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We've heard you say it many times: "Politics is like a foreign language." Well, we agree.
Each week, we summarize, simplify, and interpret different major news stories and how they affect our generation. We'll give you our take, and you can decide for yourself.
There are more than 800,000 young people who were brought into America illegally at a young age. Most have never known any other home.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will begin accepting applications for “deferred action” — two-year relief from deportation — for law-abiding immigrants under 31 who were brought to this country as children.
This does not grant legal status. Applicants do not get a green card or citizenship. They can apply for authorization to work legally and pay taxes for two years.
Why We Care
It would cost the government over $285 billion to deport the estimated 11 million illegal aliens that live in the United States. This would cost the average young American somewhere between $12,500 to $23,500 per individual departed.
Instead, under this measure, applicants will pay $465 to apply, generating millions of dollars in revenue.
America does not benefit from sending many hundred thousand young people, who have only known America as their home, to be homeless on the streets of another country. If we allow the government to deport these hard working and well-educated young people it affects all Americans, not just those who have been deported.