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Missourians React To Obama Immigration Policy Announcement

Jun 18, 2012

President Obama surprised the country on Friday by unveiling a new immigration policy

Under the new plan, people younger than 30 who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military can get a two-year deferral from deportation.

It's another half-step in the ongoing immigration debate in this country. The president said the new policy was "not amnesty, not immunity...and not a path to citizenship." It's also "not a permanent fix," Obama said.

Still, the news was greeted with great excitement in some parts of the country and criticism from Republicans who called it "unlawful" and "unconstitutional."

In the second half of Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Missouri State Senator Scott Rupp and Myrna Orozco, a 22-year-old and illegal immigrant originally from Mexico who will be affected by this new policy.