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With relaxed rules for undocumented in the US, real work in Mexico begins

President Obama announced new rules to allow undocumented immigrants under the age of 16 to apply for a stay of deportation and a way to continue their schooling.

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Now that the US has implemented a reprieve for young, undocumented immigrants in the US, Peggy Jaramillo’s real work begins.

The director of Tu Casa San Luis en Dallas, which provides support to Mexican immigrants in Texas, is planning information sessions to get the Mexican expatriate community up to speed about how undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US before age 16, and are not yet 30 years old, can apply for a stay of deportation, a work permit, and continue their education under new rules that President Obama put into place after the DREAM Act failed to pass.

“There are millions of children in this situation,” says Ms. Jaramillo, who splits her time between Dallas and San Luis Potosi in Mexico and works to educate families on both sides of the border. “Now they’re going to have access to education. We’re trying to get all the information we can and get the word out.”

Sixty percent of unauthorized immigrants to the United States are Mexican, according to the Migration Policy Institute. There were 6.7 million undocumented Mexicans living in the US in 2009.


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