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Undocumented migrants with no criminal record can stay in US

To address the much debated issue of illegal immigration, US announced a new immigration policy which may reprieve around 300,000 undocumented immigrants from being deported. As per this new policy, only the migrants who are a potential threat for US in terms of public safety will be deported while the ones with no criminal record will be allowed to apply for work permits. In a letter to Senate majority leader Harry Reid, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote,"The president has said on numerous occasions that it makes no sense to expend our enforcement resources on low-priority cases." "Doing otherwise hinders our public safety mission — clogging immigration court dockets and diverting DHS enforcement resources away from individuals who pose a threat to public safety," wrote Janet. However, administration officials are still unsure whether all the undocumented immigrants can avail benefit of this policy or not. "It definitely could affect a large number of people," said Susan Long, co director of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which studied the issue in 2007. But for many undocumented migrants this news has proved to be a major assurance of their survival in America. "It's going to be a life-changer for many people who have been around raids in the fields, construction sites and sweatshops," said Pedro Trujillo, an undocumented Cal State Northridge student, giving the announcement double thumbs up. "It's a huge weight off our backs."

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