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Obama immigration policy may be good news for Wayland student

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This Wayland Baptist student stands to benefit from Obama's new immigration policy. This Wayland Baptist student stands to benefit from Obama's new immigration policy.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Luis is just like any other hard-working American college student. He manages a 4.0 grade point average at Wayland Baptist University and is a youth leader at his church. When he finds free time, he likes to play basketball and video games with friends.

However, according to federal law, Luis is here illegally.

"My mom came as a result of hardship. She came over and she brought me as a kid. I was three or four years old," he said.

Luis is one of many members of the illegal immigrant community that are eligible for deferred action under President Obama's new immigration policy.

"That's how I see myself (as an American), that's my identity," he said.

To qualify, immigrants must be 30 or under. Luis is. They must also be able to prove that they entered the United States before the age of 16, and, that they have lived in the country for at least five years, which he can.

Applicants must be enrolled in school, have a high school diploma, or have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or Coast Guard.

Luis views the policy with hope, and is optimistic about the change.

"Well I think it's a good move. It's just a work permit and it's renewable every two years. I know a lot of people have issues with that because the economy is not so great right now, but I think it's a great opportunity for students that have worked so hard to go to college like me."

He hopes that the DREAM Act will pass so that someday he can fulfill his dream of working as an accountant for a major corporation. In the meantime, he says he will continue helping and mentoring in an effort to help young men get into college and learn how to pay for it, without acquiring a lot of debt.

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