MIAMI (AP) -- Young undocumented immigrants throughout Florida have begun applying for the chance to avoid deportation and earn a work permit.
Advocates and lawyers gathered Wednesday in Miami, Orlando and other cities around the state to help youths who may qualify.
The new policy was announced by President Barack Obama in June. It allows immigrants who are 30 or younger and arrived in the United States before they turned 16 to apply. They must have been living in the United States for at least five years and be in school or graduated or served in the military. They cannot have been convicted of certain crimes.
The Migration Policy Institute and the Pew Hispanic Center estimate as many as 1.7 million people could be eligible.
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