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Policy could defer deportation of illegal immigrants

n this June 15, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama talks about granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration's new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal Homeland Security Department plans obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

n this June 15, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama talks about granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration's new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal Homeland Security Department plans obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 350,000 more illegal immigrants than previously thought could earn an extra two years in the U.S. when President Barack Obama's new policy takes effect next week, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, students age 30 or younger who are enrolled in school on the day they apply will now be eligible for a two-year reprieve from deportation if they demonstrate that they came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday; lived there for the past five years; and have not been convicted of certain crimes or pose a national security threat.

Before the new rule was announced last week, the program was slated to be open to students enrolled in school as of June 15, 2012, or those who have graduated high school, received a GED or honorably left the armed services, including the Coast Guard.

Obama's policy takes effect Aug. 15, and the government will begin accepting applications for deferral that same day. The application includes a fee of $465 used to fund the program, though exemptions will be provided for minors, homeless youth and youth with chronic disabilities that fall below 150 percent of the U.S. poverty level.

Applicants who are denied deferral will not have the option to appeal. Those approved will be able to separately apply for work authorization in the U.S.

The institute estimated in June that 1.4 million unauthorized immigrants could benefit from the program. Those estimates only included students who were enrolled in school as of that date. Speaking Tuesday at a panel at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Doris Meissner, Director of the institute's U.S. Immigration Policy Program, said as many as 1.76 million people could be eligible, based on new guidance the Homeland Security Department released Friday.

Jeanne Batalova, an author of the report, said the program is "a powerful incentive to go back to school" for young people who previously were not continuing their education.

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, emphasized that the program only serves to delay deportation for successful applicants, without excusing "past unlawful presence."

"It does not provide a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship," Mayorkas said.

The Homeland Security Department previously said that it could need to hire more than 1,400 full-time employees, as well as contractors, to handle the requests coming in. Mayorkas said both the number of applications and the pace at which they come in will determine how long it takes service centers throughout the U.S. to process them.

"In other words, will the agency experience a steady flow of volume from August 15th forward," Mayorkas said. "Will people who wish to request deferred action, will they file very quickly," or will they wait to see the outcome for other applicants.

Muzaffar Chishti, director of the institute's office at New York University's School of Law, said applicants' early reaction to the program and confidentiality for them, their families and their employers would be "very critical" for building confidence among potential beneficiaries.

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waltspecht 1 year, 8 months ago

One more time, what should be enforced until legally changed, is changed by an Executive Power move that just might not be legal.

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Racc 1 year, 8 months ago

This is just a plan to get more illegal votes from them!!! This is how he wants to win something, by giving to those who do not work for it. Lets adopt Mexicos rule for illegals, lets see how far that would go!!! This man has got to GO!!!!!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

He really is a despicable person.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 8 months ago

Why they got to put his picture on the front of the herald website, every time I get on, there he is, ugh!

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Cartman 1 year, 8 months ago

He says he wants Immigration Reform, but he won't enforce the existing laws. He is arrogant and corrupt.

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bigbob 1 year, 8 months ago

This looser isn'tg going to deport his voting base.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 8 months ago

I don't mean this to be ugly, just to help in the future, bigbob, "'lose' lost an o". Lose and loser have one o, loose (to set something loose) is two o's. Remember "lose lost an o". :)

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 8 months ago

IF this country re-elects Obama, we have truly lost our minds! This is arguably the most corrupt administration in my life time...and that includes Nixon.

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VietVet1 1 year, 8 months ago

And the welfare & unemployment continues to rise with his new voters. This guy has set America to distruction. WAKE UP AMERICA

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cfcarroll64 1 year, 8 months ago

We, not i, lost our minds when he was voted in the first time. He got the African-American vote because they thought he was black and thought they were going to get something for nothing, so did a lot of Liberals. We already support enough people that won't work to support themselves. He needs to go back home (where ever that is) and take his followers with him, then they and he will see who gets what for nothing.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

This POS (President Of Socialism) will do absolutely ANYTHING to get re-elected.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 8 months ago

I thought POS stood for something else... I think they both describe him perfectly.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

A recently released report shows widespread tax fraud in connection with the federal government’s Individual Taxpayer Identification Number program.

The U.S. Treasury inspector general report accuses the IRS of discouraging employees from reviewing applications for the ID numbers, which are generally from non-resident workers.

The inspector general specifically said there were 154 mailing addresses that were used 1,000 or more times on applications, including 15,795 numbers assigned to a Phoenix address.

The report, which evaluated the processing year 2011, also found inadequate controls can result in the numbers being assigned to people who have not proved their identity or foreign status, which can result in fraudulent tax returns.

The inspector general also found 10 individual addresses were used for filing 53,994 tax returns and receiving $86.4 million in fraudulent tax refunds. For example, 23,994 tax refunds totaling $46.3 million were issued to an address in Atlanta; and 2,507 tax refunds totaling $10.4 million were issued to an address in Oxnard, Calif.

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