Sunday, June 17, 2012
Democrats and Republicans appeared to disagreed Saturday over the part of President Obama’s executive order on illegal immigration that allows some applicants to avoid deportation despite having committed crimes.
The section at issue states in part that young illegal immigrants eligible for the program must “not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.”
The first news reports on the change stated those eligible could have no criminal history, but documents released later in day showed that to be incorrect.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the first administration official to announce the plan, said Friday morning the policy change was an attempt to keep the agency’s enforcement resources focused on removing the most potentially dangerous illegal immigrants, including felons and repeat offenders.