Under a plan made public today, the Obama Administration will stop deporting illegal immigrants if they came to the United States before the age of 16, are now younger than 30 years of age, have lived in the United States for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, and are in school or have graduated from a United States high school, have earned a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the military.

U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) is applauded President Barack Obama for his executive action to block the deportation of many undocumented youth and young adults.

“The President's new policy takes an important and brave step to help promising youth achieve their full potential in the United States,” says Lautenberg. “Many of the hard-working, law-abiding young adults affected by today's announcement have only known the United States as their home.”

Lautenberg co-sponsors legislation which would allow a select group of immigrant students who came to the U.S. as children the opportunity to earn legal status by graduating from high school or obtaining a GED, and by completing two years of college or military service in good standing. This measure was passed by the House of Representatives in 2010, but has been blocked in the Senate.

Lautenberg says, “These young people can help to strengthen our country and its workforce, and I am pleased they will have that opportunity now without fearing deportation.”