On June 15, the most recent immigration announcement by President Obama seems to be good news for many young undocumented immigrants (approximately 800,000 nationwide).
While it does not provide everything the DREAM act would deliver (namely a pathway to citizenship) at least this policy change will allow them to live without constant threat of deportation and remain in the US with a work permit.
It was formally announced at a press conference on June 15. A USCCB response or statement will probably be coming soon. As you know, Comprehensive Immigration Reform has long been an advocacy focus area for the Assistancy, largely because of the immigrants that Jesuits and colleagues have accompanied in our various ministries. This policy change is one incremental step in that direction. Just let me know if you want additional information or you can follow news on the Justice for Immigrants website.
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