President Resurrects Portions of DREAM Act

Many of our readers have heard by now that, late last week, President Obama announced a major change in U.S. immigration policy. This change is aimed at providing temporary relief from removal (deportation) to young adults, brought to the United States as children, who meet certain criteria. It resurrects portions of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), which was first proposed over a decade ago, but has never gained the support in Congress necessary to be passed into law.

The President was careful to say that the new policy was only “an exercise of prosecutorial discretion within the immigration laws.” NPR’s host of Weekend Edition, Scott Simon, and reporter from the White House, Scott Horsley, discuss the policy, some of the reaction, and possible political implications. Read the story or listen to the transcript online.

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