The Obama administration has made dramatic shift in immigration rules Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama from Rose Garden in the White House. New York Times reported
Obama said "These are young people who study in our schools, play in our neighbourhoods, pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart and minds, and in every single way but one: paper."
Obama's policy gives about 800,000 people the chance of gaining temporary legal status to live and work in the US but under certain conditions they must be under 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years. They must also have no criminal record, and have earned a high school diploma, be in school or have served in the military, According to New York Times .
He defended his position to give hope to young immigrants who entered the country before the age of 16, said they have the right to improve their living standards.
Laura Murphy of the American Civil Liberties Union said: "The administration has provided these young adults the opportunity to pursue the American Dream."
The decision highlighted the importance of Hispanic community voters to Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign . Immigration policy is one of the most important issues for the Hispanic community many of the states like Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia among them have large and growing Hispanic populations so those voters will play great roll in the presidiatial election