Immigration “DREAM Act” Like Protections in Effect

President Obama's new deportation policy is now in effect, allowing 1.7 million undocumented immigrants to apply for the temporary right to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

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Layios Roberto is one of the 1.7 million illegal immigrants who scrambled to get papers in order to apply for Dream-Act like protections. The new policy allows young foreigners to work and live in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Click to see more photos.
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In part with the new policy, potential deferred action applicants filled a New York Lower East Side church for an orientation workshop.
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In Los Angeles, illegal immigrant Mayra Chavarria held her high school diploma while waiting outside the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.
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Felipe Sousa Matos, of Brazil, holds his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) papers during a news conference in Miami. Recently, Felipe graduated Summa Cum Laude, at St. Thomas University with a Bachelor's in Arts in Business Studies and a minor in Economics.
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Young Illegal immigrants lined up outside the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles as the DREAM Act takes effect. President Obama announced the program in June after Hispanic voters pressured him, saying he hasn't fulfilled his promise to overhaul the tangled U.S. immigration laws.
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Applicants under 30 are eligible if they graduated from high school, were honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces, or are currently a student.
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Stephanie Ramirez from New Rochelle, NY looked over her paperwork while attending an orientation workshop.
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Along with her mother, sister, and cousin, Mitzi Pena (C) waits in line to apply for deportation reprieve.
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With proper paperwork in hand, a line of immigrants waits to enter the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles.
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Osbaldo Perez along with a group of immigrants known as DREAMers, holds flowers as he listens to a news conference.
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New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn addressed a news conference once the DREAM Act took effect.
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The DREAMers listen to a news conference as the new policy kicks off.
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Jose Machado, left, holds a sign in Spanish that reads "No Dreamer left Behind" during a news conference of students seeking temporary relief from deportation in Miami.
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Students Griselda Lozano, 23, left, with sister Yesenia Lozano, 19, originally from Guadalajara, Mexico lay on the curb as they wait outside the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, CHIRLA office in Los Angeles.
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