US set to start programme sparing young illegal immigrants deportation
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Young illegal immigrants - many of whom have spent much of their lives attending schools in the United States (US) - will be able to begin emerging from their uncertain status on Aug 15 when the Obama administration begins letting them apply to stay temporarily.
An estimated 800,000 young undocumented residents could qualify for the programme that would grant deportation deferrals of at least two years for those who are approved.
Two months after President Barack Obama surprised the Hispanic community with a move to suspend deportations for some young illegal immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security will begin accepting applications that also would grant them work permits.
"You cannot overstate how important this moment will be in immigrant communities and Latino neighbourhoods across the country," said Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez, who represents a Chicago district with a large Hispanic immigrant population.