U.S. Won’t Deport Illegal Child Immigrants

Major changes in the way the United States enforces immigration law were announced today by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Illegal immigrants now under 30 who were brought to this country before age 16 won't be deported and could be granted renewable two-year work permits if they meet certain criteria, although they won't be granted citizenship. Among the requirements are five years of continuous residency and the individual can't have a criminal record or pose a national security threat. He or she must also be a high school graduate or have earned a general equivalency diploma or be a military veteran. In a statement, American Bar Association President William T (Bill) Robinson III applauded the announcement, saying it "is consistent with American ideals of fairness and opportunity."  ABAJournal.com connects you to more coverage