Obama Program Could Legalize 1.8 Million Young Immigrants


obamaAs many as 1.76 million young illegal immigrants¬†could qualify for temporary legal status under President Obama’s deferred action program, says a new report from the Migration Policy Institute. That’s more than double the Obama administration’s initial estimate of 800,000 people who would benefit from the program.

The new number reflects the Obama administration’s updated guidelines released last Friday depicting who qualifies for the temporary legal status. Initially, only young illegal immigrants under 30 who entered the country as children, graduated from high school and had no criminal record would make the cut. Now, young people who didn’t graduate or receive their G.E.D. can still apply for the legal status as long as they re-enroll in high school by the time they apply.

The government will begin accepting applications online on August 15, and administration officials said the nearly $500 application fee will completely pay for the administrative costs of reviewing the applications. Those accepted will also get work permits, and will have to renew their legal status every two years.


{Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Jews in America who are concerned of the well being of ‘Acheinu Bnei Yisroel b’chol mokom she’heim u’bifrat b’Eretz Yisroel’ should be all in favor of these policies.

  2. This is something that all Jews should support — open borders have been essential to the survival of the Jewish people. Would that there had been such in the 1930s and 1940s.