‘Occupy’ protests send police shopping for wearable cop cams


Law enforcement warms up to body-worn video cameras in the field, but some are hesitant to trust the cloud to store footage

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In his lengthy career with the Oakland Police Department, Steve Lovell encountered plenty of cases where in-field videofootage could have come in handy.

“I’ve worked a lot of protests in my 20-year career, and all too often, the protesters were videotaping us but we weren’t videotaping them,” Lovell, now managing director for body-worn video provider Vievu, says. “They were throwing rocks at us and we didn’t do anything to pick up the evidence or record that the evidence happened. We were just saying that it was happening.”

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Now, with protests from the Occupy Wall Street movement causing ripple effects across the country, Vievu is seeing a spike in requests for its wearable video cameras, Lovell says.

The Seattle-based company’s devices and the accompanying software, Veripatrol, are currently deployed in 2,000 agencies in eight different countries. The cameras are developed according to standards set by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and are designed to capture activity within a 71-degree field of vision. The cameras, which clip onto the shirt, are designed to be so unobtrusive that officers don’t even know they’re wearing them.

The three-inch by two-inch by 0.75-inch camera weighs about 3.5 ounces, making it roughly twice the size and weight of an iPod Nano. With 4GB of storage, Vievu estimates that the cameras can capture up to four hours of video, which is compressed in the MPEG-4 file format and made compatible for Windows versions XP through 7.

Security police at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center have been wearing Vievu’s cameras for about a year and a half, says Larry Kerley, support operations commander for security contractor Chenega Security and Support Solutions at the center. The cameras have proven valuable enough to warrant the purchase of additional devices, Kerley says, which will bring the total to 21 in use at the station.

Kerley says the cameras have been especially helpful in resolving complaints against his officers. The only problem he’s encountered with the cameras involves how the officers wear them.

“The main problem is I have to educate them on which way to put the camera on because I get tired of turning my monitor upside down when they put it on upside down,” Kerley says.

The power of video to settle misconduct disputes or provide convincing evidence in important cases has prompted a call for wider use of the technology. A 2011 study on video evidence conducted by the University of Central Florida concluded that “body-worn cameras should be standard equipment for all officers in units that have high instances of citizen contact and self-initiated calls.”

Subhead: Hard sell However, convincing police agencies to use body-worn cameras hasn’t always been easy, Lovell says. Five years ago, when the company was founded, Lovell says Vievu had to convince skeptics who weren’t nearly as familiar with cellphone video cameras as they are today.

To this day, regulations make the process difficult. Vievu has on more than one occasion seen customers denied the right to use the cameras even after having already purchased them, Lovell says. Those “dated” laws are beginning to change across the country, Lovell says, making it easier to sell their flagship product.

Last week, the company released its new cloud-based video storage service. Even though many police agencies are clamoring for a cloud system to reduce costs, some are reluctant to trust a private company’s cloud as a virtual evidence room for data that is essential to their high-profile cases and, in the event of police misconduct allegations, the well-being of their officers.

Kerley, for example, is adamant about retaining direct control over the video evidence produced on his officers’ cameras, and says he trusts the external hard drive on which he stores evidence more than a cloud solution offered by Vievu or anyone else.

“I just have this situation where I know who has access to mine,” Kerley says. “If it’s out there someplace else, I don’t know who has access to it.”

Lovell says Vievu has had the cloud in mind since it first began working on its Veripatrol software in 2009, once again adhering to IACP standards for video management and distribution. In discussions with its customer base, Vievu found that data isolation and security were two of the top concerns associated with using a cloud storage service.

The company selected Amazon’s cloud, which Lovell says was chosen based on its certificates and accreditation, and employed the 256-bit advanced encryption standard to ensure security. The files will be subjected to a full sweep and protected with a digital signature. Video content can be viewed and copied by those given permission, but can only be deleted by the administrator designated by each agency.

