The Obama administration's announcement yesterday that it would back off on deporting "low priority" immigrants who don't present a public safety threat is being cheered by immigrant advocates, but questions remain as to who will benefit and to what extent.
According to the announcement, the deportation cases of immigrants with no criminal records and strong ties to the United States - particularly young people who arrived as children, military veterans and their families - will be reviewed on a case by case basis, and many could be spared deportation. Some people allowed to stay might even qualify for work permits.
But what kind of long-term solution does this represent, if any? Several pertinent questions were brought up yesterday during a live Twitter Q&A chat with White House intergovernmental affairs director Cecilia Muñoz. Among those who joined the discussion was Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning journalist who recently revealed his undocumented status. Here's a Storify(ed) timeline of the chat via the White House Blog.(And kudos to the White House for posting this while I was tweaking code on a nearly identical Storify timeline, as it saved me some tech headaches.)