Younger Immigrants Get Permits

    MESA, AZ - JUNE 24:  Undocumented Guatemalan immigrants are searched before boarding a deportation flight to Guatemala City, Guatemala at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on June 24, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, ICE, repatriates thousands of undocumented Guatemalans monthly, many of whom are caught in the controversial "Secure Communities" data-sharing program which puts local police on the frontlines of national immigration enforcement. ICE recently announced a set of adjustments to the federal program after many local communities and some states, including New York, insisted on opting out, saying immigrants were being deported for minor offenses such as traffic violations. Guatemala ranks only second to Mexico in the number of illegal immigrants deported from the United States.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    It’s a dream come true for some young illegal immigrants.  The Obama administration told the Associated Press on Friday that as many as 800,000 immigrants will be affected by a new plan to stop deportation and begin offering work permits. The initiative, which comes in the middle of a difficult election year in which the Latino vote will likely prove crucial, will embrace illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children and who have not fallen into trouble with the law. “Many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways,” wrote Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in a memo. The policy shift, which sidesteps congressional involvement, was to be officially announced Friday, the Associated Press reported. Elsewhere on the Web, the Drudge Report illustrated the story on its homepage with a photo of Obama eating what appeared to be Mexican food while standing next to a man in a sombrero.

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