Mike Fergus, a program manager in the technology center at the IACP who has decades of experience working with video evidence, says cloud storage “is certainly the trend going forward” and even cites cases where those managing evidence “love the system.”

However, he says some important details still need to be ironed out.

One is the disconnect between the expectations of the legal side and the practices of IT professionals tasked with managing their electronic data. Lovell says in most cases, “administrators are typically IT professionals,” and that Vievu has seen “a real big uptick lately in some of the mid-sized agencies with third-party consulting IT services.” This can cause problems because, as Fergus points out, “video files tend to be very large, and IT people don’t like large [files], they like small,” and often tend to compress video files to save costs on storage.

“The problem with that is, when you compress them, you’re throwing away bits of information in those files, and you can never recover it,” Fergus says. “Once it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Another problem involves budgeting, Fergus says. Vievu’s website advertises its latest camera for $899.95, while its cloud service costs $10 per month per device. In many cases, police agencies are given federal grant money to purchase a new set of body-worn cameras, and if they don’t take the monthly subscription fee into account when applying for that grant, they can easily fall short.

“When that federal grant money is gone, if you can’t pay that subscription fee, who owns all of your evidence?” Fergus says.

Indeed, ownership and access to information can cause jurisdictional headaches as well. If state or federal investigators need access to video evidence captured by a local police officer, they may need to apply for warrants or file other formal requests dictated by strict regulations on access to information, Fergus says. This isn’t the fault of the developers behind these cloud services, Fergus says, “it’s just that sometimes there are skeptical city attorneys or purchasing agents who are very uneasy about letting evidence get outside of control of the agency.”

Overall, the outlook for the cloud in the law enforcement sector is improving, Fergus says. Security, for example, has long been a point of concern for cloud skeptics in any organization that manages sensitive data. He pointed to the police department in Cincinnati, which hosts data created by electronic license plate readers for about 80 agencies across three states. An analysis of the private cloud solution that manages this data found that it “had much higher security standards than the city government did,” Fergus says.

Several organizations aim to help usher the law enforcement world into the information age, including the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association and the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology. The IACP does its part, too, sending experts like Fergus around to give training on everything from device use to digital records management practices, capping it all off with the annual Law Enforcement Information Management training conference.

“Once agencies see somebody else has done it and has worked through a lot of the issues and the problems, there’s sort of a template to follow and other agencies are more comfortable to follow,” he says. “It’s being the first one out there on untested ground that always makes people nervous.”


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The Masonic Symbols of the Grand Lodge of Philadelphia

As I mentioned in my last article in this Philadelphia series about my trek to , on my way there I came across the Grand Lodge of Philadelphia and the impressive masonic symbols scattered throughout the architectural masterpiece.

While I had to divert my attention on that first day so that I could make sure to get into City Hall before dark, on my way back I was able to capture a number of nice snapshots of the Masonic lodge.

It was after-hours (after 5pm, nearly everything closes in Philly), but I was still able to capture some clear images of this building, which would later help me in verifying some of the history that I’d already collected about the Masonic history of this building and its members.

What I would like to share with you in this update is a lineage and history that even many residents of Philadelphia (or America for that matter) realize about the members of this secret society, many of whom were the very founding fathers of the nation. Of course, for those that have studied masonic history in America, it is no secret that the country and its Constitution were very much influenced by masonic – or Illuminati – principles.

The Spread of Illuminati in America

Why do I use the terms masonic and Illuminati interchangeably? Because, ultimately the mystic principles that masonic members incorporated into their society and its writings were very much drawn from the writings of Adam Weishaupt – the founder of the Perfectibilists, or the “Illuminati”.

All that came after that – the spread of those principles and the integration of freemasonry in Europe with Weishaupt’s society, as well as its – those all predicated the spread of the same principles and ideals in America.

After , who I consider one of the foremost historians on the early history of the Illuminati, and after reviewing his book “Perfectibilists”, I wanted to continue my Illuminati research by tracing the history documented and evidence by Terry in his book, to the actions and developments taking place in America within the time frame.

