In nations that struggle with poverty, crime, and corrupt governments, chilhdren and the young are also victim and prey. Though many are sent home, the United States has seen a marked spike in young immigrants fleeing violence back home. Over the past year, the number of escaping young migrants taken into custody has increased. In some cases, those fleeing conditions back home can be granted refugee status in Miami, Florida and nationwide.
Since Obama's deferred action immigration policy passed, 180,000 immigrants have applied for consideration and 4,591 have been approved since Oct. 10. The program could change the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.
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.
Immigration laws are always evolving and changing, sometimes bringing new opportunities and hope. President Obama has initiated a new program to give young immigrants with no criminal record and who have completed some college or military service, the opportunity to defer deportation proceedings. Now, hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in who were brought to the country as children can start the application process for a deportation reprieve.