Today, President Obama will announce a policy on immigration that will allow an estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants to remain in the United States. Obama’s plan will allow these “undocumented students” to receive work authorization and avoid being deported.
This plan is being called a “deferred action” policy by the administration. This policy will use a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directive will provide work authorization to students who are in the U.S. illegally, who qualify for the DREAM Act, and for those who currently have deportation proceedings in process.
According to an Associated Press report, this policy change, as described by two senior administration officials:
will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.
Congress, while Democrats held a super-majority, blocked The DREAM Act and it has never been passed.
Obama plans to speak about this policy later today. Check http://www.whitehouse.gov/live for any possible Live Streams of Obama’s speech.