Mora is among an estimated 800,000 illegal immigrants up to 30 years old who came to the
"I will have the opportunity to ... create my own business so that I can help ... my family financially and create the jobs that the U.S. needs," Mora told Reuters.
The rule change applies to undocumented youngsters like Mora who do not pose a risk to national security and who will now be eligible to stay in the country and apply for work permits. Mora came to the
Those eligible under Obama's plan must have come to the United Statesunder the age of 16 and lived in the country for at least five years. They must be in school or have graduated from high school or be honorably discharged from the U.S. military. They also must not have been convicted of any felony or significant misdemeanor offenses.
For 18-year-old high school honors graduate Yolanda Medina, in Phoenix, Az. the rule change means a shot at studying at the city's Grand Canyon University in the fall and the chance to escape a life toiling in menial jobs open to illegal immigrants.
"Most of us ... are forced to take jobs like cleaning houses, cleaning someone's car or babysitting, when you have so much more to offer," said Medina, who came to the United States with her mother from Durango, Mexico, at age 3.
"This is a like a dream came true for me."
"I've just been waiting for an opportunity to work," said Marmolejo, who came to the
There are about 11 million illegal immigrants living, working and studying in the shadows in the
What to do with the undocumented population divides Americans in this election year marked by a tough economy, and the rule change made some indignant.
Justino Mora, 22, an undocumented computer science student at UCLA in Los Angles will be our guest at 8:20.