North Texans Learn About Immigration Order

Local Group Teaches Immigrants About Application Process

By Andres Gutierrez
|  Sunday, Jun 24, 2012  |  Updated 12:12 AM CDT
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People are lining up to take advantage of President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration, but many of them have a lot of questions about it.

Andres Gutierrez, NBC 5 News

People are lining up to take advantage of President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration, but many of them have a lot of questions about it.

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North Texans Learn About Immigration Order

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Dozens of North Texans crowded a room in Dallas on Saturday to learn how President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration will affect their lives.

It's estimated that at least one million young, undocumented immigrants are eligible for the new immigration policy.  It allows:

-An individual to remain temporarily in the United States and apply for work authorization.

-It does not mean any kind of permanent residence.

-It does not go into effect for another two months.

On Saturday, the "North Texas Dream Team" which fought for the Dream Act, held a bilingual forum at El Centro College in Dallas.  It was designed to help immigrants navigate through the process before applying for work authorization.

College sophomore Bruna Tavares is a Brazilian native who has been in the country eight years.  She came to learn more so she doesn't fall victim an immigration scheme or make a mistake.

"It is a new policy," said Taveres. "It's kind of complicated. We don't want to get ourselves in trouble, do a scam or something and then end up being deported, when we could stay here the way we are."

To be eligible, the undocumented immigrants:

-Must have come to the U.S. while under the age of 16.

-They cannot be older than 30-years-old.

-They must have lived in the U.S. for five consecutive years since June 15, 2012.

-They must have earned their GED's or high school diplomas.

-They cannot have a criminal record.

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