Israel Velazquez, a 16-year-old who emigrated from Mexico when he was 2, told ABC News that he lived in fear of being deported in Asheboro, N.C., where he said the amount of immigration checkpoints in his area made it difficult to drive. Now, he said, his future looks more promising.
"This news helps me out," Israel said. "It gives me the opportunity to go through university without paying very much. It gives me the opportunity to work, to have a better career for myself, and it gives me the opportunity that my parents didn't have."
GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa released a statement saying he was "outraged" by the new rules. "The American people have rejected amnesty because it will erode the Rule of Law," he said. "In much the same way, I believe the American people will reject President Obama for his repeated efforts to violate the Constitutional separation of powers."
Rep. Peter King of New York, the Republican chairman of the House committee on homeland security, said the White House is "overstepping its authority by weakening immigration laws without Congressional approval."
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Kyle Blaine contribued reporting.