Deferred Action Policy Brings Tears To The Eyes Of Many Students

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Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 8:12am

EDINBURG - The UTPA campus is filled with emotion today as hundreds gather to hear an announcement in the student auditorium.

"We have been waiting 11 years for this to happen," said Dr. Robert Nelsen, UTPA President.

Today undocumented immigrants can start applying for deferred action. An option that provides hope to live in the U.S. without fear.

"I have been going to school all my life, and I have felt just as American as anyone else, especially with my friends. I, of course, am not the same as my friends. I am a Dreamer, and I am undocumented," Condido Renteria, UTPA student.

 Over 600 UTPA students are believed to be undocumented. Congressman Hinojosa said he is fighting to give these young people a voice because of what they do everyday. 

"Studying in our schools, playing in our neighborhoods, and pledging allegiance to our American flag," said Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, U.S. Representative.

But deferred action is just an alternative to the dream act.

News Center 23 Reporter Erin Murray reports.

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