An Israeli soldier,right, patrols next to a palestinian boy in the West Bank city of Hebron, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007. Palestinian militants plotted to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert when he traveled to the West Bank in August to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a security chief told Israel's Cabinet on Sunday, a meeting participant said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel has approved new residency criteria that could result in the deportations of hundreds of children of foreign migrant workers.
Sunday's Cabinet decision represented a small step by Israel to clear up the status of thousands of foreign workers in Israel.
Under the decision, children of migrants whose parents entered Israel legally may remain if they are enrolled in school, speak Hebrew and have been here longer than five years.
An Israeli advocacy group, the Hotline for Migrant Workers, estimates 700 of 1,200 school-age children are at risk of deportation, along with their parents.
About 200,000 migrant workers live in Israel, mostly from the Philippines, China and Africa. About half have overstayed their visas.
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