It is little secret that many of the founding fathers were part of the Masonic society, but what many people don’t realize is that the Masonic writings and practices represented the spread of Weishaupt’s Illuminati ideals in America.

What does this have to do with the masonic symbols and the history of the Grand Lodge of Philadelphia? We’ll get there, my friends. But first, let’s start a few years before the construction of the Lodge, which took place in 1867. (6)


Adam Lambert Follows The Illuminati (@TheIlluminati) on Twitter

The illuminati


About them:Look to the light. FOLLOW the light.

The Illuminati was a secret society in the 18th century that ceases to exist today. It was a group that was thought to manipulate political movements to their own benefit.

Huge celebs like Jay-Z and Beyonce are thought to be a part of the present day Illuminati because it’s a membership that is private and wealthy, which leads to suspicion regarding their motives and methods.

Adam follows the Illuminati on Twitter. Did Adam sell his soul to make him rich and famous? Who knows. But we don’t trust an account that follows ZERO people.


Alex Jones has a problem – global elite belief in extraterrestrial …

Alex Jones InfowarsAlex Jones, founder of the popular Infowars website, has a problem. He personally believes that extraterrestrial life exists somewhere out there, but does not believe that proof has been found that off world aliens are real. In that sense he follows a very conventional script, yet Jones is very interested in a select group of individuals that do strongly believe in extraterrestrial life. That is the “Illuminati” or global elite, or international banking families, intent on controlling and enslaving humanity according to Jones. Jones has gone on the public record with his research findings that not only are the Illuminati “true believers” in extraterrestrial life, but they have established a secret religion where they view themselves as the descendents of ancient astronauts that visited Earth, and even created human life.

In a recent video review of the movie Prometheus where Jones addressed Illuminati beliefs in extraterrestrial creators, he was hit by an avalanche of criticisms from viewers that he had become a “true believer” in alien life. Jones felt compelled to issue a second video pointing out that he was not a true believer in extraterrestrials, but was interested in exposing the belief system of the Illuminati who are true believers. Jones problem is that he is fast discovering that the analysis of those secretly controlling international politics and finances cannot be neatly separated from evidence and beliefs of those convinced that extraterrestrials have visited and even live among us! Jones problem is that he needs to walk through the door of exopolitics – a relatively unknown field of study into the political implications of extraterrestrial life – without antagonizing his large support base and being dismissed as a naïve true believer.

Alex Jones got his hands on an early script of Prometheus and produced a video claiming the “ideas presented in Prometheus are at the core of Western secret societies” The core concept in these secret societies or “Illuminati” belief system, according to Jones, is that humanity was created by a group of extraterrestrial visitors called ‘gods’ by the ancients, and global elites are the direct descendents of these creator ‘gods’. Jones goes on to claim: “Every major globalist we look at going back more than 160 years is completely and totally obsessed with the idea that off world aliens are controlling this planet and giving them hidden knowledge.” Jones concluded:

After his video review was released, Jones received an avalanche of protests from readers claiming that he had been paid off to promote Prometheus, and had become a true believer in extraterrestrial life. In a follow-up video Jones tried to set the record straight. He said:

Jones concludes: “This is a film about the origins of humanity, where aliens create humanity and are coming to now take us to the next level of evolution which the elite believe.”

Is Jones correct that the global elite have a belief in extraterrestrial life that amounts to a quasi-religious system that they use to justify global policies which they secretly influence and manipulate? There is in fact abundant whistleblower testimony in support of Jones’ conclusion.

