Undocumented Unsure Whether to Pursue Work Permits
Days after President Obama announced an order to allow certain young, undocumented immigrants to get work permits, some Bay Area residents who could apply aren't sure if they want to.
Laura Melgarejo says it's exciting to think for the first time she could qualify for the proper documentation to be in the United States. The 27-year-old's been living, working and going to school here since her parents brought her across the border from Mexico as a teenager. Yet when immigration attorneys explained what the policy means for local residents at a press conference, Melgarejo admitted she has some serious concerns.
"If we apply right now, and things change after the November elections,” says Melgarejo, “what are potential opportunities I’m going to have from here to November? And if I don’t have any opportunities, is it worth it?"
Right now, the attorneys say that's a tough question to answer. The Obama administration has released few details about the president's order. For instance, no one knows how many times -- if at all -- immigrants who get the work permit would be able to reapply.