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Illegal Aliens In Foster Care Have Long Received Amnesty

August 29, 2012
Irene Garcia

While President Obama’s new “deferred action” plan to spare nearly 1 million young illegal immigrants from deportation has created an uproar, a little-known policy has for decades granted permanent U.S. residency to the same demographic.

It hasn’t created a brouhaha because its been kept quiet by administrations—both Democratic and Republican— over the last 20 years. The special U.S. government visa program has granted amnesty to thousands of illegal immigrants in foster care, according to a national newswire story. Since 1997 more than 10,000 young illegal aliens have quietly become permanent legal residents.

It happens under a special immigrant juvenile status program known as SL6, a code for special immigrant juvenile status. Under the policy, dependents of the state who wind up in foster care become legal residents of the United States. In some cases their illegal immigrant parents get deported or arrested for criminal acts. Unlike the amnesty recently enacted by the president, the SL6 policy cannot be overturned.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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