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President Obama's New Immigration Policy

Updated on August 5, 2012

President Obama's new immigration policy will make about one million undocumented (illegal) young aliens between 15 and 30 yrs. VERY happy. If you are not within that age group, hey, you are out of luck. You better stay in the shadows.

The details of the new policy will certainly woo voters in the coming election. It will also have the opposite impact for others. The new policy begins August 15th. Those who qualify must not have any criminal records, even a drunk driving disqualifies you, but NOT if driving without a license! Go figure.

Applicants must show proof of residence in the USA for at least five years and pay $465. Applications are available from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and will take months before being an applicant is accepted. The program offers a two year renewable exemption from deportation and work permit to those brought into the USA illegally as children. Applicants must also prove that are high school grads from a U.S. school or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military.

This is NOT the Dream Act, but a tweak in the immigration policy to appease mostly Hispanic voters and ignores the fate of 11 million illegal aliens in America. Republicans cry that it is amnesty. Well, for those who qualify under this program, I say, it is about time. This age group are about as American as any other kid graduating from HS or serving in the U.S. military for America. Studies show that mostly Hispanics and Asians will qualify.

California and Texas will gain the most benefit from this new policy. California has about 400,000 in that age group, Texas about 225,000. Also, it is expected that the Department of Homeland Security will receive 3000 applications daily and the agency will need to hire 1400 people.

The policy does NOT given them citizenship or legal permanent residence, but allows them to stay to finish school or college.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      Yeah, it is a good move and valid, IMO.

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      Nick Hanlon 5 years ago from Chiang Mai

      Well,America doesn't have the desire or the money to round up 11 million people and send them somewhere else.One of the few sane decisions Obama has made.Mind you,illegal immigration is way down since Obama came to office because of the way he has handled the economy.

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      @ Ericdierker, Your're right on the money, just check out this guy's hubs

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nice article. I am a native Southwestern American -- by damned accident of birth. I live about 5 miles of crows distance from the area of La Mesa -- in both directions, we got one in San Diego and they had one first in Tijuana. My son got pissed off at me one day about saying wetback. I was referring to the stooped back of the hardworking fellow harvesting a crop. He said it just wasn't right to call him that. I said it was an honor to be called that. I shook this charismatic man's hand back a couple of decades, and he told me that his people had no dishoner and no shame and we should call them wetbacks as tribute.

      Oviously Mr. Ceasar Chavez was not using the word derogatorily.

      A man must stand on his own and not as a group. A group of men standing on their own is amazing.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      I agree.

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Cant blame Obama. I think its a pragmatic decision

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      perrya 5 years ago

      @Gail, well, if true, good point, but I am not sure it is true, automatic citizenship? I agree, this is a good step to rectify the problem in that group. Like I said, most in the that age group are totally American is more ways than not.

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      Gail Anthony 5 years ago

      Perry, I was under the impression that any alien that served honorably in the armed forces of the United States was granted citizenship if they so desired. I don't believe that is a new proclamation from Obama.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      If there is a country in the world that condones and just accepts illegal immigration, I am not aware of it. Like Jayfort, I grew up in Arizona and have no problem at all with those who did it right and came here legally. A great many of my friends are Hispanics, and I love them dearly. Those children who were brought here by their parents had no say in their illegal status in this country. Many grew up and received all of their education in this country, and have become productive members of our society in the process. Should they be deported because of what their parents did? I don't think so. It was their parents who committed the crime of entering this country illegally. Saying I don't care much for those who are here illegally doesn't make me a racist. I know many Hispanics who did it the hard way and also resent those who are here illegally.

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      Jayfort 5 years ago

      Mio Cid, I grew up in Arizona. I didn't have a problem with the legal Latino community who followed the rules and entered this country legally. I did, and still do have, a problem with those who violate the laws and cross the border illegally to enter the United States. It's the law! Obey it!

      I'm a Conservative and I don't hate Latinos (or any others) but I'm not fond of those who violate the laws of this country, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or place of origin.

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      not a perfect solution ,but a step in the right direction,and as the largest minority group is right now suporting obama 70 percent to 22 percent it will in time turn some red states into purple and then blue,and in the mean time the republicans continue to attack the latino community,that is how we see it we are not fools and don't care for the lame disclaimer that they only hate illegal hispanics and love the rest of us, in this situation WE ARE ONE.