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Deferred Action Immigration Program Begins
An estimated 13,000 immigrants descended upon Navy Pier yesterday to start the application process for a new government amnesty program that will give them the temporary right to live and work openly in the U.S. The initiative could help one-point-seven million young immigrants nationwide qualify for work permits, Social Security cards and driver's licenses. Ana M. Mencini was an assistant professor of immigration law at Chicago Kent Law School. She tells WDCB News there are some key differences between the new “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” initiative and the much-debated Dream Act that stalled in Congress. There are several pieces of criteria tied to the program … applicants must be between 15 and 31 and have lived here continuously for at least five years. Mencini says at this time, the program is open-ended, there is no deadline, though the protect status must be renewed every two years.
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