Today's order by President Obama halting deportations of young undocumented immigrants who have a clean legal record is being hailed as a big step by a central Illinois immigrant rights activist. Sonny Garcia, staff organizer for Illinois Peoples Action's Latinos United for Change says millions of older immigrants deserve similar opportunities.
The order allows undocumented immigrants who are under age 30 and came to the United States before they were 16 to apply for deferrals from deportation. Garcia says it's not a path to citizenship, one of the main aspects of the DREAM Act, which has been stuck in Congress for more than a decade.
The order halts deportation of about 800,000 non-criminal undocumented residents who came to the U.S. before they were 16 and are now under age 30. Garcia says the news is tempered somewhat by the reality that the move is likely to shore up President Obama's political support among Latino voters. Today's order comes on the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court rule mandating funding for public education of undocumented immigrant children.
(Photo courtesy Illinois Wesleyan University)
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