well to garner votes just like this hypocrit is accusing the President of. See more of the story at www.savegreenvillage.com

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