The Obama administration announced on Friday it would stop deportations and begin granting work permits for some Dream Act-eligible students.
HuffPost's Elise Foley reports:
The policy change will effectively enable Dream Act-eligible young people, often called DREAMers, to stay in the United States without fear of deportation, and without legislation from a Congress that is unlikely to pass a bill.
Undocumented immigrants who came to the United States under the age of 16 and have lived in the country for at least five years can apply for the relief, so long as they are under the age of 30, according to a memo from DHS. They also must be either an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or armed forces, or a student who has graduated from high school or obtained a GED. Immigrants will not be eligible if they "post a threat to national security or public safety," including having been convicted of a felony, a "significant" misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors.
The Obama administration has been criticized by supporters of immigration reform for the record-level deportations in the president's first term.
It was only last week that young undocumented immigrant students occupied President Obama's campaign offices, shutting them down to visitors and volunteers. Latino youth have been organizing protests at Obama's presidential events as well.
So how are college students, millennials and people in higher ed receiving the news this morning?
HuffPost College took a look around Twitter and found some reactions: