The Pew Hispanic Center says President Obama’s amnesty for illegal alien young people will permit about 1.4 million illegals to stay in the country, a considerable jump from the 800,000 originally reported.
The research organization bases its claim on its estimates of the total number of illegals here, which it puts at about 11.2 million.
Obama’s declaration that he would not deport young illegals who meet a short list of criteria came on Friday after a more than a year of incremental statements and actions by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Repeatedly, federal authorities have said they will not deport illegal aliens who do not break criminal statutes.
According to the New York Times, “Under the change, the Department of Homeland Security will no longer initiate the deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the United States before age 16, have lived here for at least five years, and are in school, are high school graduates or are military veterans in good standing. The immigrants must also be under 30 and have clean criminal records.”
Obama has, in effect, declared the failed DREAM Act law, a policy change only subordinates have openly discussed until last week. The DREAM Act, which failed to pass the U.S. Senate in December 2010, would enable illegals who were in the United States for at least five years, yet met a list of criteria, such as graduating high school, being good citizens or serving in the military, to stay here permanently.
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Photo: Day laborers, who identified themselves as illegal immigrants looking for work, gather around a potential employer that stopped to hire workers at a street corner where illegal immigrants gather in Dallas, May 31, 2007. : AP Images