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Overheard of CNN.com: Decision to defer some deportations symbolic
In February, demonstrators protest Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's opposition of the DREAM Act.
June 15th, 2012
04:24 PM ET

Overheard of CNN.com: Decision to defer some deportations symbolic

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Immigration is always a hot-button issue, and can even be a vote-changing one, because it gets to the heart of who we believe we are as Americans and as people. For many readers at CNN.com, the Obama administration's announcement that it will give a two-year deferral from deportation to some young immigrants who came to the United States as children - if they meet certain requirements - is symbolic of society's attitude toward immigration in general.

Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants

Quite a few commenters were dismayed, because they have been hoping for politicians to take a hard stance against illegal immigration.

dfr333: "Congratulations Romney, you just got my vote, and I did not even want to vote for you ..."

Rachel1989: "Again, this just riled up the Republican base even more and made Romney look good. This just cost Obama the election."

Some readers were happy because they were afraid someone they knew would be deported.

jboo10141: "I knew a girl in college who was a third year medical student and was fighting against getting deported because her family came here when she was 6. This is a great move. I applaud Obama for standing and doing what he thinks is right. So many young children who came here went to college or went to war and have been doing everything they can to live a fulfilling life now have the chance to do so. Keep up the good work."

Does illegal immigration hurt the United States, and how? Readers don't agree.

starspangled: "We're struggling economically as it is, and now Obama will add more pressure on the poor and middle-class citizen. We cannot continue taking in Latin America into this nation."

PoppyLee: "They're already here. We're just letting them join legally, pay taxes and all that."

Was the decision about political posturing to win over certain groups? FULL POST

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Joy, skepticism at immigration policy move
A coalition of immigrant groups and their supporters march across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York in July 2010.
June 15th, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Joy, skepticism at immigration policy move

By Mariano Castillo, CNN

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(CNN) - Jose Luis Zelaya shed tears of joy Friday morning.

"It's just insane," the graduate student at Texas A&M University said. "I've been working on this for six years. It is just overwhelming."

Zelaya was electrified by news that the Obama administration will stop deporting illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

Zelaya came to the United States illegally from Honduras at age 14 to find his mother, who was already in the country, he said.

Without the change announced Friday, he couldn't get a job to help pay for school; Zelaya, 25, is pursuing a master's degree in education with hopes of earning a doctorate and teaching middle school. He also wouldn't be able to consider job offers that presented themselves afterward. The uncertainty over what loomed after graduation spooked him.

"Now, maybe I will be able to work without being afraid that someone may deport me," he said. "There is no fear anymore."

Immigration shift sparks reaction from both sides

News of the change raced across the country, buoying the spirits of immigrants and immigrant advocates who have campaigned for such a change for more than 10 years.

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June 15th, 2012
01:15 PM ET

Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants

Tune to "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" at 4 p.m. ET on CNN for Blitzer's interview with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

By Tom Cohen, CNN

Washington (CNN) – In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

The shift on the politically volatile issue of immigration policy prompted immediate praise from Latino leaders who have criticized Congress and the White House for inaction, while Republicans reacted with outrage that the move amounts to amnesty - a negative buzz word among conservatives.

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Pentagon to hold its first Gay Pride event
The Pentagon, where homosexuality was cause for discipline until recently, will hold a Gay Pride Month event in June.
June 15th, 2012
09:39 AM ET

Pentagon to hold its first Gay Pride event

By Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer

Washington (CNN) – The Department of Defense announced Thursday that it will be commemorating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride later this month. The event will be the first of its kind for the Pentagon.

"The Defense Department is planning an LGBT Pride Month event for later this month," Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Laniez said in a statement issued Thursday.

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