ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) –  Starting today, Homeland Security will start taking applications from young illegal immigrants who want to stay in the U.S.

Immigrants can avoid deportation if they can prove they’re eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which also allows young illegal immigrants to obtain work permits.

Here in Georgia, some 25-thousand illegal immigrants are eligible to seek legal status under the new Obama Administration policy.

It benefits young immigrants who were brought here as children.

The administration says it will help focus resources on deporting illegal immigrants who are a threat to public safety.

Opponents say the president is pandering for the Latino vote.


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