The Obama Administration has announced that it is relaxing deportation policies for young Latinos who are illegally residing in the United States, giving a sigh of relief and hope to the children of illegal immigrants, but garnering criticism from rivals who accuse that the president is bypassing Congress in making major national decisions.
Although, the decision taken by Obama was praised by many sections of the society, yet the president came under fire for not taking more actions to tackle the overall illegal immigration issue.
Critics allege that majority of the social issues; crimes and related problems are on the rise as a result of the 10 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. Besides, the announcement came as a pain across the Olympic Peninsula, where the Border Patrol has drawn national awareness for expanding its existence in the past several years.
Although no mistake of their own, an age band of children of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. in their youth have continued living in the shade of American life. These young people, according to Obama Administration’s decision, will receive a 2-year official pardon from likely deportation. Moreover, beneficiaries of the offer who get endorsed can subsequently ask for official work permits.
According to a report in the Washington Post, “The reprieve is aimed at those who might be described as most likely to succeed: an estimated 800,000 people, under 30 years old, in school or having graduated or served in the armed forces, without a significant criminal record, who pose no threat to national security or public safety. In many cases they are strivers who have known only America as home. Deporting them to countries they left as children makes no sense.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Obama Administration’s decision was the result of more than ten years of continuous political efforts by Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, and her associate immigrant rights activists.
"We organized. We pushed really really hard," Salas said, according to the LA Times. "It's great to know our hard work is paying off. But there is so much more to do."
Even though Obama’s decision gives a provisional reprieve to the young immigrants, however after the revels, one more fret comes out. Whereas no more endangered with banishment, the young immigrants could discover themselves still in a dusky precinct, an under-class with no map to a complete part in American society.