3 Stipulations Undocumented Immigrants Must Follow to Stay in US

President Obama makes clear those with criminal backgrounds cannot stay despite executive action.
2:27 | 11/21/14

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Tonight amount announcing those actions. First and build on our progress at the border would additional resources for our law enforcement personnel. Suit bacon stem the flow of illegal crossings and speed the return of those who do crossover. Second. I'll make it easier and faster. For high skilled immigrants graduates are not open doors to stay and contribute to war conflict for so many business leaders have proposed. Tour. Will take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country. Want to say more about this third issue because it generates the most passion and controversy. Even as we are a nation are members were also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws and I believe that they must be held accountable. Especially those who may be dangerous. That's why over the past six years deportations. Of criminals are up 80%. And that's why we're gonna keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons not families. Criminals. Not children. Gang members. Not a mom who's working hard to provide fur kids. We'll prioritize. Just like law enforcement does every day we expect people who live in this country to play by the rules. We expected those who cut the line will not be unfairly rewarded. Sort and offer the following deal. If you've been in America for more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens or legal residents. If you registered. Pass a criminal background check and you're willing to pay your fair share of taxes. You'll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. That's what this deal is. Tell us be clear what about what is is and this deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently. It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship. Or the right to stay here permanently or offer the same benefits that citizens receive. Only congress can do that. All we're saying is we're not going to deport you.

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