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Young Illegal Immigrants to Apply for Reprieve

Some illegal immigrants could get valid Social Security numbers and apply for driver's licenses and financial aid under a new immigration program.

A program that begins Wednesday will grant work permits and deportation deferrals to eligible illegal immigrants across the country, including those in the Los Angeles area.

The Obama administration's immigration initiative could give more than one million illegal immigrants a chance to live and work in the country without fear of deportation, according to a New York Times report.

The program gives work permits and two-year deportation deferrals to illegal immigrants who were brought here as children, according to the Times report.

Local immigrants will turn in their applications Wednesday at an event in Westwood organized by United We Dream, a network of youth-led immigrant organizations from across the country.

Immigrants need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the program. They must have been under the age of 31 on June 15, when the program was announced. They must have come to the country before they were 16 and have continuously lived here since June 15, 2007. They also must be in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, or honorably discharged from the military, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

If granted work permits under this program, young immigrants can get valid Social Security numbers and apply for driver's licenses and financial aid for college, the New York Times reported. For more on the program, click here.

Of the about 1.2 million foreign-born people currently eligible to apply, about 460,000 live in California, according to the report. 

Read the full New York Times story here.

What do you think of the new immigration program? Tell us in the comments section below.

CLaude Todoroff August 15, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Civics 101 - The US Constitution created 3 equal branches of government. The legislative branch is to make the laws, the judiciary is to interpret the laws and the executive branch (that would Obama) is to enforce the laws passed by Congress. On January 20. 2009, Obama like every president before him has sworn to uphold the laws of the US. Last time I checked, Congress never passed the Dream Act nor did Congress ever change the immigration laws to allow this Obama policy. Does anyone other than Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Nancy Pelosi think that this act by Obama is constitutional? Are you really going to take the chance that the courts won't order you deported or some future administration isn't going to deport you because that is what the law is? Obama promised the Hispanic Community that immigration reform would be a priority in his first year in office. Now Obama is telling you that he will do it in the first year of his second term. He lied to you once, what makes you think he isn't lying to you again to get the Hispanic vote? He had 60 votes in the Senate in his first year in office and all he did was shove Obamacare down our throats. Are you really going to give the government the information they need so you can be send back home?
Kurt Keckeisen August 15, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Congress never passed the Dream Act nor did Congress ever change the immigration laws to allow this Obama policy.
David Parker August 15, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Applause to you Claude.
Joi August 15, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I do not agree with this! Why should ILLEGALS (keyword) get the same treatment as LEGALS? Why the hell would anyone ever try to be a citizen anymore if you get treated as one for simply getting here? In my OPINION (another keyword) its stupid. I hope this doesn't last.
Nick August 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM
This program is absolutely stupid. First of all, these people are illegals, they don't deserve to live here and get the same treatment as legal immigrants who waited years before they came to this country. I don't get why do we give these illegals so much benefits. Americans are out of jobs right now and after these illegals get their work permits, they are going to take more jobs away from Americans. I just dont know how is this gonna help the economy. What a stupid program of the president of the united states obama.
Dawn August 16, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Obama's desperate. Let's help him move out in November. Friends help friends move. He wanted change-let's give it to him. Hope he has enough money to find a place. Oh yeah, he's a filthy greedy millionaire who can't send a few dollars to his half brother living in third world poverty. Hypocrisy.
Watts September 07, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Wow, Dawn. You really have some issues.

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