One step forward for thousands of “Dreamer’s

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On July 15, 2012 President Obama announced the Deferred Action law that will provide many immigrant student’s with the opportunity to acquire a work permit.

According to Homeland Security, the Deferred Action for childhood arrivals provides student’s (who arrived to the U.S. as children) with the eligibility to attain a work permit for two years. Although this does not legalize the individual, it will prevent them from being deported only if they have applied or request to apply. The procedure was processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) who worked on the requisites for the law.

Chabot Professor, Francisco Zermeño shares his connection and support to the student’s.

“I was brought here, I didn’t want to come, I was happy in Mexico but I had to follow the family; that’s what you do. One of the reasons why I support this and vote for Obama is that I think he is going to do something more constructive with the program” Zermeño added. “Where as I fear that Romney will simply take it away and then what’s going to happen with all these folks who have turned in their papers for the deferred action.”

Chabot Student Osbelia Cortes shares her view on the subject.

“It will give a lot of people an opportunity to show what they have. I think there are different opinions. [There are] people that think that it’s going to affect us but I think it’s actually going to help us in the long run.” Cortes said. “I’m happy for [my friends] because a lot of them are going to school and their hard working and it’s hard for them because they can’t have a license and what if they get stopped; there always in fear and I don’t think that’s right.”

Now, the Homeland Security has approved the first round of applicants on the week of Sept. 10. It has not been notified the amounts of qualified applicants but over 72 thousand applications have been submitted. Officials are concerned with the speed of the application approval process. According to

“I recommend [to get] a lawyer because immigration can make up stuff, [making one] not being able to qualify.”  Anonymous student said. “I got a lawyer because I feel safer in sending my application because if I didn’t hen I would have a higher risk of not being qualified.”

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama wrote in a letter to ICE Director John Morton, “The speed at which the deferrals are being granted continues to raise severe concerns about fraud and the administration’s ability to verify items like age of entry, educational status and even current age.” According to

Although there are many regulations to follow we cannot forget, “this is the land of opportunity. This is the land where you can educate yourself and provide for your family.” Zermeño continued. “We want to make sure that families are not broken up.”

Although the law will be admitted in all the U.S., each state government has the ability to modify the application requirements to their advantage.  Students who are granted the permit, might be eligible (depending on their states regulations) to apply for a drivers license as well as applying to travel outside of the country (which will have a fee of $360 dollars).

“Were all young and we just want to live.” Cortes said.

Applicants must pay a fee of $465 dollars and provide proof of identity as shown the graph.

Further information is provided on

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals requisites

1.       Must be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
2.       Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
3.       Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
4.       Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
5.       Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
6.       Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
7.       Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety

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