Undocumented Immigrants Line Up to Stay and Work in U.S.
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 12:45 PM
MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - Undocumented immigrants have been lining up in cities across the United States to sign up for "deferred action", a two year initiative by U.S. President Barack Obama that will allow the undocumented to avoid deportation and be eligible to work in the United States.
The provision is available for immigrants who entered the United States before they were 16 years of age, have attended U.S. schools and have been in the country for at least 5 years. It is not a path to citizenship and is only good for two years.
Immigrants line up to apply for deferral program
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1.8 million immigrants, called Dreamers, are eligible for "deferred action". Here are the eligibility requirements:
- must be younger than 30.
- must have been brought to the U.S. before their 16th birthdays.
- must have been in the country for five continuous years.
- must have no criminal history.
- must have graduated from an American high school, earned an equivalent degree or served in the U.S. military.
- must pass a government background check.