The Obama Administration will stop deporting and issue work permits to as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have never committed a crime, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Friday.

Napolitano said the change is needed to ensure enforcement resources are not expended on "low-priority cases" and are instead focused on people who "meet enforcement priorities." But the move angered Republicans, who viewed it as an overreach by the administration on a matter that should be addressed legislatively.

"Today, I am announcing that effective immediately, young people brought to U.S. by no fault of their own and meet several criteria no longer are removed from country or entered into removal proceedings," Napolitano said in a conference call with reporters.

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