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Obama Administration: Gov. to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants, grant work permits
The Obama administration says it will stop deporting, and begin giving work permits to younger illegal immigrants. KJZZ's Dennis Lambert spoke with Dulce Matuz, President of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, about the annoucement.
The new policy was announced Friday morning by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. It applies to immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have led law-abiding lives.
Matuz, an undocumented immigrant recently named as one of Time Magazine's top 100 Most in Inflential People in the World, says the Obama administration's actions are a good first step, but there's more work to be done.
The policy change could affect as many as 800,000 immigrants living in fear of deportation.