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August 15th, 2012
06:36 AM ET

'Deferred action' plan goes into effect today for undocumented immigrants – Zoraida Sambolin explains how it could change one student's life

They're already lining up in Houston, Texas outside the Mexican Consulate, where today young illegal immigrants across the country will begin their question for a temporary reprieve from deportation.

Starting today, people who arrived in the United States as children and without documentation can apply to work without fear of deportation, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Tuesday.

The announcement comes two months after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that people who arrived in the United States as children may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization.

The program, dubbed Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was created in June under an executive order signed by President Barack Obama.

"Early Start" anchor Zoraida Sambolin looks at the new program this morning, and she talks with a student here in New York City about how the reprieve could change his life.


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  1. Tom

    And potential illegals worldwide are celebrating their victory over American citizens and are planning to come here for their share of the pie.

    When did it become wrong to want to keep American taxes for actual American citizens?

    August 15, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  2. Texas Dem

    Why is Zoraida Sambolin so angry and so much against the President's temporary immigration fix? Is she in favor of nothing? Zoraida Sambolin is acting as if she has been in a deep coma during the past few years when GOP have blocked everything and refused immigration reform. Please tell Zoraida Sambolin to report and not make news. She was outrageously one-sided. Since when did journalists take sides and impose their own opinions in such an outrageous manner? Why not bring two people: 1 for and the other against and let your viewers decided. People like Zoraida Sambolin are why CNN ratings are dropping.

    August 15, 2012 at 6:54 am | Reply

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