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Napolitano: SB 1070 ruling won't impact youth deportation halt

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday that the Supreme Court decision on SB 1070 "will not impact" the move to stop deporting young people brought to the United States as children.

"Today's Supreme Court decision will not impact the memorandum I issued on June 15th related to prosecutorial discretion eligibility for productive members of society who were brought to the United States as children," she said in a brief statement.

That decision by the Obama administration essentially implemented many of the provisions of the DREAM Act.

Those who are free of criminal records and have pursued an education now can expect any potential deportation actions to be deferred up to two years, and that action can be renewed. The young people who meet the criteria also can apply for work permits.

President Obama, speaking the day the policy was announced, said the rules would be in place to "lift the shadow of deportation from these young people."

Monday, Napolitano said the Supreme Court decision to uphold part of SB 1070 "will make DHS' work more challenging."

Without providing detail, she said Homeland Security will "implement operational enhancements to its programs in Arizona to ensure that the agency can remain focused on its priorities."

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano.