Thousands of people brought to the U.S. illegally as children can apply to legally work and live in the U.S.
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, who were brought into the U.S. as children, will begin applying for permits allowing them to legally work and live in the U.S.
It's President Obama's controversial plan, and anticipation is high in Arizona for those who may qualify.
It was a packed house in Tucson at an informational session for people wanting details about the work permits. And it was a packed house at a session in the valley Tuesday night.
The Department of Homeland Security starts taking applications Wednesday. People are eager to apply to avoid deportation and get a work permit, but tonight they were asked to hold off.
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition hosted an informative session at a church on 19th Avenue on the Department of Homeland Security's deferred deportation application.
DHS said they'd be accepting applications Wednesday.
They were expecting 120 people, but the parking lot was packed, and one man estimated 500 people were there.
Dulce Vazquez, a dreamer and member of the Dream Act Coalition and a group called No Dream Deferred, admitted she was a little taken aback that applications were released today.
The group is asking people to hold off until all the ducks are in a row. They plan to release a plan of action Wednesday so the process will be organized and complete.
"My advice is to please hold off. I know everyone is really anxious to get it done, you want your work permit, the thing is there is no deadline, if you do it a week from now, 2 weeks from now it is the same. You do not have to rush everything. It's a one time shot if you make a mistake there is no reappeal process. We'd rather you wait off and be informed then fill out the applications," said Vazquez.
There is a $465 fee associated with the application and other paperwork involved, so the group wants to make sure no one messes up.
No Dream Deferred is providing help to those who qualify.
More info: www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals