Young Immigrants May Find College Elusive
Araceli Cortes had made up her mind: After being brought to the U.S. as a child, graduating from high school and attending some college in California, she was going to return to Mexico to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.
She quit her job, bought an airline ticket and reserved a seat to take a medical school entrance exam.
Then, a week before her departure, President Barack Obama announced that young illegal immigrants like Cortes would be given the chance to remain in the United States and obtain a work visa. Cortes canceled her ticket and decided to stay.
This week, she and thousands of other immigrants began the application process. But she and many other student immigrants could face some tough obstacles.
"It's not giving me much," Cortes, 20, said. "It's just a two-year permit."
Obama was clear in announcing the order: This was not a path to citizenship, but rather an opportunity to avoid deportation and work.
"There's still going to be a challenge for these students to pursue higher education," said Deborah Santiago, co-founder and vice president for policy and research of Excelencia in Education. "I don't think the numbers are going to be high."
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