Denver Immigrants, Activists Hail Obama’s Address

November 21, 2014 4:22 AM

Denver Immigrants, Activists Hail Obama’s Address
" DENVER (CBS4) - About 64,000 illegal immigrants living in Colorado will be affected by President Barack Obama’s controversial plan that will dramatically alter the nation’s immigration system.

In a live primetime address to the nation, Obama unveiled a process that would allow nearly 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States to stay as long as they register, pass background checks and pay taxes.

Qualifying immigrants must have children who were born in the country, are lawful permanent residents, or were brought into the country illegally before Jan. 1, 2010, and have lived here for at least five years. There are more than 90,000 immigrants living in Colorado who will not be shielded by Obama’s change in policy.

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In Denver, immigration activists hailed the address.

Hundreds viewed the president’s address at watch parties across the metro area Thursday night.

“Up until tonight we were seeing a system that was deporting 1,100 people every day, and we had children who were, frankly, afraid to go home from school because they were fearful their parents wouldn’t be there. Today that is changing,” said Patty Kupfer of America’s Voice, an immigrants rights group "

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