New Immigration Law Goes Into Effect

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.