Questions Surround Obama Immigration Change

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President Obama's huge change in immigration policy sparked debate across the country. Many Hispanic students like the move, but some are skeptical,

Obama's plans to allow some 800,000 young illegal immigrants to stay in the country for now have many wondering what this means for the upcoming presidency.

The policy change, announced Friday, would prevent deportation and provide work permits for some undocumented immigrants who came to this country when they were younger than 16.

In Venice, Calif., a small group of students blocked the entrance to the Obama for America headquarters office. They are skeptical that all of this is happening just a few months before the election.

"This is totally an election stunt because there is no solid policy," Jonathan Perez, a student, said. "Again, it's up to those ICE officers. It is based on their discretion."

"Knowing that I'm driving to school without a license; knowing that at any moment I can get stopped, and just for driving to school to get an education I can get stopped and be deported to a country that I have no knowledge of, it does not make sense," David Buenrostro, another student, said.

And what about the parents of these young illegal immigrants?

"I do believe it's up to Congress to address the issue of what we do with the parents and those that are here currently undocumented," said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference. "I don't see it as amnesty."

One lawmaker in California said the president's executive order doesn't solve the problem of illegal immigration and screams election year politics.

"'Doesn't matter what the Congress voted,'" California assemblyman Tim Donnelly said. "'Doesn't matter about the voice of the people; I'm going to do what I want to do because it's an election year, and I'm going to do whatever it takes to win.' This is shameless pandering."

"The Obama administration has overstepped its boundaries once again," Tea Party member Katrina Pierson said.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney questioned if the president was serious about immigration reform, why did he wait until four and a half months before the election to do something?

When asked if he would repeal the president's decision if elected, Romney told CBS's "Face the Nation" there needs to be a long-term solution.

"We'll look at that setting as we reach that, but my anticipation is I'd come into office and say, 'We need to get this done on a long-term basis, not this kind of a stop-gap measure,'" he said.

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