Administration Plans Change in Immigration Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration plans a rule change
that would help reduce the time some illegal immigrants are
separated from their citizen relatives while the immigrants try to
win legal status in the United States.
      A senior administration official says the administration wants
to let some illegal immigrants stay in the U.S. while they ask the
government to waive a rule that otherwise would prohibit them from
coming back into the country for up to 10 years. Waivers are
available for illegal immigrants who can show that their absence
would cause an "extreme hardship" for their citizen spouse.
      The official says the proposed rule change would streamline the
process. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because
the policy change had not been made public.