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Obama’s immigration order corrects egregious flaw

Even if, as many Republicans are suggesting, President Obama’s decision to end the deportation of most undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before age 16 is politically motivated, it is good policy.

The directive announced on Friday closely mirrors provisions of the long-sought DREAM Act, which would have granted legal status to young people who grew up here and either served in the military or attended college for two years. The administration made the sensible decision that, with scarce resources to crack down on undocumented workers, there is no point in wasting them on young people who entered the country through no decision of their own.

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