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Immigrant student aims to move forward under Deferred Action program

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 7:14 am, Fri Mar 21, 2014.

Sussette Morales is one of the “Dreamers” — the term used to describe immigrant students who would fall under the proposed Dream Act.

The failure by Congress to pass that legislation led to the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides undocumented students who come from other countries before the age of 16 the chance to stay in the United States legally for two years, after which time permission needs to be renewed. Those students must prove that they have already lived in the United States for five years and attend high school with the goal of earning a high-school diploma or GED. Data from various Migration Policy websites indicate that in 2011, about 10.4 million students from immigrant households attended school in the United States.

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