Obama's Immigration Plan a Hit with Local Pols

Bay Area elected officials are fans of the president's new immigration policy.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Nov 30, 2012  |  Updated 3:14 PM PDT
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Elected officials in the Bay Area agree: President Barack Obama's plan not to deport -- at least temporarily -- undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children is A-OK.

Obama's plan could affect up to 800,000 people across the country, the San Francisco Appeal reported. Among the Bay Area politicians who clicked Like on Obama for the announcement were San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo and Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, the newspaper reported.

Obama's announcement also included instruction to legislators to pass the DREAM Act, the newspaper reported. That law would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the country as a child.

Under Obama's policy, such immigrants would not be deported for up to two years, allowing more opportunities for school and for work, the newspaper reported. Citizenship is another matter, but may follow.

"The President's bold and courageous act brings a generation of young hardworking immigrants out of the shadows," said Gascon in a statement. "It gives affirmation to this younger generation that they are valued and deserving of a better life."

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