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Young activists wary of delayed deportation policy

 FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Keish Kim, 20, wipes a tear away while addressing a committee of the Board of Regents of th...
 FILE - In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Viridiana Martinez, right, is comforted by activist Mohammad Abdollahi, as Maj. K.E. Willi...
 FILE - In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Viridiana Martinez, right, is comforted by activist Mohammad Abdollahi before Martinez is ...
 FILE - In this April 5, 2011 file photo, a police officer instructs illegal immigrant Georgina Perez to move or face arrest for blocking traffic with...
 FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Keish Kim, 20, right, waits to address a committee of the Board of Regents of the Universit...
 FILE - In this May 31, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Georgina Perez attends a meeting organizing a rally where illegal immigrant high school stu...
 FILE - In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Georgina Perez sits in the back of a police car after her arrest during a protest to bring...
 FILE - In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Maria Marroquin cries before being arrested during a protest blocking traffic to bring att...

Immigration Activists New Policy

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Keish Kim, 20, wipes a tear away while addressing a committee of the Board of Regents of th...

Immigration Activists New Policy

FILE - In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Viridiana Martinez, right, is comforted by activist Mohammad Abdollahi, as Maj. K.E. Willi...

Immigration Activists New Policy

FILE - In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Viridiana Martinez, right, is comforted by activist Mohammad Abdollahi before Martinez is ...

Immigration Activists New Policy

FILE - In this April 5, 2011 file photo, a police officer instructs illegal immigrant Georgina Perez to move or face arrest for blocking traffic with...

Immigration Activists New Policy

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Keish Kim, 20, right, waits to address a committee of the Board of Regents of the Universit...

Immigration Activists New Policy

FILE - In this May 31, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Georgina Perez attends a meeting organizing a rally where illegal immigrant high school stu...

Immigration Activists New Policy

FILE - In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Georgina Perez sits in the back of a police car after her arrest during a protest to bring...

Immigration Activists New Policy

FILE - In this April 5, 2011 file photo, illegal immigrant Maria Marroquin cries before being arrested during a protest blocking traffic to bring att...

President Barack Obama announced a policy shift in June that allows certain young people brought to the U.S. illegally to avoid deportation. But the response from leaders of the so-called DREAMers movement has been lukewarm.
One of them is Viridiana Martinez, who has been on the front lines in the debate over immigration reform, organizing protests and getting arrested in acts of civil disobedience. She says the policy shift is all political theater.
Others have decided to apply for the program despite having misgivings, lured by the chance to get a driver's license and qualify for in-state college tuition rates in some states and to get a work permit.
The government began accepting applications Aug. 15. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that as many as 1.7 million people could be eligible. By Oct. 10, about 180,000 people had applied and nearly 4,600 applications had been approved.