Young Immigrants Can Now Avoid Deportation

Today the government began accepting applications from young illegal immigrants seeking temporary legal status under relaxed deportation rules announced by the Obama administration in June. Illegal immigrants are eligible to apply for such deportation relief if they, among other criteria, were younger than 16 when they came to the United States, have not been convicted of a felony and are not currently older than 30. As many as 1.7 million people could qualify for the program, which also allows them to apply for renewable work permits. It's a controversial measure that is sure to become a major issue heading in the fall elections. We want to know, what's your take?

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Tuo commented…

Well, since it applies to kids that were under 16 at the time of entry that could fall into a debate about age of consent. Regardless, no one should be defined by an activity that is in violation of a law. If someone exceeds the legal speed limit then technically they are in violation of the law and should deemed an 'illegal'. And, while the classification of the charge may differ-- speeding is still a violation of the law and putting others' lives at risk. A law is a law and someones identity is not based on an offense they may have committed. I wish we could see others humanity.

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Me commented…

Then why don't we just open all borders to all to come here? That's a recipe for disaster. Why don't we just let them follow the law and apply to be citizens?

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Me commented…

"Immigrant" is a status, not a person. Illegal describes the person's status, not the person. There are legal immigrants, and thus you need a way to describe someone who came here illegally. Undocumented is just a euphemism for people too scared to offend someone.

You don't describe someone speeding as an illegally exceeding the speed limit as defined by law because that is a given - there is no "legally exceeding the speed limit."

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Me commented…

Stuck in the 1400s?

Kari Williamson

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Kari Williamson commented…

Foreign invaders? The problem with this ideology is you believe that because you were privileged enough to be born in America, that the land belongs to you. We were all at one time "foreign invaders" coming to a new land in search of a hope and a future which is what those who are seeking to come to the United States are trying to do today. I understand that you probably believe they went about it the wrong way, but the fault lies on the problems within the immigration system, not the individuals this law affects. These are not terrorists, these are not drug dealers, they are kids who are affected by the choices of their parents. God help me if I were to be held accountable for the decisions of my parents...

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