UPDATE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE: President Obama will make remarks in the Rose Garden about the immigration announcement at 1:15p.
Washington (CNN) - In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.
The new policy will cover people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military, the Department of Homeland Security announced.
It also will allow those meeting the requirements to apply for work permits, the statement said. The initial deferral of deportation will be for two years, and participants must be in the United States now and be able to prove they have been living in the country continuously for at least five years.
President Barack Obama will make a White House statement about the policy change Friday afternoon.
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(CNN) - President Barack Obama used a pair of fund-raisers in New York Thursday to further the message he laid out in a speech earlier in the day in Ohio, painting the November election as a choice between two starkly different visions for the United States.
"What we're going to have to do is present the choice," Obama told a group of supporters at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, according to a pool report. "You're the tie-breaker, you're the ultimate arbiter."
Obama warned, as he did in Ohio, that Mitt Romney and Republicans will largely blame him for the current economy and say it's "the other guy's fault."
"It's an elegant message. It happens to be wrong, but it's crisp. You can fit it on a bumper sticker," Obama said, noting the GOP will spend "$500 million" on ads.
The president delivered a similar message of caution during the speech in Ohio, the battleground state he and Romney visited on the same day.
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President Obama wraps up his week with a relatively light schedule on tap. He’ll have lunch off-campus somewhere with winners of a campaign contest. (It will be his second off-campus lunch this week!) Then the main event for Friday is a late-afternoon reception in the East Room for LGBT Pride Month. He gave a campaign speech last Wednesday in Los Angeles at a LGBT fundraiser. “I could not be prouder of the work that we’ve done on behalf of the LGBT community,” Obama said last week. “The fight for equality and justice on behalf of the LGBT community is just part of a broader fight on behalf of all Americans. It’s part of our history of trying to make this Union a little bit more perfect.” We should expect similar language as he makes remarks at 5:10p.
Beyond that, he’ll leave this evening for a weekend in Chicago (his third trip there in the last month.) The whole family is going with him this time where they will spend the weekend at their house. He’ll have no public events on his schedule for the weekend but Valerie Jarrett’s daughter is getting married on Saturday a few blocks from his house.
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