The Madeleine Brand Show for August 14, 2012

'Deferred Action' program offers hope for some young immigrants

UCLA Dreamers

Roberto (Bear) Guerra

Undocumented students at UCLA line up for graduation on June 15, 2012, the same day that the White House announced that deportations would be deferred for many undocumented youth.

Wednesday may prove to be a monumental day for an estimated 1.2 million undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, as they'll be able to apply to live and work in the U.S. legally for at least the next two years.

As part of President Obama's policy change of the Dream Act, qualified immigrants can apply to live and work in the country legally, and be eligible for a two-year reprieve from deportation. About 440,000 young people who live in California could benefit under the program that was announced in June.


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