Cathy O’Brien, author of Trance-Formation of America (1995) was one of the first to blow the whistle on the global elite’s belief in extraterrestrial life. O’Brien’s book reveals that she was trained as a “Presidential model” where she claims to have been mind controlled to perform sexual and other favors for some of the world’s most powerful politicians. She reveals that these powerful politicians have a strange quasi-religious belief in extraterrestrial life. While O’Brien herself did not claim to see evidence that extraterrestrials were real, she saw many rituals and events where powerful politicians dressed or tried to make her believe that they were descendents of alien beings. She wrote about one case involving the President of Mexico at the time, Miguel De La Madrid and President George Bush, Snr, who both tried to convince her that they were shape shifting aliens using what she thought was holographic technology:

Another source revealing the extraterrestrial belief system of the global elite emerged in October 2008, An individual calling himself/herself the Hidden Hand participated in an online dialogue on the popular Above Top Secret forum, and wrote:

As the Hidden Hand makes clear, the ruling bloodline families, the Illuminati, see themselves as descendents of off world beings that came to earth in antiquity.

There is another source concerning a recent Bilderberg Group meeting that again supports the extraterrestrial global elite connection. A former hotel employee, Mr B, described what happened when he entered a room where a Bilderberg meeting was occurring to deliver a message.

Mr B claimed upon entering he saw around 24 people seated around a large rectangular table. They were speaking in a cacophony of sounds, none of which was intelligible. It didn’t sound like any language Mr B had ever heard before. Mr B couldn’t see any faces among those seated around the table. He could see their physical bodies in suits, etc., but the faces were hazy due to some kind of mist or fog. Mr B reported that there was an intense energy field pervading the room – it was definitely very unusual and felt otherworldly. Mr B felt resentment being projected towards him over his unwelcome presence. He was directed towards the person to whom he had to deliver the message. Mr B delivered the message and promptly left the room. He was unaware of the message’s contents. Soon after leaving the room, Mr B experienced a massive headache, which lasted several days and he had to take time off.

Mr B’s experience suggests that an element within the Bilderberg group may be in touch with and/or controlled by an other worldly/extraterrestrial force. Again, this supports Alex Jones contention that the global elite firmly believe they are descendents of extraterrestrials.

Jones problem clearly emerges here. Can one analyze the belief system of the global elite/Illuminati without being criticized by a general public that is deeply skeptical about the existence of extraterrestrial life? Jones solution is to separate his own personal beliefs from those of the global elite. Yet how can this be done without considering a vast database of evidence concerning UFOs and extraterrestrial life?

It is a fact that some of the world’s most powerful men and women believe they are the descendents of extraterrestrials that played a role in the genetic engineering of humanity. Is this a fanciful belief system designed to augment the egos of global elites and intimidate subordinates, or is there some substance to these beliefs? Jones appears to favor the former position for the moment, but knows he can’t close off the possibility of the latter. The door of exopolitics that has appeared at this stage in Jones research into the global control system will inevitably introduce his Infowars audience to a strange new universe.

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UFO Abductions In The Czech Republic : Exopolitics and Project Alfa

UFO Abductions In The Czech Republic : Exopolitics and Project Alfa

Down below presentation was held by Karel Rasin, coordinator of Exopolitics Czech Republic, at the 1st UFO congress in Prague, May 12, 2012


Mexico’s president praises Obama’s immigration shift

Los Cabos, Mexico (CNN) — President Barack Obama received praise Monday from Mexico’s president for the decision last week to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants.

After the two leaders met one-on-one before the start of the G-20 summit in Los Cabos, President Felipe Calderon thanked Obama for what he called an “unprecedented” move in halting the deportations.

“We believe this is very just,” Calderon said, according to an interpreter, adding: “Thank you for the valor and courage that you had in implementing this action. I’m sure many, many families in the United States thank you as well.”

Obama made no new comment on the election-year policy change announced Friday that prompted immediate praise from Latino leaders who have criticized Congress and the White House for inaction on immigration reform.

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Republicans have reacted with outrage, saying the move amounts to amnesty — a negative buzz word among conservatives — and usurps congressional authority.

In announcing the change in the White House Rose Garden, Obama said it will make immigration policy “more fair, more efficient and more just.”

“This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix,” Obama said to take on conservative criticism of the step. “This is a temporary stopgap measure.”

