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Jorges Acuna Relieved By New Immigration Policy

6:12 PM, Jun 16, 2012   |    comments
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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- On the heels of the President announcing the government will stop deporting qualified young illegal immigrants, people gathered at a hispanic community action summit at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md.

19-year-old Jorges Steven Acuna has lived in fear all of his life for different reasons.

When he lived in Columbia he was worried about his safety.
Since his parents brought him to Germantown Maryland at the age of 8 he's been scared of being deported.

Acuna is now breathing a sigh of relief after yesterday's executive order.

"I slept so peacefully knowing my friends were going to wake up and be there the next day."

This past March, Acuna and his family spent 6 days in a maximum security detention. His case captured widespread support even from lawmakers.

He's been granted a year extension.

But some believe the policy means amnesty and jobs being taken away.

Barbara Culver from New York says, "If they have safety because they have young children, what would prevent them from coming here. There are not enough jobs and they're being outsourced as it is. The ones we have should go to those who are here already."

Prince George's County Executive, Rushern Baker says "These are our kids going through our school system. They grew up in this country, in these neighborhoods.
Baker says his county has the second fastest growing hispanic population in Maryland behind Montgomery County.

The President's move is garnering criticism saying it's a political move in an election year.
It makes Acuna, who's use to the uncertainty, wonder if the policy will stick.

"Do I ever worry it being taken away, yes and no.
If you can give us a month of peace it's better than never giving us peace and hope at all."

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