Timeline: President Obama's presidency

A look back through President Barack Obama's presidency as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Obama issues executive order to stop deportation of

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June 15, 2012

Obama issues executive order to stop deportation of children of illegal immigrants

President Obama used his executive power to ease enforcement of national immigration laws which penalize the children who were illegally brought to the United States by their parents. Obama said this would "lift the shadow of deportation from these young people." The issue of this executive order was criticized as being a way for the president to bypass Congress in order to get parts of his "DREAM Act" enacted, legislation that would have given young illegal immigrants who went to college or served in the military a pathway to citizenship. "These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they're friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper," Obama said. Ten days later, the Supreme Court rejected parts of Arizona's controversial "show me your papers" immigration law. (June 16, 2012)

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