Obama Edict on Deportation a Relief to Undocumented Students

For years, Roberto Guzman was afraid to drive to class at Sacramento City College for fear he would be pulled over and deported to Mexico.

Now Guzman — whose parents brought him to California from Zacatecas state when he was 2 — is among thousands of undocumented immigrants breathing easier.

The Obama administration announced last week that it would deport only those "who pose a threat to public safety and national security."

That means Guzman, 19, and millions of other undocumented immigrants in the United States will no longer be targeted for deportation. About 300,000 undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation will be reconsidered on a case-by-case basis.

How long this review will take – and who exactly will be allowed to stay – is unknown. Those subject to "prosecutorial discretion" – meaning they are no longer a law enforcement priority – include a significant number of the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants, including: Veterans and those serving in the military; minors and the elderly; pregnant or nursing women; victims of domestic violence, trafficking or other serious crimes; those suffering from serious mental or physical disabilities and illnesses; and those in the United States since childhood.

THE SACRAMENTO BEE

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