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Will Obama's mini-'DREAM Act' produce massive fraud?

Republicans, riled that President Obama moved on his own to bar deportation of some young illegal immigrants, caution that the new policy is being implemented without regulations or even much thought on how to prevent fraud.

Undocumented UCLA students attend a graduation ceremony for 'Dreamers,' or DREAM Act students, at a church near the campus in Los Angeles on June 15. Undocumented youths who came to the United States as children reacted with joy to a recent Obama administration rule change that could spare them deportation, although opponents slammed it as amnesty.

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President Obama’s recent decision to allow young illegal immigrants in the military or in school deferral from deportation is “an open invitation to fraud,” says the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in a letter sent to the director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday.

In mid-June, Mr. Obama directed immigration enforcement officials to allow young illegal immigrants who met several criteria – five years or longer in the US, in the education system or the military, and not over the age of 30, among them – to receive a two-year deferral from deportation proceedings and the ability to apply for work permits.
Congressional Republicans were steamed that the president was usurping congressional authority, but they did not say how they would go about reversing the move. Hill Democrats, on the other hand, argued that the president was well within historic precedent.


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