A new federal program allows undocumented young people between the ages of 15 and 30 protection from deportation and a chance to obtain work permits, social security numbers, even drivers licenses. But accomplishing that isn't easy.
Assembling the full application packet for consideration under the Deferred Action program is a complex and time-consuming process. Part of that, explains Jesus Guzman of the Dream Alliance of Sonoma County, involves waiting for key documents from both the consulate of the applicant's home country, and transcripts from American schools.
In addition to preparing her own Deferred Action application, Sandy Valenciano has been helping numerous other families through the process, often helping translate both basic English and bureaucratic jargon.
Through her involvement and encouragement of other applicants, Valenciano says she as recognized many similarities in their personal stories.