President Obama's executive order offers hope to some undocumented immigrants

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Juan Matamoros, 17, has strong feelings about the United States.

"We're not allowed to stay here. But we're good citizens. We don't do anything bad at all," said Matamoros, an undocumented immigrant.

Two years old in 1996, he arrived on tourist visas with his parents who were fleeing the Colombian drug war.

They never went back.

His dad owns a trucking company and he's a junior at Park Vista High School.

"They've been working hard, paying bills, taxes," said Matamoros.

His lawyers are fighting the government's effort to deport him - to send him back to Colombia.

"A country he doesn't know, he's never been to," said Andrew Clopman, an immigration attorney based in Jupiter.

But no, hope.

The president's executive order affords the right to delay deportation in two year increments and to apply for work permits.

It also gives those like Ivan Sanchez of Greenacres a shot at a driver's license - which gives him a shot at in-state tuition for college.

"If I don't have in-state tuition, I would have to either work or study, I can't do both," said Sanchez.

He hopes this means days of cleaning offices are behind him, and that a college degree in graphic design is what lies ahead.

Matamoros is hoping that President Obama's executive order will lead the Department of Homeland Security to suspend his deportation case - and allow him to move ahead with big dreams.

"To push forward, a better future, have the American Dream. A house, a picket fence," said Matamoros.

Matamoros plans on going to college for either journalism or accounting.

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