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Deferred action program could legalize 1.8 million young immigrants

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by MziziMkavu, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    [​IMG]Obama announces his deferred action plan on June 15. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    As many as 1.76 million young illegal immigrants could qualify for temporary legal status under President Obama's deferred action program, says a new report from the Migration Policy Institute. That's more than double the Obama administration's initial estimate of 800,000 people who would benefit from the program.

    The new number reflects the Obama administration's updated guidelines released last Friday depicting who qualifies for the temporary legal status. Initially, only young illegal immigrants under 30 who entered the country as children, graduated from high school and had no

    criminal record would make the cut. Now, young people who didn't graduate or receive their G.E.D. can still apply for the legal status as long as they re-enroll in high school by the time they apply.

    The government will begin accepting applications online on August 15, and administration officials said the nearly $500 application fee will completely pay for the administrative costs of reviewing the applications. Those accepted will also get work permits, and will have to renew their legal status every two years. Deferred action program could legalize 1.8 million young immigrants | The Lookout - Yahoo! News
  2. MaxShimba

    MaxShimba JF-Expert Member

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    Young illegals, okay, what about their parents,