The Obama Administration has instituted a policy that will make a deportation waiver and two-year work permit available to certain undocumented Americans ages 16-30 who are in school, have a high school or equivalent diploma, or have served in the military. According to the Christian Science Monitor as many as 800,000 undocumented teenagers and young adults, who are in reality more Estadounidense than Mexicano, might be spared the fate of struggling to get by in an unfamiliar language and culture far away from the friends and family they’ve known.
This change doesn’t provide a path to U.S. citizenship just yet, though it is undoubtedly a positive step toward ending a practice which Congress, in it’s infinite shame, continually refuses to address. The DREAM Act, which would essentially make permanent the administration’s temporary salve, has repeatedly stalled in Congress since 2001.
With the election season heating up, the Republicans in the House and the Senate are unlikely to give Obama a legislative victory by allowing the DREAM Act to pass, but this shot across the bow of the Republican leadership is a clear indication that Obama intends to make immigration reform an election issue.