Milford Patch Poll: Should Illegal Immigrants Who Came Here as Children Face Deportation?

The Obama administration said it will stop deporting some illegal immigrants who are under the age of 16. What are your thoughts on this?

President Barack Obama announced last week that his administration will stop deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children and who pose no security threat.

According to CNN, under the new policy, people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military can get a two-year deferral from deportation.

These youths will also have to prove they have been in the country for at least five years, the news network said.

Obama said his executive order would make immigration policy “more fair, more efficient and more just,” according to CNN.

"This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix," the president said.

The issue has sparked debate among news organizations, political pundits and ordinary citizens, as to whether this is a good move now.

On a local level, Connecticut saw a similar situation like this back in 2004, when a Norwich Free Academy graduate, Majan Jean, was facing deportation because she came to the U.S. illegally when she was 12, according to the Hartford Courant. She avoided being sent to her native Haiti because of legislation that was pending at the time in Congress.

Have Your Say

Do you think illegal immigrants, brought here as children and now under the age of 16, should face deportation? Regardless of their social standing in society? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments. 

Richard Platt June 22, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Come on now! That's not a valid analogy.
MAC June 22, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Alice, you make some good points about being here "not being the fault" of those who came as children. However, you seem to ignore the FACT that the Law is the Law, and that "justice" is supposed to be "BLIND"! Are you aware that when an amnesty for those immigrants who BROKE the LAW was enacted during Reagan's presidency, that MILLIONS more crossed our borders illegally??! Obama is flouting the LAW now, in a desperate attempt to be re-elected, and even now more teens and children are being SENT ACROSS our southern BORDER, by family members who believe that Obama's un-Constitutional usurpation of POWER is an 'invitation' to continue ignoring our LAWS, because there is so often no consequence for breaking them!!!
Rob June 23, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Are you Alice from Wonderland???
landaddy001 June 23, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I guess that for Alice, I conversation is “Ugly” when people with opposing points of view express them. At no time have I read any posting in this thread which opposes Alice’s opinion using racial slurs or profanity. The facts are with collage, there are a limited number of seats (which is one of the reasons kids are made to apply) in college and if an illegal alien is admitted then that is one less seat unavailable to American kids. Alice is right about one thing, American kids and illegal alien kids are not on an even playing field and the same opportunities are not available to both groups of kids. What Alice is not mentioning, or chooses to ignore is that these two groups of kids did not start out on even playing field; therefore they should not be treated the same. She is also ignoring the example of all the legal foreign kids whose parents have followed the law to send them to this country to get an education. Compassion is very American but it should be exercised within the law.
Sandrea Gallegos June 24, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Apparently farmers are letting older latinos go because they want to have younger latinos with work permits. Unintended consequences happen when a law is not thoroughly considered before being "passed".


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