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Welcome reprieve for immigrants


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2012

~~<p>A relatively small percentage of Hawaii young residents who were born abroad has begun lining up under an executive action by President Barack Obama to avoid deportation. In an extreme response, the Kansas secretary of state, who is an informal adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is challenging the policy in court, but the Obama administration should not be deterred by the insensitive challenge.</p>
<p>The president used proper legal authority to make the policy change, which could provide two-year reprieves to an estimated 936,930 young people &mdash; including an estimated 2,380 in Hawaii. Eligible are those who arrived in the United States before age 16, lived here continuously for at least five years, are in school, are high school graduates or are military veterans in good standing and have been no older than age 30 on June 15, when the president signed the order.</p>
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A relatively small percentage of Hawaii young residents who were born abroad has begun lining up under an executive action by President Barack Obama to avoid deportation. In an extreme response, the Kansas secretary of state, who is an informal adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is challenging the policy in court, but the Obama administration should not be deterred by the insensitive challenge.

The president used proper legal authority to make the policy change, which could provide two-year reprieves to an estimated 936,930 young people — including an estimated 2,380 in Hawaii. Eligible are those who arrived in the United States before age 16, lived here continuously for at least five years, are in school, are high school graduates or are military veterans in good standing and have been no older than age 30 on June 15, when the president signed the order. Login for more...



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