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Local immigrants dare to dream

first_img Two weeks ago, Juan got a text from his father while sitting in a Vancouver classroom. The news was big — big enough to potentially change the young man’s life.The Department of Homeland Security had just announced that certain young immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally could soon apply for what’s called “deferred action,” which means that for two years they would not be subject to deportation and would be eligible for a work permit.Juan looked at the requirements later that day and found that he met all of them. But he told himself not to get excited yet, as the new program wouldn’t be in place for a couple of months and many details remained to be worked out.He’s one of many Clark County residents whose lives may be greatly affected by the federal announcement. (Because of their precarious legal status, The Columbian is only using the first names of immigrants mentioned in this story).‘My dark secret’Juan and his parents came to Clark County from Mexico City when he was 5. Juan is 17 now and will be a senior in a Vancouver high school this fall. His grades are close to straight-As and his teachers tell him he can go far, Juan said. High school student Juan says the recent announcement by President Barack Obama that the Justice Department would no longer deport immigrant youth who fulfill certain requirements, gives him hope for college.last_img read more

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