Now that the Obama administration has announced it will grant deferred action to certain young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors, their long-term fate is no longer as precarious as it's been throughout their lives here so far. But that's not to say it's no longer uncertain.
Deferred action is just that: the deferment of removal action, or deportation. It is not a path to permanent legal status, let alone citizenship. Here is how it's described on the Homeland Security website:
Deferred action does not confer lawful status upon an individual. In addition, although an alien granted deferred action will not be considered to be accruing unlawful presence in the United States during the period deferred action is in effect, deferred action does not absolve individuals of any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence.
Under existing regulations, an individual who has been granted deferred action is eligible to receive employment authorization for the period of deferred action, provided he or she can demonstrate “an economic necessity for employment.” Deferred action can be terminated at any time at the agency’s discretion or renewed by the agency.
President Obama's proposal that would allow young people who were children when they were brought to America illegally to stay in the country was backed today by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
News that certain young people who live in the country illegally will now be allowed to stay in America was welcomed today by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who told CNN they will, “contribute mightily to the nation.”
President Obama announced earlier today that young people who were brought to the country illegally before the age of 16, who have lived here for five years, who do not pose a security threat, and who have enrolled in school or the military will be able to apply for deferred action.
Villaraigosa, an Obama supporter and chair of the Democratic National Convention, backs the plan.
“Look, we’re using our prosecutorial discretion here to say that the kids who have been here – many of them came as infants, they’ve lived here their whole life,” Villaraigosa said in an interview with CNN.
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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at LAX, Thursday, May 10, 2012. Obama left Los Angeles Thursday after a series of campaign fundraisers.
For breaking temporary no-fly zones in restricted areas, NORAD dispacted F-16 fighter jets to intercept three general aviation aircraft this week during President Barack Obama's short fundraising trip to Los Angeles.
On Thursday morning, two F-16 fighters, under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted a single engine Cessna 206 around 9:00 am, and a single engine Cherokee PA 28 at approximately 9:30 am PDT.
On Wednesday, an F-16 fighter jet intercepted a Cessna 117 northwest of Los Angeles around 4:50 p.m. forcing the plane to land at Camarillo.
The FAA is investigating the incidents, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer in an email statement to the Associated Press.
Previous planes to violate the president's protected airspace include:
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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Los Angeles. Obama returns June 6 for a series of campaign fundraisers.
His two-day jaunt includes three re-election campaign fundraisers -- LGBT Leadership Council Gala in Beverly Hills, dinner at the home of "Glee'' co-creator Ryan Murphy, and a breakfast fundraiser at the home of developer Charles Quarles.
Westside traffic is expected to do the ol' jam and detour near Beverly Hills and Century City starting Wednesday afternoon, say police. The Beverly Hills Police Department is warning drivers of traffic delays and intermittent street closures.
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Billionaire Donald Trump at at 2011 Florida Tea Party Rally.
Trump again questioned the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate, and belabored the birther issue during a phone interview that deteriorated into the men calling each other "ridiculous."
"A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate," said Trump, though he declined to give names of the experts who agreed with him, notes The Situation Room.
Blitzer suggested that Trump was starting "to sound a little ridiculous" in light of the state of Hawaii confirming the president's citizenship.
Trump fired back, "I think you sound ridiculous."
"Did the conspiracy start in 1961 when the Honolulu Star Bulletin and the Honolulu advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?," Blitzer asked.