"Deferred Action" Begins

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 2:59pm

New program allows young illegal immigrants chance to avoid deportation.

Starting Wednesday, young, undocumented immigrants will be able to apply for temporary legal status under the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" plan announced by President Barack Obama in June.

In a major policy announcement, Obama said he would halt the deportation of undocumented youth and allow those younger than 31 that arrived in the country before they were 16 to apply for a two-year work permit.

To be eligible, the youth must be in the country for at least five consecutive years; have no criminal history; graduated from high school, have a GED or served in the military.

Cheryl Little, Executive Director at Americans for Immigrant Justice, recommended having an attorney look over the application before it's submitted.

"It's important to get the application right the first time," Little said in a release."Mistakes or misunderstandings could lead to denial of deferred action and losing the $465 fee or worse - deportation."

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