TULARE, Calif. (AP) -- Much of the attention surrounding the new federal program that temporarily defers deportation and grants work permits to young illegal immigrants has been on students.
But researchers say the program that began last Wednesday could also benefit young adults in low-wage industries.
To be eligible, they must prove they arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16, were younger than 31 as of June 15, have been living in the country at least five years, are in school or graduated, and have not been convicted of certain crimes.
The program is also open to those who haven't graduated high school or received a GED, as long as they enroll in an adult education program.
Workers say a permit could lead to better paying jobs, improved benefits and higher education.