New Immigration Law Goes Into Effect

    People fill out paperwork inside the Embassy of Honduras Consular Section in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. The Department of Homeland Security is releasing for the first time details on how illegal immigrants brought to the US as children can apply to avoid deportation and receive a work permit. Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services, said people who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program can download the application, including forms needed to get a work permit, from the agency's website, beginning Tuesday. They can start submitting applications on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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    The Obama administration’s sweeping immigration overhaul, which will allow up to 1.7 million undocumented immigrants to apply to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation, went into effect Wednesday. The changes, similar to the Dream Act, affect immigrants between the ages of 15 and 31 who came to the country before they were 16 and have lived here continuously for at least five years. They must be free of serious criminal convictions, be enrolled in or have completed high school, or have served in the U.S. military. Application forms went online Tuesday.

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