Published August 14, 2012
Peter Malof, Public News Service – TX
Young people brought to the U.S. as children by undocumented parents can start applying Wednesday for temporary two-year work permits. The “deferred action” program is President Obama’s alternative to the DREAM Act, which has been stalled in Congress for years.
Immigration attorney Mo Goldman advises young “Dreamers” to proceed carefully with what he considers a risky proposition, especially if they’ve had past immigration or criminal violations.
“The individuals who apply are basically exposing themselves to the federal government and saying ‘Hey, I’m in the United States. I don’t have legal status, but I would like to get this work permission.'”