The Obama administration's announcement that it would effectively stop deporting young undocumented immigrants set ablaze a flurry of news reports, analyses, and statements from a variety of sources.
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It's been years in the making. Comprehensive immigration reform was a large piece of President Obama's platform when he was elected in 2008, and many immigration advocates had criticized the chief executive for his inaction thus far.
Under the new policy, undocumented immigrants younger than 30 who were brought to the U.S. before they were 16 are eligible for a two-year deferral from deportation if they have no criminal record, were successful students, or served in the military. Those who meet the requirements are eligible to apply for work permits.
So far, Obama seems to be on a roll for liberals. Last month, he announced his support of same-sex marriage on ABC News. Granted, it followed Vice President Joe Biden's off-the-cuff remarks regarding the matter, but it effectively renewed his support base of gay-rights supporters.
His move now to put in place the beginnings of a reformed immigration policy means that it'll be a long election season for both Obama and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney.