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Illegal Immigrants Under 30 Apply by Thousands for Work Permits

Several young undocumented residents of Mableton and Austell gathered their documents and forms to apply for a special work permit that would prevent them from being deported.

Hundreds of illegal immigrants under the age of 31 in Georgia, including Mableton and Austell, are gathering any visas, passports or other identification they have because the Department of Homeland Security is now accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a type of work permit which would prevent them from being deported.  

, and it could potentially help an estimated 1 million undocumented young people who would have been eligible for the failed Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, according to Huffington Post.

Approval for the permit does not provide any type of legal status or a path to citizenship, said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas.

Homeland Security announced Tuesday the specific documents illegal immigrants must present to apply for DACA. In addition to paying a $465 fee, undocumented immigrants must provide a passport or birth certificate, school transcripts, medical and financial records and military records.

However, some critics are concerned about possible fraudulent applications and documents from illegal immigrants.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, called the policy backdoor amnesty on Tuesday.

Other Republicans accuse Obama of bypassing Congress to improve his standing politically, just months before Election Day. Others say the program shows favor to undocumented immigrants over unemployed American citizens.

The program is an effort for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to focus deportation efforts on criminals and other harmful illegal immigrants.

To be eligible for the special work permit, undocumented immigrants must show that they:

  • Arrived in the U.S. before they were 16
  • Are now under the age of 30
  • Have lived in the U.S. for at least five years,
  • Are in high school, have graduated from high school or is in the military
  • Have not been convicted of specific crimes or pose a safety threat.

could not qualify for this program because he did not arrive in the U.S. until the age of 16.

The Associated Press obtained an internal document outlining the execution of the program. The shows that officials estimated about 1.04 million people would apply for DACA in the first year, and that about 890,000 would be eligible.

The document also showed estimates that the program would cost $468 million to $585 milion, bringing in about $484 million in fees.

Each case is likely to take months to review.

“All we want to do is have a better life and just be better,” said Cruz, who is applying for a work permit.

electric123 August 19, 2012 at 09:34 AM
Mr Bailey, I am very much sane or I would not be studying the law without blinders of a horse. But, as the Stiff-necked children of God from the old testament you will have to find out what WWJD
Pam J August 19, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Charles, I have been to Canada, Mexico and the British Virgin Islands. I was on vacation each time, so I really didn't have to deal with their laws that much. I entered each country legally, and was therefore welcomed. And I've lived in Cobb County my whole life. I like it here, problems and all. If I ever move, it will be to Florida. A nice little retirement community across the street from the beach.
electric123 August 19, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Pam, All well and good I am trying to assist you with your job dilemma
General Hafeezah August 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Has everyone forgotten that all this UNEMPLOYMENT started with the BUSH administration? Has everyone forgotten that before BUSH got in, our government had a surplus of money? So you mean you want more of the same by putting Republicans BACK in office? Jeesh!
General Hafeezah August 20, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Has everyone forgotten that all this UNEMPLOYMENT started with the BUSH administration? Has everyone forgotten that before BUSH got in, our government had a surplus of money? So you mean you want more of the same by putting Republicans BACK in office? Jeesh!

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