Illegal Immigrants Who Came to the US as Children Start to Get Official Documents in MA
Starting Wednesday kids who were brought to the United States illegally can apply for temporary legal status and work permits, under a new Obama administration program. According to the Migration Policy Institute, up to 20 thousand illegal immigrants could be eligible in Massachusetts. New England Public Radio's Sarah Birnbaum was at a legal services center in Boston where illegal immigrants were learning to fill out applications.
"I have all my paperwork together! and applying for this, just grabbing the application gave me hope that I do belong in this country. That I'll be able to contribute. And it just gave me a sense that I belong here that I've never had in my whole life."
Immigrants who are under the age of 31 and were brought into the country before their 16th birthdays are eligible for the permits. They will be able to stay in the country legally for two years and work or go to school without fear of deportation.