U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) championed this afternoon
President Barack Obama’s Friday announcement that the Department of
Homeland Security would enable a large swath of undocumented immigrants
under the age of 30 to avoid deportation.
The announcement could mean a work
permit, drivers license, and living without the fear of deportation for
an estimated 70,000 people in Illinois and 1.4 million people
nationally, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from the Migration Policy Institute.
Gutierrez also focused on the implementation of Obama’s executive
action, warning that there will be people “who want to exploit and take
advantage of this situation” by, for example, making immigrants pay for
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