Noting children of illegal immigrants “study in our schools, play in our neighborhoods, befriend our kids, pledge allegiance to our flag,” Obama said, “it makes no sense to expel talented young people who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans.”

Under the 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, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

It also will allow those meeting the requirements to apply for work permits, Napolitano said, adding that participants must be in the United States now and be able to prove they have been living in the country continuously for at least five years.

The change is part of a department effort to target resources at illegal immigrants who pose a greater threat, such as criminals and those trying to enter the country now, Napolitano said, adding it was “well within the framework of existing laws.”

The move addresses a major concern of the Hispanic community and mimics some of the provisions of a Democratic proposal called the DREAM Act that has failed to win enough Republican support to gain congressional approval.

Obama has been criticized by Hispanic-American leaders for an overall increase in deportations of illegal aliens in recent years. Last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed 396,906 illegal immigrants, the largest number in the agency’s history.

Friday’s policy change is expected to potentially affect 800,000 people, an administration official told CNN on background. Others put the figure at potentially more than 1 million people.

Hispanics make up the fastest-growing immigrant population in the country, and the Latino vote is considered a crucial bloc for the November presidential election.

Democrats, however, rejected Republican claims that the move was political. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who sponsored the DREAM Act, noted that Obama repeatedly called for Congress to pass immigration reform legislation, including the DREAM Act. The president acted only after it became clear no progress would come in this Congress, Durbin said.

CNN’s Tom Cohen contributed to this report.

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    Anyone care about middle class?

    James Carville speculates: What if it had been the rich that lost 40% of their wealth? The outcry would be deafening.

    Editor’s note: James Carville is a Democratic strategist who serves as a political contributor for CNN, appearing frequently on “The Situation Room” as well as other programs on all CNN networks. He and Stan Greenberg are the co-authors of “It’s the Middle Class Stupid” to be published in July by Penguin Press.

    (CNN) — Let’s imagine that yesterday there was a front page story in The New York Times that read the following:

    “The recent economic crisis left the top 1% of Americans in 2010 with no more wealth than in the early 1990s, erasing almost two decades of accumulated prosperity, the Federal Reserve said Monday.”

    “A hypothetical family richer than the median net worth of the top 1% of the nation’s families had a net worth of $77.3 million in 2010, compared with $126.4 million in 2007, the Fed said. The crash of the stock market, in addition to the collapse of housing prices in Greenwich, Connecticut, the Upper East Side of New York City, Beverly Hills, Highland Park in Dallas and the North Shore of Chicago, directly accounted for three-quarters of the loss.”

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    What do you think the reaction would be to that?

    The elite would call for the suspension of habeas corpus, the government would call out the National Guard, invade Honduras and the Supreme Court would announce that it is in session 24/7 to take any action deemed necessary to help their friends.

    MYB: Family net worth drops nearly 40%

    The Wall Street Journal would have a black border on the newspaper. The Financial Times would go from pink to gray. CNBC would play funeral music for nine months. Steve Schwarzman would compare it to the H-word. Cable networks would roadblock all coverage.

    Minimum wage laws would be suspended, the 40-hour work week would be thrown out, perhaps they would even do away with child labor laws to get productivity up so profits could increase to make up for lost revenue.

    OK, we know that story did not appear in Wednesday’s New York Times, and we would certainly agree that a massive loss of wealth in the top 1% would wreak economic havoc on the country. But there was, if anything, a worse story on that front page with only minor variations from our hypothetical scenario.

    The story said that the recent economic crisis left the average American family in 2010 with no more wealth than in the early 1990s, erasing almost two decades of accumulated prosperity, reducing their net worth by almost 40%.

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    And the response of the national elite, the people Paul Krugman refers to as “very smart people” or I like to call the “chin-scratchers,” was a barely audible whimper.

    To put it bluntly, the middle class in this country has been screwed, blued and tattooed.

