Obamas Deferred Action Program Legalizes Nearly 2 Million Immigrants – photo by Fotopedia
As the issue concerning the United States’ immigration policy continues to be a hot topic, Obamas deferred action program legalizes nearly 2 million immigrants.
According to Yahoo News, as many as 1.76 million young illegal immigrants could qualify for temporary legal status under President Obama’s deferred action program, says a new report from the Migration Policy Institute. The estimate is more than double what President Barack Obama first intended when he initially announced the program.
The updated guidelines that were released on Friday that depict those who can qualify for the temporary legal status. The first draft of the program stated that those who were under 30-years-old, entered the country as children, graduated from high school and had no criminal record qualified. However, the updated version of the program now states that young people who didn’t graduate or receive their G.E.D. can still apply for the legal status as long as they re-enroll in high school by the time they apply.
Application acceptance for the program begins on August 15, where administration officials said the nearly $500 application fee will pay entirely for the administrative costs of reviewing the applications. Moreover, those who are granted acceptance into the program will also get work permits, and will have to renew their legal status every two years. Officials are expecting a high number of immigrants looking to apply.
Obamas Deferred Action Program Legalizes Nearly 2 Million Immigrants.