Deferred action program could legalize 1.8 million young immigrants

Deferred action program could legalize 1.8 million young immigrants

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

August 7, 2012 – Yahoo News

As many as 1.76 million young illegal immigrants could qualify forunder 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.

Also read: U.S. set to start programme sparing young illegal immigrants deportation

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  • Deen  On 08/08/2012 at 2:25 pm

    Prudent policy and program by President Obama.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 08/13/2012 at 11:04 am

    This new Immigration Plan and Policy has officially put an end to the New World Order of American Immigration Slavery. Thinkabout it, 800,000 or 1.8 million citizens of the New World have been made Free of modern day Slavery. Abrahaman Lincoln is happy at this new development in world history. Hail Obama!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 08/14/2012 at 6:50 am

    The presidential power is at work in the USA, the land of Honey and Milk. It took one American President, Abraham Lincoln to have abolished officially Slavery and now another American President is using that Executive Power to let Freedom Prevail. Obama is the Greatest American President of this time. Others preferred to make Wars and have left the world a dark place, yet anotherUS President was fond of making personal LOVE while Rome Burned and yet another was flexing his muscles in far away Afghanistan to deal with history’s famous WAR MONGERS IN Pakistan and elsewhere, no matter the costs. World History has shown that the USSR left Afghanistan after they were defeated by the same AL QUAEDA, Why waste our lives and that of our countrymen in trying to flush out hot pockets of war mongers. The illegals in the USA have been building the USA while the sons and daughters of the USA have been waging a failing war all over the Globe. They are being replaced at home by these hard working foreign illegals who have to hide from Immigration in the execution of their survival Duties!

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