Hispanic leaders and advocates for immigrants are praising President Obama for the administration’s decision to keep illegal youth out of deportation proceedings. However, Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and others accuse the president of backtracking on immigration reform and imposing “backdoor amnesty.”

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, says he and other leaders applaud the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision on Thursday to review the nearly 300,000 cases currently pending before the immigration court and prioritize cases based on those convicted of serious crimes and/or are national security risks.

The soon-to-be-developed guidelines will consider a person’s ties and contributions to the community, family relationships and military service record to determine who can qualify as low-risk illegal immigrant. Low-priority cases will be kept “out of the deportation pipeline” according to the White House.

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