House Republicans, responding to new details of the Obama administration’s plan to allow some young illegal immigrants to apply for work permits and stay temporarily, charged that it could create delays for legal immigrants trying to enter the United States.

“This will lead to a backlog for legal immigrants who followed the rules, while allowing lawbreakers to skip to the front of the line,” Rep. Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who heads the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.

Obama administration officials released new information about the application process on Friday.

The plan, originally announced in June, is “another example of how the president’s policies put the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants,” said Smith, who is concerned that applicants will lie about their age and when they came into the United States.

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