Last Friday, President Obama issued an executive order to stop the deportation of certain young undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children. Under this new policy, 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 can get a two-year deferral from deportation. It will also allow these people - estimated at around 800,00 - to apply for work permits. Why did he issue an executive order? Because if he relied on Congress to craft and pass any version of the DREAM Act - proposed legislation that would have granted similar steps to staying in the country for the children of undocumented immigrants - he'd be waiting approximately forever. These young people came here with their parents as young children, with no criminal intent, learned English, grew up with U.S. culture, and graduated from U.S. high schools. The only country they know is the U.S., and sending them back en masse is not fair to them, nor to the country that gave them the dreams and skills they have today.