WOODBURY - The Department of Homeland Security has announced a rule change that would allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants facing deportation to not only stay in the country, but also to apply for work permits.

Bowing to pressure from immigrant-rights activists, the Obama administration decided to postpone deportation proceedings against 300,000 illegal immigrants who haven't been convicted of any crimes.

"It shows that our voice is being heard," says advocate Osman Canales.

However, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) says President Barack Obama is bypassing Congress and defying the will of the people.

In a letter to Congress, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano explained that she had discretionary power to prioritize and focus on deporting convicted felons. King, however, insists that the president is just trying to shore up his political base.

Hispanics are an important voting block as Obama seeks re-election next year, but some of them say they feel betrayed by the president's inaction on comprehensive immigration reform.