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Patch’s Poll: Should Illegal Immigrants Who Came Here as Children Face Deportation?

The Obama administration said it will stop deporting some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16 years old. What are your thoughts on this?

President Barack Obama announced last week that his administration will stop deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children and who pose no security threat.

According to CNN, under the new policy, people under 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military can get a two-year deferral from deportation.

These youths will also have to prove they have been in the country for at least five years, the news network said.

Obama said his executive order would make immigration policy “more fair, more efficient and more just,” according to CNN.

"This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix," the president said.

The issue has sparked debate among news organizations, political pundits and ordinary citizens, as to whether this is a good move now.

On a local level, Connecticut saw a similar situation like this back in 2004, when a Norwich Free Academy graduate, Majan Jean, was facing deportation because she came to the U.S. illegally when she was 12, according to the Hartford Courant. She avoided being sent to her native Haiti because of legislation that was pending at the time in Congress.

We want to know what you think.

Do you think illegal immigrants, brought here as children and now under the age of 16, should face deportation? Regardless of their social standing in society? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Karen Silva June 22, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Nearly two years after arriving in America with the promise of a new nose and ears, Aesha Mohammadzai has finally begun the process of reconstructive surgery. http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/22/us/aesha-update-surgery-begins/index.html?hpt=hp_c1 if she came over the boarder to America on her own and did not get legal papers because of her fear of governments, WOULD YOU DEPORT HER?? IS SHE CONSIDERED A CRIMINAL AT THAT POINT...........?? HOW WOULD YOU WANT TO BE TREATED
Karen Silva June 22, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Mr. Massy I am NOT a kid and how dare you think you know me and sum me up in two seconds; do you even know how old I am what I do for a living; YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHO I AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All you want to do is attack who you think I am instead of focusing on the real issues here. AND THAT MAKES IT OBVIOUS WHAT A CRUMMY TEACHER YOU ARE!!!!!! I have provided you with legitimate references to back up my statements--WHAT ABOUT YOU??? It looks like you are way to closed minded to change your beliefs or even have a valid debate about yours; Mother Theresa was idealistic and so was Gandhi and I can go on and on with more examples of beautiful people like them; I choose to align myself with their beliefs about human beings and I can only pray for your soul --have a nice life
Karen Silva June 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Keep talking Mr. Massy because you make your positions crystal clear and it is very educating for all of us. Thank God for open forums so that people like you can be exposed.
Karen Silva June 22, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Mr. Massy one last word you are a bully
Kate June 24, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I agree with Karen; you are a bully Massy. How dare you try to tell me that I don't know what's going on in this world? I may be young, but that doesn't mean that I can't have hope. So stop trying to crush it. You have no right to do that to me. I already spend enough nights crying because of people like you who are tearing our world apart. People like you make everything into a black and white/right or wrong issue, and life isn't supposed to be like that. You may be older than me in years, but you sure are lacking wisdom, and especially lacking in compassion for other human beings.

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