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Missourians React To Obama Immigration Policy Announcement

Pete Souza
Official White House Photo

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.


Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at <a href="mailto:Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org">Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org</a>.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.