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Immigration
5:20 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Ala. Homeland Security Dir. Weighs In On Deferred Action Immigration Policy

A women protesting Alabama's HB-56 immigration law at a rally.
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Beginning today, undocumented immigrants under the age of 31 can apply for so-called "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals."

The program is designed to allow migrants to live and work in the U-S openly without fear of deportation.

State Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier says this will create a bureaucratic hurdle for Alabama law enforcement and businesses. Collier says since the policy change potentially could apply to anyone between 16 and 30 years of age, this new layer encompasses a substantial portion of the undocumented alien population.