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Friday, June 15, 2012

Obama extends immunity to youthful immigrants

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 9:04 AM

COULD SHE COME HOME?: Kaiti Tidwell.
  • COULD SHE COME HOME?: Kaiti Tidwell.
Big news from President Obama today on the immigration front. From Talking Points Memo:

President Barack Obama will order his administration to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants and granting them work permits, the Associated Press is reporting.

The policy will apply to immigrants younger than 30 who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16, have been in the country at least five years, have no criminal history and graduated from high school, earned a GED or served in the military. The decision could affect as many as 800,000 immigrants.

Could this open the door to Kaiti Tidwell, who floated across the Rio Grande on an inner tube as an infant, was adopted by an Arkansas couple and completed high school here, but was banished to Mexico in the spring because of her inability to establish citizenship?

Can a Mitt Romney denunciation be far behind? UPDATE: He tries to have it both ways.

Noted: A Twitter from state Rep. Justin Harris, who takes federal and state money for operating a pre-school that teaches Bible and which has likely included undocumented immigrants among its students:

The President has no right to issue an Executive Order, allowing illegal immigrants to stay in our country!

A friendlier tone from the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, which continues the call for a DREAM Act for achieving immigrants in Arkansas schools.

UPDATE: Kaiti tells Leslie Peacock that the Obama order won't help her. She said her lawyer has told her that it does not apply to her because she's no longer living in the country.

SIDELIGHT: Video of a reporter for the right-wing Daily Caller who kept trying to interrupt President Obama during his announcement. He's done it before.

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