NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Many young illegal immigrants in
New Jersey, and across the country, are preparing to file paperwork Wednesday
for the first day of a new federal program that allows those who meet certain
requirements to avoid deportation and obtain a U.S. work permit.
The Obama administration announced in June it would stop deporting many
illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program can be
downloaded from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
Applicants must be 30 or younger, pay a $465 fee, and provide proof of
identity and eligibility.
They must prove they arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16, have been
here at least five years, and are in school, graduated or served in the