As a new year begins, many immigrants are expressing hope that the president will initiate stronger reform for those who came here illegally so that they can remain in the country. Right now, millions of illegal immigrants still live in fear that they will be taken into custody by immigration and deported. Another concern for thousands of immigrant families regards the children who were brought to the U.S. and those who were born here. If current immigration law remains in place, these families could be torn apart as parents are deported.
According to recent reports, less than 15 percent of young immigrants have applied for Obama's deferred action plan that would allow them to remain in the country for two years with the possibility of obtaining a work permit. Of the 1.3 million young immigrants who would qualify for the plan that took effect in August, 100,000 of these potential applicants reside in Florida.