|Published:||Jun 15, 2012 11:30 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 15, 2012 11:44 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - We're learning more about what this new proposal means for young immigrants in southwest Florida.
"I'm trying to go to college right now but its really impossible because I'm not legal yet." A 17-year-old, who doesn't want to be identified, just graduated high school and has a goal of going to Edison State College to become a psychiatrist.
But right now because of her status that's just a dream. "It makes me frustrated, I want a future, I want a family I want to be able to progress I dont just want to sit at home and do nothing, when, you know, I went to school, I graduated, I have all this knowledge and I can't use it," she said.
"It's a step in the right direction, for these kids who are as American as apple pie," said Immigration Attorney Ricardo Skerrett.
Skerrett says this is not a change in any official law and it's unclear right now if this will allow able students to go to college. "You are going to have to prove that you went to school in the U.S, and it doesn't automatically mean you will be able to enroll in a university," he explained.
But this teen says if she can't make it into school right away at least a work permit will get her out into the community, and doing something with her life.
"They feel like theres no hope, you know and the President, he keeps saying and he keeps acting but we dont see anything at least maybe now we have hope with a job we can get something done," she said.
Skerrett warns that dishonest people will try to benefit from this new policy through immigration fraud. He says the Obama Administration needs to establish strict guidelines to prevent fraud and prevent criminals from taking advantage of and profiting from vulnerable people.