President Obama will announce a new immigration policy this morning that will halt the deportation of as many as 800,000 young undocumented immigrants and in some cases grant them working permits.
The President will announce the new policy today at 1:15pm in the White House’s Rose Garden, one week before he addresses the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Official’s annual conference in Orlando, Fl.
“Many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
According to two White House officials, who remain anonymous, undocumented immigrants will be protected from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military.
The decision from the Obama Administration to stop the deportation of thousands of young people comes at a time when the Latino vote is expected to be critical in deciding who wins in the upcoming general election.
Supporters of the administration’s decision will be hosting a rally at the White House, today at 2pm (on 16th Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and H Street), celebrating Obama’s announcement to stop deporting DREAM-Eligible youth.