    Rising health care costs, job insecurity, declining real estate values, massive cuts to public education and public safety (no Mitt, we don’t need fewer police officers, we actually need more of them and yes, the federal government has a large hand in this.)

    It is a depressing state of affairs when about two-thirds of our fellow citizens are caught in an economic trap that is wrecking their lives financially and emotionally.

    And the reaction to all of this has been limp at best.

    The Republicans say that if we just give the rich more tax cuts, it will make everyone’s life better — seems as though we’ve tried this before, doesn’t it?

    The Democrats have done some things that have been helpful, such as payroll tax cuts and the Affordable Care Act, but there is much more work to be done. As far as other institutions around the country, the response has been pathetic.

    Opinion: Why the middle class has taken a big hit

    There is an entire industry devoted to denying that this is even a problem.

    I read a piece written by Andy Kessler in The Wall Street Journal, stating that thanks to “consumption equality,” the wealthy work their 60- to 80-hour weeks inventing things for the masses, but there’s not much they can buy with their money that the middle class can’t afford.

    You can only afford a product, because some rich person invented it for the masses, just like they did with smartphones, hard drives and affordable air travel.

    Who cares if you can’t afford to send your children to college or pay for your health insurance premium or what you owe on your house is more than what it’s worth? Hey, you can buy them a cell phone, now that they don’t cost $4,000, and talk to them as they stand in line for a job interview at McDonald’s.

    Where are our nation’s institutions that should be raising holy hell about this? Lets start with my own Catholic Church: They are spending all of their time hunting down masturbators and birth-control takers.

    Academics: Have you ever heard of the Princeton Center for Middle Class Studies? Not hardly.

    The press: There is much more coverage on George Zimmerman’s wife than on the destruction of the middle class in this country.

    The lobbyists: Give me a break. When was the last time you heard of a lobbyist for the middle class? The point here is that we are reading the most significant economic story of our time and its effect on the psyche of the people who should know better is minimal.

    In the words of Warren Buffett, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

    The big scandal in America is that our middle class is shrinking, and no one seems to care. Maybe someone somewhere somehow should consider doing something else.

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    Joy, skepticism at immigration policy shift

    A coalition of immigrant groups and their supporters march across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York in July 2010.

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    (CNN) — Jose Luis Zelaya shed tears of joy Friday morning.

    “It’s just insane,” the graduate student at Texas AM University said. “I’ve been working on this for six years. It is just overwhelming.”

    Zelaya was electrified by news that the Obama administration will stop deporting illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

    Zelaya came to the United States illegally from Honduras at age 14 to find his mother, who was already in the country, he said.

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    18-year-old fights to stay in U.S.

    Without the change announced Friday, he couldn’t get a job to help pay for school; Zelaya, 25, is pursuing a master’s degree in education with hopes of earning a doctorate and teaching middle school. He also wouldn’t be able to consider job offers that presented themselves afterward. The uncertainty over what loomed after graduation spooked him.

    “Now, maybe I will be able to work without being afraid that someone may deport me,” he said. “There is no fear anymore.”

    Immigration shift sparks reaction from both sides

    News of the change raced across the country, buoying the spirits of immigrants and immigrant advocates who have campaigned for such a change for more than 10 years.

    “I’m definitely speechless,” said Pedro Ramirez, a recent graduate of Fresno State University who was student body president when he admitted that he was in the country illegally.

    “It gives us a chance to show the American people that we’re not here to use your tax dollars; we’re not here to take your jobs; we’re here to contribute,” he said.

    Not everyone viewed the change with such enthusiasm.

    “This is a classic Barack Obama move of choosing politics over leadership,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said on Twitter. “This decision avoids dealing with Congress and the American people instead of fixing a broken immigration system once and for all.”

    Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said the decision would invite fraud and hurt unemployed Americans.

