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Young people prepare to apply for deferred deportation program

The much discussed recent changes to immigration law in the United States, whereby individuals who meet certain criteria will be allowed to stay in the country, has excited many throughout the nation. There is good cause for this excitement. One estimate provided by the U.S. government indicates that a total of 1.2 million undocumented immigrants could take advantage of the new program.

Many of those who are celebrating the new immigration law are from Mexico. This probably does not come as a surprise to many since, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, over half -- or 58 percent -- of all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are originally from Mexico.

Despite the government not yet releasing information on how to apply for the program, many young people are scurrying to get what they think will be the necessary paperwork in place, namely proof of citizenship of another country via a passport or birth certificate. Some however, are finding that this is easier said than done.

Many young people who were born in Mexico are attempting to obtain Mexican passports in preparation for applying for the program. To accomplish this, individuals under the age of 18 are required to have not only the signature but fingerprints as well from both parents. Because a fair amount of young Mexicans in the country do not know where their fathers are, the task is proving to be more difficult than anticipated.

Fortunately, Mexican officials are aware of the difficulty many are having in meeting the country's requirement. They are doing what they can to assist in the matter. Reportedly, consulates are making it possible for those who need assistance to visit without first making an appointment. Hopefully this will help make the process easier.

Source: CNN, "Young immigrants prepare for new U.S. deportation policy," Gustavo Valdes, August 1, 2012

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