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Obama Should Pardon ‘Dreamer’ Immigrants, Democrats Say

  • Undocumented immigrants seen risking deportation under Trump
  • More than 750,000 youth were protected under 2012 Obama order
President Barack Obama speaks in Warsaw on July 8, 2016.

President Barack Obama speaks in Warsaw on July 8, 2016.

Photographer: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
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A group of House Democrats called on President Barack Obama to pardon about 750,000 young undocumented immigrants who are temporarily shielded from deportation under a 2012 executive order, a move that reflects growing concern about a shift in immigration policy expected after President-elect Donald Trump takes power in January.

“By no fault of their own, these Americans are prisoners in their own country, living their daily lives, not knowing if they will be deported to another country,” Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, a California Democrat, said at a news conference. She and a group of other lawmakers active on immigration policy sent a letter to Obama with their request Thursday.