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Sound Off: Obama's New Immigration Policy

President Obama announced a new policy against deporting young undocumented immigrants. What impact do you think this policy will have on Orange County as well as the nation?

Today, President Barack Obama announced a new federal policy change that will prevent the deportation of and provide work permits for some undocumented immigrants who came to the country at a young age.

The policy is expected to affect about 800,000 people across the country. Republican lawmakers have criticized the announcement as an end-run around Congress, questioning its constitutionality.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the policy will apply -- on a case-by-case basis -- to undocumented immigrants who:

  • came to the United States under age 16;
  • are younger than 30;
  • have continuously lived in the United States for at least five years; are enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education  development certificate or are honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces; and
  • have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, multiple misdemeanors or pose a threat to national security.

Speaking at the White House, Obama said the change is aimed at people who were likely brought into the country by their parents, and in many cases did not know they were undocumented until they tried to apply for a job.

"Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people," he said.

The president insisted the policy was not amnesty, immunity, a path to citizenship or a "permanent fix" to the immigration system. He called it a "stop-gap measure" that gives "a degree of relief and hope to driven, patriotic young people."

"It's the right thing to do," he added.

How does the president's announcement sit with the residents of Orange County, the birthplace of the border vigilante group the Minuteman and a place that has seen its demography dramatically reshaped by immigration?

Is the new policy the right thing to do? What impact do you think it will have? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS.

—City News Service

True Born American June 19, 2012 at 11:17 PM
To the best of my knowledge being ignorant of the law did not release you of guilt be it of your doing or your parents doing if the parents brought them here they are accesories after the fact still punishable by law what this has done is given way to set a new rule that if you don't know the law or you didn't know you were breaking the law that its ok that the law was broken when has that worked for you!!!! I Guess we could all go to court and say well my mom and dad didn't tell me that i couldn't take things from someone else's house so it really was not stealing because i really didn't know it was illegal because dad brought me with him before and took stuff so i thought it was ok and Obummer is just trying to get four more years to tear america apart Illegal is illegal send them home then unemployed americans can have the jobs the illegals now hold. If the Unemployed refuse to take the job because they don't like the job take away their unemployment benifits but if wed americans cannot use being ignorant of a law as an excuse why should an illegal have the right to do so If we allow this to go on then all anyone has to say is i didn't know it was wrong to be not gulity of a crime
True Born American June 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Send the Kid and the parents back to their country of origin at least the kid goes back with a free education on our taxpayer dime ignorance of the law is no excuse for a citizen so it is not an excuse for an illegal period so send them home heck the kid has a better education than he would have had in his home country maybe he can make it better there for his people so they don't jump the fence and come live off of my hard work and tax dollars and then stweal my job when my family is starving Ignorance is no excuse no matter how they got here
Tonto June 20, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Everyone agrees we need to secure the border - https://www.buildtheborderfence.com/azborder/index.xhtml
Yeparoo June 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM
You know Tonto, if that traveler gets his giblets stuck on the fence, he could sue. Better build a 'safer' fence.
Tonto June 20, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Yep, they should design things so giblets are irreversably damaged to help with the problem :) A more "efficient" fence.

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