Programs help young immigrants find future in U.S.

Excerpted from a Pantagraph article by Edith Brady-Lunny.

Edgar Celis wants to attend community college, join the Marines, and give Microsoft a run for its money as an independent businessman.

But the first order of business for the 18-year-old Normal Community West High School graduate is an application he recently completed for President Barack Obama’s initiative that allows young, illegal immigrants the chance to defer possible deportation for two years.

Celis was among more than 90 applicants to receive help with their paperwork for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last week at a program sponsored by The Immigration Project at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center.

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