"Instead of allowing local police to arrest people simply for being in the United States illegally, the Obama administration has now established categories of illegal aliens who are a 'priority for arrest and detention.'
Those priorities include aliens convicted of or arrested for major crimes, including drug offenses and murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and kidnapping; aliens convicted of or arrested for minor drug offenses and property crimes such as burglary, larceny, fraud, and money laundering; and aliens who have been convicted of or arrested for 'other offenses.'"
Obama has said he will make changing the immigration laws a priority, with changes aimed toward extreme "open borders" policies. Now with these restrictions on law enforcement, preventing them from arresting many of the illegal immigrants in the country, could he be aiming at an amnesty bill?
Rumors of an amnesty bill have flown around since Obama was elected, however, these are the first signs of him making a move for it. It's unlikely for the Obama Administration to make more than small changes like this until sometime next year, as it is currently focused on "Health Care Reform," but after that all bets are off.