US deportation order spares students brought illegally into country as kids

August 9th, 2010 - 7:04 pm ICT by ANI  

The Obama administration is reported to be sparing one group of illegal immigrants from expulsion –students who came to the United States without papers when they were children.

According to the New York Times, the students who have been allowed to remain are among more than 700,000 illegal immigrants who would be eligible for legal status under a bill before Congress specifically for high school graduates who came to the United States before they were 16.

The paper quoted Department of Homeland Security officials, as saying that they had made no formal change of policy to permit those students to stay, but added that they had other, more pressing deportation priorities.

“In a world of limited resources, our time is better spent on someone who is here unlawfully and is committing crimes in the neighborhood,” John Morton, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an interview.

He added: “As opposed to someone who came to this country as a juvenile and spent the vast majority of their life here.”

Still, Republicans say the authorities should pursue all immigrants who are here illegally.

“The administration appears to want to pick and choose what laws they will follow and which ones they don’t,” said Representative Brian P. Bilbray, Republican of California, who is chairman of a House immigration caucus.

“They are trying to legislate from the White House,” he said.

The administration is debating how to handle immigration now that the chances for a broad overhaul that President Obama supports have faded for this year. (ANI)

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