Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday that if elected president he would take executive action to allow undocumented immigrants who’ve been in the United States for at least five years to stay in the country without fear of being deported. The pledge, which Sanders said could allow close to 9 million people to seek “deferred action,” was included in a wide-ranging plan that he said would lead to a “human and secure immigration policy.” Sanders also said he would work with Congress to develop a permanent pathway to citizenship for the nation's undocumented immigrants. He said "aspiring Americans" should be able to navigate the pathway within five years and without financial penalties that are too onerous.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.