“When the president announced Deferred Action it was a really special moment for me and my family,” said William Palacios, who came to the U.S. from El Salvador at the age of 14.
“When we went to apply for Deferred Action, it was a really emotional experience because we knew it was going to change our lives,” William told Fusion. “We sent the application in and when I went through the fingerprinting process it was very emotional for all of us too.”
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(DACA) program that President Obama launched on August 15, 2012 was going to help William fulfill his dreams of going to college and being able to work so he could help his mother financially. DACA applicants who came to the U.S. before reaching their 16th birthday and have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 may qualify for temporary work permits and protections from deportation for two years.