Obama approves deferred action applications of 154,000 DREAM Act kids

Spanish-language organization Univision is reporting that the Obama administration program DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has approved the applications of over 154,000 DREAM Act kids, undocumented youth seeking permission to live and work legally in the US.

This is incredible news following President Obama’s pledge to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year, and an executive order in 2012 effectively stopping the deportations of DREAM-eligible youth.

While the Hispanic Pew Center estimated that about 950,000 undocumented youth would be eligible for the program, about 400,000 have applied for deferred action since DACA became active in August 2012.

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Gabe Ortíz is a San Francisco-based writer. He has contributed to the Mission's bilingual newspaper "El Tecolote," and the political blogs AMERICAblog, AMERICAblog Gay, and Veracity Stew. He's also a Stevie Nicks lover and shameless catlady. Follow him on Twitter: @Tusk81.

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