Obama Announces "No More Deportation of Undocumented Immigrants Who Qualify"
BROWNSVILLE — Effective immediately.... No more deportation of illegal immigrants who were brought to the US as children. That's according to President Barack Obama and his administration.
But some think this may be a ploy to win over Latinos.
"I think Obama is just trying to get more votes from Latinos. He's not been supportive to them, he's just trying to get more attention for his coming election," says Brownsville resident, Juan Martinez.
Regardless of what Obama's true motivation is, Martinez sees the pros and cons.
"There's something about it, that is takes rights from other US citizens that need a better education, so it has a good side and a bad side. At least the kids aren't getting stranded, but there's still more expenses going to the system," says Martinez.
Now there are some criteria that have to be met in order for a person to stay here in the United States.
-The immigrant had to have come to the US under the age of 16.
-The immigrant cannot be over 30.
-The immigrant must be in school, have graduated high school or serving in the military.
- The immigrant must have lived here for five consecutive years with no criminal record.
It's estimated that roughly 800-thousand undocumented immigrants will benefit from this policy change.