The United States of America informed the new changes in their immigrant policies. Now the US is going to end deportations of illegal immigrants who arrived to the US as children and to offer them the chance to apply for work permits.
The government of Barack Obama took this initiative; the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, said that deportation laws were not designed to be “blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case.”
Meanwhile US President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney are courting Hispanic voters in key states prior to the presidential election in November.
In order to be eligible for the new initiative, illegal immigrants must:
- have arrived in the US when they were under the age of 16
- have lived continuously in the US for at least five years
- be in school, or have graduated from high school or be honorably discharged veterans of the US military
- have no criminal record
- be under 30 years old.