Oregon Public Broadcasting

Some young Oregonians are filing today for consideration under a new federal policy that will allow certain undocumented immigrants to live and work openly in this country.

The Obama Administration policy targets young people whose parents brought them here in violation of immigration law. The administration is asking these teens and twenty-somethings to come forward. They can have their deportations deferred, if they meet certain conditions.

About ten people gathered at Citizenship and Immigration Services' local office announcing their intention to file. One of them was 19-year-old Hugo Nicholas.

"It's not a celebration, but a ceremony of responsibility, symbolizing beginning and renewal as well as change," Nicholas said.

He is a student at Chemeketa Community College. He's been involved student city council and ROTC. He says it took him weeks to make up his mind about whether to apply.

There's no guarantee how long the protected status would last. Advocates fear anyone who applies and is rejected could be subject to scrutiny and in danger of deportation. But many called it a historic moment.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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