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Obama jumping over Rubio's Dream Act



WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Friday that it would block deportations of young illegal immigrants and allow them to obtain work permits, shaking up the election a week before the president heads to Orlando to address a Hispanic group.

The news jumps ahead of Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been working on a similar proposal for three months but had yet to release the details, and puts him and other Republicans who said they are open to helping young immigrants in an awkward spot.

"Today's announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short-term answer to a long-term problem," Rubio said. "And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short-term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long-term one."

As many as 800,000 people could be affected.

"This is a huge win. Our community has shown its muscle," said Gaby Pacheco, an immigration reform advocate from Miami.

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[Last modified: Friday, June 15, 2012 1:13pm]


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