BOISE - President Obama announced Friday afternoon many young illegal immigrants will no longer have to worry about being deported. In his speech, he said people under the age of 30 who were brought to the country as kids, have no criminal history, and are high school graduates or enrolled in college won't face deportation.
This is causing a stir with Idaho Lawmakers.
President Obama says this new action is not amnesty, immunity, a path to citizenship, or a permanent fix.
"Effective immediately, the department of homeland security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people," said President Obama.
"These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they're friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag."
President Obama wants to give those young people, illegal immigrants, two years of freedom from the fear of deportation.
"For those families it will allow them to have a source of comfort that they don't have to be looking over their shoulder," said Boise immigration attorney Maria Andrade.
Maria Andrade has practiced immigration law in Idaho for more than 10 years.
She says her young clients are not responsible for being in the country illegally because of their age. Andrade believes Obama's action could help them. "I think it will provide a lot more stability, opportunity for economic advancement, and integration in a formal way into society."
Andrade says the number one motivation for coming to America from Mexico is economic opportunity, the second is escaping the violence.
Governor Otter calls this action "typical Obama pandering."
"This does not solve the border problem and what we've gotta do is solve the border problem," said Governor Otter
Idaho's Congressional delegation agrees with Otter.
Senator Jim Risch's statement:
"As a former prosecuting attorney, I do not believe in rewarding people for breaking the law. The proper place to determine what should be done with those who have entered our country illegally is with Congress. The administration’s role is to uphold the laws of our country."
Statement from Senator Mike Crapo
"We now have a back-door action by the President affecting a small piece of an overall immigration issue. Piecemeal and immigration changes by enforcement orders rather than a basis in law, could actually contribute to more confusion for all. That's why congress should go with comprehensive policy reform. Otherwise, we could see a lot of litigation, something that helps no one."
Otter said he voted for more boots on the ground on the border, and for the border fence. He is in favor of closing the border.
"The first thing I believe that you've gotta do is you've gotta shut down that border so that you don't have those folks coming across illegally," Otter said.
Governor Otter wants young illegal immigrants sent back to their home country, so they'll have to go through the legal immigration process.