On Friday Morning the Obama administration announced a policy change on immigration that will safeguard almost 800,000 young, undocumented, immigrants from being deported while also providing them with work permits, The Huffington Post reported.
To be eligible for the deportation waiver, a person must have lived in the United States for five continuous years, was under the age of 16 when brought to the United States, is younger than 30 years old, has no criminal history, graduated from high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. The policy will not however provide, nor lead to citizenship.
Immediate disapproval was voiced by Lamar Smith, U.S. Representative R-San Antonio, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, by calling the shift in policy a "breach of faith with the American people" and that it has "horrible consequences for the unemployed Americans looking for jobs," reported the Texas Tribune.
The announcement was given by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who said "Our nation's immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner. But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case."
The Texas Tribune also acknowledged the possible "political ploy" behind announcing the policy during election year but more importantly, a week prior to President Obama's speech at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Official's annual conference.