President Obama has been facing some serious heat lately over his handling (or lack thereof) of the immigration issue since taking office. Back in 2008, he promised the Latino community that immigration reform would be a priority during his first term, but unfortunately has not been able to get congress to meet in the middle over the controversial reform legislation. Since then, the Obama administration has deported more than one million immigrants.
But President Obama seems to have changed his approach. Senior White House officials announced today that illegal immigrants who are facing possible deportation but do not have criminal backgrounds will get to stay in the U.S. indefinitely and have a chance to apply for a work permit.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says authorities will be taking a closer look at the of hundreds of thousands of immigrants facing possible deportation and start a case-by-case review in order to truly make deporting criminals the priority of the ICE.
The news comes on the heels of national protests against the Secure Communities program, which many immigration advocates say has lead to the deportation of students and broken up families of immigrants who have not committed any criminal offenses.