They're hoping to realize their American dream, under a new federal program allowing them to work legally in America. It's called deferred action for childhood arrivals.
The application process began last Wednesday, and in Queens a line of immigrants two blocks long braved the rain and hail to apply for the program.
It was a similar scene all across the country.
Out of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in ths country, one and a half million may qualify for the program.
There are still many questions and confusion about what the change will mean.
Joining us this week is Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, and two college students, both undocumented, who are now in the process of gaining legal status: Max Ahmed and Eduardo Resendiz.
Watch Up Close with Diana Williams every Sunday morning at 11:00 on Channel 7.
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