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Obama's immigration announcement has Ohio activists “pleased but guarded"
Local Hispanics are happy with the announcement but still want more protections
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One local Hispanic man who came the country illegally two decades ago says he’s pleased but guarded about this morning’s (Friday’s) immigration announcement by the president.

Mr. Obama said the federal government will no longer pursue deportation of people who brought here before the age of 16 and who don’t pose a security risk. Marco Saavedra says he and other activists want a wider-reaching executive order.

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“Something that would cover all students that would qualify for the D.R.E.A.M. Act and say that they would not be at risk of deportation and wouldn’t allow it to be under the jurisdiction of Immigration and Enforcement local officials.

Saavedra says being an undocumented immigrant affects nearly every part of his life, including holding a job, attending college, and trying to obtain health care.

Local Hispanic activists are celebrating this morning’s (Friday’s) immigration announcement, but say they still want more protections.

President Obama said today (Friday) that the federal government will no longer seek deportation of immigrants who were brought here as children and don’t pose any kind of security risk. Marco Saavedra (suh-VEDRA) is an organizer with Undocumented Ohio, which works to help undocumented immigrants. He was pleased about today’s announcement. But, he says…

“For the moment we’re still guarded just because we’ve seen similar announcements in the past and have been very much so let down.”

Saavedra says he himself could be affected by the policy change since he’s under the age of 30, was brought here before the age of 16, and does not have a criminal history.

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