The promised reviews of deportation cases announced last August by the Obama administration launched last month with a pilot program in Denver and Baltimore, and the results are in: Of some 11,682 cases reviewed, according to The Associated Press, about 1,600 people who don't have criminal records and show deep ties to the U.S. will be allowed to stay. Plans are now to expand the program nationwide, with reviews of some 300,000 deportation cases expected.
For those who will get to stay, the decision is a life-changing one. But legally, the only thing that has happened is that their deportation has been stopped. Those who don't have legal status will remain without it. A story in the New York Times explains how it works: