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today the obama administration announced a new policy that could have a big impact on the ongoing immigration debate in america. via nytimes:

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration.

The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who are currently under 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years. They must also have no criminal record, and have earned a high school diploma, remained in school or served in the military.

as the article points out, this echoes tenants of the proposed development, relief, and education for alien minors act aka dream act.  that congressional act did have support on both sides of the political aisle (including potential republican vice-presidential nominee marco rubio) so it will be interesting to see how this move by obama plays going forward in the election year.

directly related to this discussion is a documentary called limbo.  from the creators:

This 19 minute film exposes the lives of 3 undocumented students, living in the US without legal status. Never having touched a camera, the 3 students were gifted with a small handycam and trained for half a day by Lukas Korver and Matt B. Taylor. They were asked to film everyday for 3 months. Through their lens, this is their story.

check it out and let me know what you think about both the policy and the video.




06/15/12 , , , ,

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