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Long lines and cautious optimism marked the first day of the application process for young illegal immigrants seeking a deportation reprieve.
The federal government on Wednesday opened the application process for its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which will offer two-year deportation deferrals and work permits to some young illegal immigrants. President Barack Obama announced the program in June.
To qualify for the program, individuals must have arrived in the U.S. before they were 16 and have been younger than 31 as of the June 15 announcement. They must have lived in the U.S ...