And don’t forget to vote for Obama, por favor.
Via The Hill:
The Obama administration plans to begin accepting applications Wednesday for certain young illegal immigrants to defer their deportation.
The new immigration policy is quickly becoming a campaign issue as Republicans attempt to cast President Obama in a negative light by saying the move offers certain illegal aliens “amnesty,” opens up opportunities for fraud and will jeopardize jobs for U.S. citizens.
The administration defended the change in policy on Tuesday as it outlined some of the details about the application process to reporters, saying that they have set up a fraud detection unit with stiff penalties, established mandatory fees so the program will fund itself and are planning to deport applicants with felony records.
Attempting to get ahead of the GOP critics, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are planning to hold a workshop Wednesday morning in the Windy City to answer any questions illegal immigrants might have in considering whether to apply for the deferred deportation.
Under the new policy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is able to exercise prosecutorial discretion for certain illegal immigrants under the age of 30 who wish to defer their deportation from the country.