Yesterday, the House of Representatives, led by the Republican Party rejected the policies of U.S. President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived without permission to the United States as children.
With 224 votes in favor and 201 against the measure was rejected. While Cecilia Munoz, the director of domestic policy in the White House said it “does not expect it to be an easy road“, but neither are afraid of “a difficult debate” on the immigration reform that resolves the issue of 11 million undocumented immigrants.
President Obama announced the program in June 2012, in which he explained that it postpones deportation for people who were brought to the country as children. Those who request this pardon, which protects them from deportation, must have arrived before the age of 16 years, be under 31 today, have graduated from high school or be studying or have served in the Armed Forces. They should not have any serious criminal record.