1.7 Million Illegal Immigrants To Get Work Permits
Thousands of illegal immigrants at queuing up to fill in forms, that could grant them temporary work permits. the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could help over 1 million young people.
Thousands of young illegal immigrants scrambled to get applications, for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
This will help them avoid deportation and get a temporary work permit.
Duvan Diaz, applicant for work permit from Colombia,said:
"I'm actually from Colombia and I was born and raised over there to the age of eleven and then my mom brought me here to live the American dream, or something better, because the situation over there wasn't really good."
President Barack Obama announced the program in June.
Thomas Ragland, Immigration Lawyers Association,said: "..I mean, the idea of going from 'I don't have anything right now' to 'I could get my drivers license, I could be able to get a job, I could be able to work' - that's really worth it..."
Applicants must pay a 465 dollar fee and provide proof of identity and eligibility.
The program is open to immigrants aged 15 to 31, who entered the US before they were 16.
They should have lived in the country continuously for at least the past five years.
They must not have been convicted of serious crimes. They must be enrolled in or have completed high school, or have served in the U.S. military.
In Arizona, however, Governor Jan Brewer signed an executive order.
It has directed state agencies to deny driver's licenses and other public benefits to immigrants who obtain work authorizations, under the new program.
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