President Obama's bombshell executive order to ease deportation laws and allow some young, undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States and apply for work permits could play a strong role in the upcoming presidential election.
The lives of some 800,000 young immigrants were immediately changed by the new law, which allows them to avoid
deportation, at least for the time being.
Undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 who were brought to the U.S. before the age of 16 and have lived here for at least five continuous years are now eligible to apply for a two-year work permit that can be renewed an indefinite number of times, as long as they adhere to certain standards (they cannot have a criminal record or constitute a threat to national security, and must be current students, high school graduates or have served in the military).
But the new law could also affect the outcome of the race for the White House, which is less than 150 days away, though Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has denied that it has anything to do with Obama's reelection campaign.