More young immigrants may get legal status in U.S.

AS many as 1.76 million young illegal immigrants, including Nigerians could qualify for temporary legal status under United States President Barrack Obama’s deferred action programme, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute.

That is more than double the Obama administration’s initial estimate of 800,000 people who would benefit from the programme.

Following a recent announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano that certain young people who came to the country as children and meet other key guidelines could be eligible, on a case-by-case basis, to receive deferred action, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun finalising a process by which potentially eligible individuals could request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.

Initially, only young illegal immigrants under 30 who entered the country as children, graduated from high school and had no criminal record would make the cut. Now, young people who didn’t graduate or receive their G.E.D. can still apply for the legal status as long as they re-enroll in high school by the time they apply.

The government will begin accepting applications online on August 15, and administration officials said the nearly $500 application fee will completely pay for the administrative costs of reviewing the applications. Those accepted will also get work permits, and will have to renew their legal status every two years.

Meanwhile as election day draws closer, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remain locked in a tight race in the key swing states of Colorado, Wisconsin, and Virginia, according to a Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll released early yesterday.

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obama leads by 49-45 per cent in Virginia and 51-45 percent in Wisconsin, while Romney has a 50-45 percent advantage in Colorado.



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