U.S. to ease policy on illegal immigration

August 18, 2011

The Associated Press

The government says many illegal immigrants who don't have criminal records but are facing possible deportation will get to stay in the U.S. indefinitely and have a chance to apply for a work permit.

Deporting illegal immigrants who are convicted criminals will be the Obama administration's priority.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says authorities will make a case-by-case review of the approximately 300,000 illegal immigrants who are facing possible deportation.

Immigration advocates say the Obama administration hasn't lived up to its promise to only deport the "worst of the worst," as the president has said.

Announcement about the new review probably will anger Republicans who contend that Obama has been too lenient on illegal immigrants.

Chicago police arrested 10 people last night protesting the federal program which allows local government to see if criminal suspects have permission to be in the United States.