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Understanding Obama's "Deferred Action" Program

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Yakima, WASH.--People gathered at Davis High School Saturday to learn more about President Obama's "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program."

Under the program, illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States before their 16th birthday, and have lived in the states for 5 years can apply for a work permit.

There are also several other requirements, including having their GED and a clean record.

During their 2-year period, people don't have to worry about getting deported. When it expires, they can apply for another one.

"It gives more opportunities to Hispanic teenagers and people who are illegal without criminal records that are not criminals but are treated like ones," said Maria Torres.

The workshop was put on by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the Washington Chapter of the American Lawyers Association.

After the workshop, participants could meet with an attorney and have their forms looked over before they were submitted.