Obama to Tweak Immigration Laws

    FILE - In this May 10, 2011, file photo audience members listen to President Barack Obama speak about immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas. A year before the 2012 presidential election, Hispanic voters face a choice: continue to support Obama despite being disproportionately hurt by the economic downturn or turn to Republicans at a time when many GOP presidential hopefuls have taken a hard line on immigration. Obama kicks off a three-day West coast trip on Monday in Las Vegas.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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    The Obama administration proposed on Friday a plan to slightly change the immigration laws, which would allow illegal family members of American citizens to remain in the U.S. while their applications for the citizenship are processed. Under the current rule people applying for legal status must return to their home country and wait while their applications are processed. President Obama will change the rule using his executive powers, and will not require congressional approval.

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