Obama makes changes to U.S. illegal immigration policy

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Obama Administration says it will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants.

The policy will apply to illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. Before age 16 and are younger than 30.

They must have been in the country for at least five continuous years and have no criminal history.

On Friday, some members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance stood outside President Barak Obama's campaign office in East Walnut Hills in hopes the President's policy is carried out.

"We want to see more action," said Santiago Garcia, a member of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. "We are tired of just words from him and him telling us that he supports us but behind our backs does something different."

Garcia says Obama's prosecutorial discretion policy for illegal immigrants turned out to be a broken promise.

"We have two open cases right now of undocumented youth Miguel and Julio who are from Cincinnati," said Garcia. "When those cases are closed we will be able to see that he's keeping his word."

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, who has been public about stopping illegal immigration, has a much different opinion.

"If you were born here in this country, you should have priority over anybody else who comes here from another country and start out being here illegally," said Jones.

He says Obama's policy on immigration is strictly a political ploy to gain the Hispanic vote.

Individuals must also be enrolled in school, have graduated high school or served in the military.

Officials say about 800,000 undocumented immigrants will benefit from the change.