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Family gets ready to apply for deferred action

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Young immigrants all over the country are getting ready to apply for President Obama's deferred action plan. It's designed to help thousands of people stay in the U.S. legally to work and study.

Wednesday was the first day people could send in applications. Town hall meetings were held all across the state of Washington to give people advice and help with applying.

In Kennewick, St. Joseph's Church was so full of families many were forced to stand or sit on the floor. But, it was just as full of people, as it was hope and excitement.

"I have a life ahead of me and I want something better for my family ," said 23 year-old Rafael Farias.

The Farias family was just one of many at the town hall meeting to learn about applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process. Still, their story was the same as many others.

"I want to go to college and I want to get my papers so I can go somewhere far," said Rafael's sister Brenda Farias.

The four siblings arrived in the country as kids. Now they want the opportunity for education and a future.

"Some of us work in the fields. We pick cherries, apples, nectarines, other things that people wouldn't do. But its hard for us to know you have a diploma, you go to college, and when you get out you have to go to the field to work," said Maria Farias.

If they are approved for the program, they will receive temporary deportation relief for 2 years. They can also receive a social security number for work. For the family, it's a step forward on an already hard road.

"We're trying to do better. We're not here to screw up the USA. We're trying to make it better," said Rafael.

The family still has to send in their applications, and each person must pay a filing fee of $465.

It's still unclear when people will find out if they've qualified for deferred action.