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Immigrants in Ga. apply for deportation protection

In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Viridiana Martinez, right, is comforted by activist Mohammad Abdollahi before Martinez is arrested during a protest for rights for higher education for illegal immigrants that blocked traffic in Atlanta.

In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Viridiana Martinez, right, is comforted by activist Mohammad Abdollahi before Martinez is arrested during a protest for rights for higher education for illegal immigrants that blocked traffic in Atlanta.

ATLANTA — More than 10,000 illegal immigrants living in Georgia have requested temporary protection from deportation under a plan established by President Barack Obama.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has granted over 53,000 requests for protection from deportation since the government began accepting applications in August. Georgia ranks ninth nationally in the number of people who have applied.

To be eligible, applicants have to prove they arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16 and are under 30 years old. They must be high school graduates or in school, or have served in the military, and they cannot have a serious criminal record.

The new policy does not provide legal status, and protection from deportation and work authorization is only for two years.

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VietVet1 1 year, 4 months ago

Isn't welfare, medical w/benfits and multi family dwelling proof enough for permenat protection?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Why doesn't headline have the truth....Illegal Immigrants apply for deportation protection?

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Cartman 1 year, 4 months ago

Illegal Immigrants Apply for Special Treatment so they can enlist in the FSA.

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VietVet1 1 year, 4 months ago

Well we know their voted counted.

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TrixibelleBento 1 year, 4 months ago

Call me an old crusty Republican, but why do ILLEGAL immigrants deserve higher education RIGHTS?! Show me the taxes you have paid to give you that "right". If you are here, contributing (not living off the government dole), have no criminal record and paying taxes, then we can talk. However, if you are not all of the items listed above, I don't have a bit of sympathy. Get in line and become legal like the system allows. I know of two people close to me--one from Mexico and one from Columbia--who took 10 years to become legal citizens. Why should they have to wait and jump through hoops, when there are folks who want the front of the line and do not want to follow our laws and processes?

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