Democracy Now: Tens of Thousands of Immigrants Line Up for Deferred Action Under New Policy


Tens of thousands of young undocumented immigrants waited in mile-long lines across the country on Wednesday to take advantage of a new federal policy that may grant them legal status to temporarily remain and work in the United States. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, students and certain other immigrants under 31 will now be eligible for a two-year reprieve from deportation if they meet specific conditions, including being able to demonstrate that they came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday, lived here for the past five years, have not been convicted of certain crimes, and do not pose a national security threat. As the policy went into effect, Republican Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona issued an executive order barring immigrants who are granted a reprieve from receiving public benefits or getting drivers’ licenses. She also instructed state agencies to make sure only legal residents access taxpayer-financed benefits.

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~ by wheresthemic on August 16, 2012.

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