Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and cosponsor of the DREAM Act, hailed President Barack Obama's decision to provide young, eligible individuals under the age of 30 with protection from deportation. The President's directive will allow immigrants who have lived here for at least 5 years and arrived in America below the age of 16 to apply for deferred action, protecting them from immediate deportation and permitting them to be authorized for work.
"Today, President Obama took bold and decisive action to protect hundreds of thousands of young people who have grown up as Americans but through no fault of their own lack the legal ability to be here," said Congressman Deutch.
"This policy will protect heroic members of our military and hardworking students who simply want a chance to fulfill the American dream and contribute to the country they love. Though only action by Congress can provide these individuals with an actual path to citizenship, the President's decision is an important step forward and a powerful reminder of his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform."