Young Illegal Immigrants Affected By Policy

10:33 PM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- President Barack Obama says the government will stop deporting undocumented people who came into this country as children.

Illegal Immigrants will avoid deportation and be eligible for work permits if:

- They arrived in the U.S. before age 16 and are younger than 30

- Been in the country 5 years continuously

-Have no criminal history

- Graduated high school or earned a GED

- Pose no threat

- Or served in the military.

No matter where you stand on the issue, the children are stuck in the middle of the controversy.

Some of these children are honor roll students who have only known America to be their home. That is the case for 19-year-old Yves Gomes.

He's lived his entire life with uncertainty.

But without a doubt he wants to live in America.

"I like playing basketball, I like playing video games. I watch American television."

Both of his parents were deported several years ago when his father's fight for political asylum failed.

In 2010 it was Gomes' turn. After 9News Now interviewed him, he got a two-year extension.

His time is up again and that's why he says today's news couldn't have been better.

"For me it means a victory. but not a final victory. It's been tough but everything happens for a reason."

He was among the crowd that gathered for a rally at the White House Friday afternoon in support of the President's decision.

His story is not unlike the others in this group.

Take Nathaly Uribe, an undocumented 17-year-old high school student.

"I was brought here from Valparaiso, Chile when I was two years old. I have been here 15 years of my life. This is my home. I wouldn't know what to do if I were sent back to Chile."

Gomes came to this country at the beginning of his life. He sees himself growing old in this country. If he gets to fulfill that dream, he hopes of finding a cure for his cousin who suffers from muscular dystrophy.

 "I live with my cousin who has muscular dystrophy and there's nothing more I'd like to do than to work towards finding a cure for his disease."

Gomes graduated high school with a 4.6 grade point average. He had to turn down half a dozen colleges because of his status.

He's at Montgomery College now, but is waiting to get into Georgetown to study biochemistry and find cures for diseases.

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