Cynicism at Obama’s election-year move aside, what gives me hope for real reform is the energy of the migrant rights campaign • Dream Act dreamers: join the Guardian’s dream catcher project In a major announcement Friday 15 June, the Obama administration declared it will stop deporting eligible undocumented youth and grant them work permits . I was immediately elated to hear the news that could change the lives of family members, friends, and thousands of young people who face the threat of deportation every day. Yet, as the initial shock wears off, I can’t ignore a rising sense of skepticism in response to the president’s nakedly political move in an election year. Nor can I ignore his record so far. While the policy change announced Friday raises several questions, what remains unequivocally clear is that the undocumented youth movement is making history in the United States.