by Joel Rose
The U.S. government began accepting applications for “deferred action for childhood arrivals” Wednesday — a program designed to allow qualified young people to study and work in the U.S. openly.
On New York’s Lower East Side, a line stretched around the block. Hundreds of potential applicants had shown up for free legal advice. Inside the church basement, dozens waited for help filling out their paperwork.
Millions Expected To Apply
“Half of me is saying, ‘OK, it’s real,’ ” says Mubashar Ahmed, a college student studying chemical engineering. “The other one’s asking, ‘Is it real?’ Now seeing it is actually believing it. Like, looking at all these people signed up to do it, I’m like, OK, this works.”