June 16th, 2012
04:22 PM ET

Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants

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, saying the move amounts to amnesty - a negative buzz word among conservatives - and usurps congressional authority.

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Those who might benefit from the change expressed joy and relief, with celebratory demonstrations forming outside the White House and elsewhere.

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