The Department of Homeland Security’s recent announcement that it would stop deporting young illegal immigrants, and instead issue them work permits, has many small business owners breathing a bit easier. The burden of verifying employees’ legal status has long been a thorn in the side of small businesses—and one many have argued should be left to immigration officials. The Department, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced last week, will no longer deport undocumented immigrants under 30 years old, provided they: 1.) Came to the U.S. when they were 16 or younger; 2.) Have lived here for at least five years; and 3.) Have no criminal record. According to a 2008 survey, just over 10 percent of small employers have at least one immigrant worker.