By: Susana Carranza, JS Senior
The Obama Administration made effective immediately to stop deportation of young students due to the Dream Act proposition, but it is not a reform. At the moment the administration is considering to give young people the opportunity of legal work in this country at discretion of immigration officer young students who meet the criteria eligible for lawful stay may receive authorization for work under a 2 year lapse. The announcement was made by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano on June 15, 2012.
Obama is very interested in the Latino votes because Latinos hold majority of population in U.S. The policy for young Latino people sounds like there will be a reform in the future by the opportunity that may be given to young adults that were brought to this country as children and have attended a higher education institution. Many consider it as the semi-accomplishment part of the Dream Act, but the policy change may be just a gimmick to have Latinos trust the Obama Administration. The thought of the policy being only a gimmick for votes may help Obama with reelection. The policy is also considered part of a change for immigration as well because instead of being deported the young individual may be asked by the immigration officer and not be deported at the discretion of the officer. This immigration policy is not set in stone yet, but has given hope to many young Latino students to have the opportunity to stay in this country legally and be able to finish their studies as well as work.immigration, president obama