We acknowledge common law marriages, why should a similar plan not be used to allow immigrants to live productive, beneficial lives in the United States? If they are raising a family, working a job (or two) and are not showing up as part of the criminal justice system, they have every right to keep the life they have every right to keep the lives they have built.
Maybe the people we rely on for our economy to function can now stay in the country without fear of being randomly deported for any little infraction. People don't seem to realize that these people live in constant fear. They are an integral part of our society and they should be able to stay.
I think immigrants who have resided in the US for at least 5 years should not be deported. This should only be the case if they are productive members of society. I do not think it should be a blanket 5 year rule. If they prove they are productive members of society, they should stay.
If someone has lived in the United States and has proven that they are contributing members of the society, they should be able to stay in the country they are supporting. Our ancestors did not come from this country, which makes us all progeny of immigrants, therefore it is wrong to throw other immigrants out.