August 16th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Undocumented immigrants line up for relief from deportation

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Long lines formed at help centers and lawyers' office across America Wednesday as thousands of young, undocumented immigrants began applying for relief from deportation.

They took advantage of one of the biggest immigration policy changes in years. An executive order by President Barack Obama allows those who entered the country illegally as children to remain and work without fear of deportation for at least two years.

A crowd formed at Chicago's Navy Pier Wednesday to get help from immigration lawyers and fill out forms.

"I was able to learn the customs and traditions, and I am used to living the life here," Nayeli Manzano, 16, told CNN affiliate WLS-TV.

She arrived in the United States as a child from Mexico and said she is very much American.

Faces of hope: Lining up for two more years in the U.S.

"I feel I am a citizen," she said. "The only thing that is stopping me is a little piece of paper."

Tuesday, at a Latino community center in New York, Maria, a young Chilean, leaped from her seat.

"I've found the form!" she screamed.

She was with a number of other undocumented immigrants meeting there to get legal advice in anticipation of the release of the form, which authorities surprisingly posted a day before they had said they would.

The form, titled "Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," was dated August 15, 2012, and bore the expiration date of February 28, 2013.

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  1. Fang

    The JQ has nearly recahed critical mass among white people. From what I can tell, the only holdouts are among the older crowd, brainwashed by WWII propaganda and the like.Jews are really feeling the heat, thanks to the internet their mainstream media control is become more and more irrelevant, and in the era of Bernie Madoff and Goldman Sachs it's getting harder to browbeat people with the slur conspiracy theorist every time someone mentions that Jews run Wall Street.As we are going into the next fight over amnesty and immigration, it's as good a time as ever to name the Jew. When Paul Krugman writes about immigrants saving Social Security, someone needs to call that what it is an excuse for promoting anti-white race replacement, a specifically *Jewish* goal.In the new multicultural America, it's important to stop Jews from posing as just another white person when they promote their Jewish ideologies.

    September 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jorge

    CNN, by repeatedly blocking attempts to respectfully protest so much anti-Hispanic chatter on your posts, your southern good-ole' boy nature is showing...

    August 20, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jorge

    Every 9 out of 10 articles that you read on "Latino in America" concern illegal immigrants, which insinuate that Hispanic populations everywhere in the U.S. may have no right to be here and are not entitled to the respect and protections of the law. CNN does a great disservice to the spirit of this nation by promoting this innuendo through lop-sided reporting on this matter, and by minimalising the legitimate Hispanic-American experience.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Ohwellthatslife

      oh so you now expect the service of the very law that these people break when they decide to stay on after their permitted time is over. You want respect, respect the law. Now if you play the card of original native americans, i want to tell you that when there isn't a law to be broken, there's no illegal. But when the law is established, you better obey it or be shunned. These illegals want to stay here because this land is better than theirs. But believe me, they will live like and make it like their own dirty land one day.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thinksense1

    Picking and choosing what laws to follow is a problem. The fact is that these people are here illegally, their age does not affect anything and it is the parents fault. I'm sorry, breaking the law is illegal and as such the laws should be upheld and no welfare or benefits given. Why should any person follow the law if people constantly find ways to break it and not be punished for it?

    August 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EPGG

    Growing up in a foreign country doesn't quality kids as legal residents – they shouldn't even be qualified for free education and welfare services paid by taxpayers. American kids (or any nationality) who grew up elsewhere cannot claim the same even if they assimilated with locals. It is unfortunate that these kids were taken in by their parents to have a better life and compete in the American job market. But it's not right. It is not legal. It is against the law.

    Kids got good education already. Many excel in their field of study – Why don't they want to go back to their native country and help their country to prosper?

    August 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. For better America

    "When people ask me what all these undocumented immigrants are doing in this country, I reply: 'We are working for you, making this country great. We are looking after your children, making your houses beautiful, tending your gardens, so that you can thrive and raise your families. We are working for you.'" so you can become successful.

    August 17, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Ohwellthatslife

      who are you kidding mate!! you are living here illegally and thats the bottom line. Now while living here if you are working at a honest job or not, doesn;t matter. I can;t enter in your house and claim to stay permenantly because i am keeping your room clean, that's not how it works....find a different argument.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |