President Obama Makes a Controversial Move Regarding Immigrants

By Daniela Salvador

June 15, 2012 Updated Jun 15, 2012 at 5:58 PM EDT

Undated (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A controversial move by President Barack Obama was made on Friday.

The president announced most young illegal immigrants will no longer be deported.

Under the new policy, Obama said work permits will be given to younger immigrants if they meet certain standards.

"Let's be clear, this is not amnesty,” Obama said. “This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented driven patriotic young people. It is the right thing to do!"

In order to be eligible for work permits, the immigrant must have come to this country before age 16 and be younger than 30.

Other requirements are that the immigrant must have been in the country for at least five continuous years and have no felony criminal history. Also, he or she must be graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED or served in the military.

This policy was part of the so called Dream Act, which failed to pass in congress.

Indiana Senator Dan Coats said the move is politically motivated, and issued the following statement.

“The administration is overstepping its authority and bypassing congress to implement the goals of the proposed Dream Act," Coats said. “Unfortunately this move, ignoring the constitution and legislating through federal bureaucrats, has become standard operation under this president.”

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