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New program allows illegal immigrants to stay, work in U.S.

President Obama announced Friday a policy to help illegal immigrant youth

Rafael Benavides, VSTX | Jun 15, 2012

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LAREDO, Texas--Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today she would create a program allowing DREAM Act eligible youth to apply for provisional status on a case-by-case basis, thus allowing immigrant youth to pursue their dreams while contributing their considerable talents to the country they love and consider home.

Reacting to the news, Mayor Salinas, Chair of the Conference of Mayors Immigration Task Force released a statement saying, “I am grateful to President Obama and Secretary Napolitano for their leadership. I have been deeply troubled that these young men and women, that are here illegally through no fault of their own, and who we have (been) allowed to serve and die for this county in the armed forces, have had no path to being considered for citizenship. While the Administration feels that legislation is required to create the path to citizenship, I am happy that these young men and woman can now come out of the shadows and pursue their dreams of success without fear of  deportation.”  

Salinas added, “We still need the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act passed. In 2010, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that passing the bill would not only allow these youth to dream of a future here in the U.S., it would also save the nation $1.4 billion that we are spending on enforcement and prosecution efforts.  We have better ways to spend our money.”

This comes as news that President Obama announced today that hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States before they were 16, and who are now under the age of 30, will be eligible for work permits and be safe of deportation, effective immediately. These eligible immigrants have to have been living the U.S. for a minumun of five years, hold no criminal record, earned their high school diploma, be in school or have served in the U.S. military.

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Rafael Benavides is a journalist, anthropologist, businessman, adventurer and storyteller at heart. He is an investigator and inquisitive by nature.

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