    “President Obama’s decision to grant amnesty to potentially millions of illegal immigrants is a breach of faith with the American people,” said Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

    Read Napolitano’s memo here (PDF)

    Under the new directives, those who were brought into the country illegally before the age of 16 and are not criminals, among other requirements, are eligible to receive deferred action for two years, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.

    “It’s a step in the right direction,” Ramirez said, though he characterized it as a “Band-Aid deal.”

    “It’s not the solution; it’s a temporary fix. But it implements part of the key focal points of the DREAM Act,” he said.

    The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors — or DREAM — Act, would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children under the age of 16 and have lived in the United States for at least five years, obtained a high school or General Education Development diploma, and demonstrated “good moral character,” the White House said.

    Efforts to pass the DREAM Act in Congress have failed.

    Laura Vazquez, spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza, said the Obama administration is within its authority to enforce the change.

    “This is a legitimate use of the tools that the administration has to focus on their immigration enforcement resources,” she said. “In light of the congressional inaction on immigration reform, this is the right step for the administration to take at this time.”

    Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform said the policy is politically motivated and misguided.

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    “They’re going to throw 830,000 people into an already dismal work environment,” he said, referring to estimates of the number of people who could become eligible to apply for work authorization under the new policy.

    Mehlman said the law also disregards the authority of Congress.

    “The president is basically announcing amnesty without authority from Congress,” he said.

    “This is what they need to rally a certain part of their base, but it’s going to come at the expense of a lot of other people who say this is bad policy and a usurpation of the authority of the legislative branch of Congress,” he said.

    In Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his tough anti-illegal immigration stance, said that politics is behind the policy action.

    “Why now? Why not let Congress decide next year on this issue and on all the illegal immigration problems we have?” he said.

    Arpaio said he will abide by the directive, but added he will continue to enforce state laws as he sees fit.

    “We’re going to continue enforcing these illegal immigration laws, including the state laws,” he said.

    The new immigration directive could also help resolve immigration snafus that that system has created.

    Elizabeth Olivas nearly missed her graduation and salutatorian speech because she was caught in one such mix-up.

    An undocumented immigrant who was brought to the United States by her parents when she was 4, Olivas traveled to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, last month to beat a deadline to apply for a visa.

    But because of a miscalculation, she missed a deadline and risked being barred from the United States for three years. It took a waiver to allow her to return to the United States, where her father is a naturalized citizen.

    Her attorney, Sarah Moshe, said those who have grown up in the United States after entering illegally did so without intent to violate the law.

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    “It’s not the end of the road, but it is great news,” she said of the administration’s announcement. “It will allow them to live without the fear looming over their head that they can be sent to their home country at any moment.”

    In downtown Los Angeles, about 150 young demonstrators — many of them undocumented immigrants — rallied in front of the federal immigration office Friday and exalted over the news from Washington.

    Some shed tears of joy and chanted, “undocumented, unafraid!”

    Demonstrators then symbolically blocked a freeway on-ramp and next obstructed Aliso Street for about an hour to halt the movement of a fleet of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement vans and buses, which are typically used to haul away illegal immigrants to the border for deportation.

    Protestors then broke up peacefully.

    Protest organizer Neidi Dominguez asserted that “there’s so many undocumented youth graduating from UCLA, Harvard, Stanford” and the executive order will ensure “that they are going to be able to use their degree and work.

    “It’s a night and day change, and there’s hope,” Dominguez said.

    Alex Chavez, 20, a senior at California State University Fresno, drove four hours to downtown Los Angeles early Friday to participate in the “historic moment,” he said.

    “I was brought here at the age of 3 (from Mexico) and was raised in Tulare, California. I grew up here, this is my country and I have no intention of going back,” Chavez said. “I want to come here and contribute, to be a teacher, educating young minds. That’s what I plan to do for the rest of my life.”

    Photos: Putting a face on the immigration debate

    CNN’s Jaqueline Hurtado, Paul Vercammen, Michael Martinez, Stan Austin, Nick Valencia, Melissa Abbey and Michael Pearson contributed to this report.

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