Change is finally on the way for Dream Act advocates. President Barack Obama’s administration has announced a plan to stop deporting undocumented immigrants who are Dream Act-eligible and between the ages of 15 to 30.
Instead, the "deferred action" policy will grant work permits to undocumented youth who have immigrated to the U.S. as children, have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years, are working towards receiving higher education, or have obtained higher education, as long as they have a clean criminal record.
This shift in politics bypasses Congress and attempts to create a blueprint similar to the goals that the Dream Act tried to achieve. The original bill proposed to develop a path towards citizenship for those who obtained a higher education or served in the military. For now, the new policy provides relief and hope to an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
UPDATE: During his live speech this afternoon at the White House, the President said, "This is the right thing to do for the American people because these young people are going to make extraordinary contributions to the American society. The notion that we treat them as expendable makes no sense."
What do you think about the President’s new policy? Do you think this will help his Latino vote? Are you being personally affected by the change?