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Patch’s Poll: Should Illegal Immigrants Who Came Here as Children Face Deportation?

The Obama administration said it will stop deporting some illegal immigrants who are under the age of 16. What are your thoughts on this?

President Barack Obama announced last week that his administration will stop deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children and who pose no security threat.

According to CNN, under the new policy people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military can get a two-year deferral from deportation.

These youths will also have to prove they have been in the country for at least five years, the news network said.

Obama said his executive order would make immigration policy “more fair, more efficient and more just,” according to CNN.

"This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix," the president said.

The issue has sparked debate among news organizations, political pundits and ordinary citizens, as to whether this is a good move now.

On a local level, Connecticut saw a similar situation like this back in 2004, when a Norwich Free Academy graduate, Majan Jean, was facing deportation because she came to the U.S. illegally when she was 12, according to the Hartford Courant. She avoided being sent to her native Haiti because of legislation that was pending at the time in Congress.

We want to know what you think.

Do you think illegal immigrants, brought here as children and now under the age of 16, should face deportation? Regardless of their social standing in society? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Lise Cavallaro June 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM
All immigrants should be "legal immigrants". Granted, the process is a long one, but I know people who have done it. Some more recently, others over 30 years ago. It can be done if you want it bad enough. Just like most things in life.
Flowers June 20, 2012 at 01:35 PM
30 years old? Face it , this rule screws up any kind of illegal immigration enforcement except for those caught in some criminal activity. Even then we are better off keeping convicted alien criminals here in jail because after expulsion from the country they just return and cause more trouble.
Lou June 20, 2012 at 04:42 PM
People under 30 are now minors? Please! We will now know who these people actually are so they should be forced to become citizens of this country or they can leave.
Lou June 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Send them all somewhere else. We have enough people robbing the system blind.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler June 20, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Lou... The kids that came here prior to age 16 are plainly who I was referring to. The path to citizenship is a long and arduous task. One that thankfully, you and I will never have to endure. Nor will we have to endure the experiences these people and their families left behind. Nor will we ever truly know what their journey was like to get here. But, I've read and learned what I could, so as to better understand their experiences. It's quite apparent to me that many of these families came here (much like all of our ancestors) to give their children a better life with more opportunities. You have, at your fingertips, a computer with internet access. I implore you and everyone to try to understand the plight of others. There is lots of information out there.

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