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Aug 15, 2012 9:24 PM by Lupita Murillo

Tucson teen applying for Deferred Action program

TUCSON - A major change in U.S. immigration policy provides temporary legal status to more than a million young people brought to the country as young children.

The criteria is quite lengthy and a thorough background check is required. Daniela Nava is one Tucson student who meets all the requirements. She's applying for a special reason. "I am ready to give back to my parents," she says. "Because without them I wouldn't have an education and I wouldn't be in college."

Carrying a 3.5 GPA Nava is a junior majoring in Administration of Justice at Pima Community College. She's paying out-of-state tuition. This semester she obtained several scholarships.

Before that her parents helped her out, and she did the rest on her own.

"I've been working in construction, cleaning houses with my mom and also babysitting since I was 13," she says.

The Deferred Action program will now allow her to work legally and pay for her education. Also for those students who have graduated the opportunity to open businesses. "They now just want to work and get their career goal going and I see that as helping the economy."

Republican spokesperson Barney Brenner disagrees from many standpoints, "Bottom line is these people are being helped at the expense of others and that's just the right way to go," he says.

Brenner also says the President is hurting the people he's trying help. "This will hurt the chances of all sorts of young people in our country, it will hurt their chances to get a job." He adds, "Its not fair to citizens who are here and it's not fair to those who want to come here legally ."

So while there are two sides of this story the one thing most will agree on is there's a need for immigration reform.

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