(Re-posted from CNN.com News Website)

June 15, 2012

Julie Quiroz is one of an estimated 4 million "citizen children" in the United States, according to new study.Washington (CNN) — In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

The shift on the politically volatile issue of immigration policy prompted immediate praise from Latino leaders who have criticized Congress and the White House for inaction, while Republicans reacted with outrage that the move amounts to amnesty — a negative buzz word among conservatives. What to know on immigration in the U.S.

Those who might benefit from the change expressed joy and relief.

Pedro Ramirez, a student who has campaigned for such a move, said he was “definitely speechless,” then added: “It’s great news.”

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