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DACA two years later seen as opportunity for some, backdoor amnesty for others

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -
It's been two years since President Obama started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. It allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as kids to work and pursue their education without fear of deportation.

It's a day of celebration for some, and also evidence of a continuing deadlock when it comes to immigration in America.

There's a big celebration going on at the offices of Chicanos por La Causa on East Buckeye Road in Phoenix.

DACA was declared by President Obama after Congress did not pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Just over the border in Nogales, Mexico is where Korina Iribe Romo was born, and where she left to come to the United States.

"I was 7 years-old, I came with my mother... my mom had just gotten a divorce, and was escaping a bad marriage, so she decided to bring us here," said Romo.

DACA allowed her to get in-state tuition at community college where she obtained an associates degree, now she is aiming even higher.

"At ASU, I'm looking to finish a bachelor's degree in communications, and maybe do a double-major possibly in political science," she said.

Korina is grateful for the DACA program, but she knows it is just a temporary fix.

"In that time, the dreamers have gotten jobs, and maybe go back to school, there is still not a full solution. We still see a lot of family separation," said Romo.

Opponents cal for the strict application of existing immigration laws with no exceptions for immigrants who came to the United States as children. Backers of the Dream Act say that would be unwise.

"Here you have a workforce base that is a natural, to really help out our economy. So in my view it is almost a no-brainer, it is one that should be a simple thing to resolve," said Edmundo Hidalgo.

But two years after DACA began, Congress remains deadlocked when it comes to immigration reform.

Meanwhile, unlike in most-other states, Korina cannot drive a car legally under DACA. Governor Brewer opposes drivers' licenses for DACA immigrants. A federal appeals court overturned that, and the Governor is appealing that decision.

Brewer said in a statement today "Deferred action grants backdoor amnesty to almost 2 million illegal aliens."
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