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Reprieves For Young Undocumented Immigrants Start Trickling In

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Above: Ana Mendoza applied for President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Last week, she received her federal ID card.

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Aired 10/16/12

Last week Ana Mendoza got something she'd never had: recognition from the federal government.

Ana Mendoza received her federal ID card under the DACA program.
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Above: Ana Mendoza received her federal ID card under the DACA program.

— Since she was 2 years old, Ana Mendoza, an undocumented immigrant, has lived in fear of the federal government.

But the 24-year-old applied for President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program a week after the government started accepting applications in August. The program exempts from deportation many young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children and allows them to get jobs.

Last week, Mendoza got the envelope she’d been waiting for. Inside was a shiny federal ID card. Recognition.

“It was really overwhelming. I haven’t really processed it,” she said.

Mendoza started thinking about the doors that little card was going to open for her.

“I can give that to an employer and it says I am legally allowed to work here in the United States.”

Almost immediately, the Cal State Los Angeles graduate started sending her resume to public relations firms.

“I kind of had a sense of, OK, now I have to hurry, and find a job, and show that I do want to stay here and work, and be a good member of society.”

Within two days, she’d scheduled four interviews. And by the end of the week, she’d had three, and gotten two callbacks. She’s crossing their fingers that they’ll turn into job offers.

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CaliforniaDefender | October 16, 2012 at 1:19 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

Getting a "shiny federal ID card" does not make the holder legal as their status is still considered unlawful.

It's also not a path to residence or citizenship. Deportations will still happen in 2 years and now the government knows exactly who you are and where you live.

This is just a desperate ploy by Obama to get a few more votes. How sad that he would rather give people false hope than fix the broken immigration system.

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