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Deferment Program For Undocumented Young People Underway

September 17, 2012
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Undocumented young people have started applying for two-year protection from deportation. The new Obama program gives them the chance to study and work in this country.

To be eligible they must:

  • Have come here before they were 16 years of age
  • Be under 31 years of age
  • Have lived here since June 15, 2007
  • Be in or graduated from high school or honorably discharged from the military
  • Have no significant criminal record
  • Not pose a threat to national security

The applications ask for school transcripts, utility and other bills, leases or other records showing how they have lived for the last five years. Applicants will go through criminal checks including fingerprints.

More than 82,000 young people applied for the program in the first 30 days.

The government has issued the first few approvals.

There are a number of reasons people are not applying. There is a lot of paperwork. It costs $465 to apply. There are risks of deportation for the parents and families of the undocumented young people.

So far, the most applicants are from Mexico. Officials said a surprisingly large number are from South Korea.

Democrats cheered for the program at their Convention. Republican candidate Mitt Romney has not said he would continue the program if elected.

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