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Obama ends young migrant deportations

Saturday, June 16, 2012



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US President Barack Obama has announced an immediate end to the deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the US as children, describing the move as “the right thing to do”.

Those aged between 16 and 30 who have lived in the US for five years could now be eligible for work permits.

The plan, which goes into effect immediately, is expected to affect as many as 800,000 people. The move is seen as addressing a key Latino concern in an election year.

Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney are courting Hispanic voters in key states ahead of November’s election.


Jun 16, 2012