Sunday, September 12, 2010

There is hope for DREAMers:


"An internal memo... leaked to the media in July [2010] discussed ways the [Obama]administration could adjust existing regulations so certain groups, such as college students and the spouses of military personnel, could legalize their status or at least avoid deportation if Congress doesn't pass comprehensive immigration reform. The memo came from ICE's sister agency, U.S. Citizens and Immigration Service (USCIS), which rules on applications for visas, work permits and citizenship. USCIS played down the draft as a brainstorming device. Nonetheless, it underscored the administration's view that legalization was more appropriate than deportation for many people."

Administration Takes Steps That Will Reduce Deportation Risk for Many Undocumented Immigrants -

U.S. Customs and Border Protection bike patrol agents assist Mexicans being returned to Mexico on June 2, 2010, after the men were apprehended for entering the United States illegally in Nogales, Ariz. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A version of this story was published in USA Today [1].
The Obama administration has changed the nation's immigration enforcement strategy in ways that will reduce the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants and will likely blunt the impact of any state laws designed to deport vast numbers of people.
The changes are the little-discussed byproducts of the administration's well-publicized decision to focus its deportation efforts on immigrants who have committed serious

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