United States President Barack Obama (pictured) has been praised by his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, after his recent immigration policy decision.

Los Cabos - Mexico's president is praising President Barack Obama for having the “courage” to limit the deportation of some young illegal immigrants living in the United States.

President Felipe Calderon thanked Obama on behalf of the Mexican people for what he called a “valuable decision”.

Obama announced on Friday that illegal immigrants will be able to avoid deportation if they can prove they were brought to the US before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, and graduated from a US high school or earned a GED or served in the military.

Calderon called Obama's decision a “humanitarian action”.

Obama and Calderon were meeting on the sidelines of the G20 economic summit. - Sapa-AP