SAN ANTONIO -- There were big changes for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. Starting Wednesday, they can now petition the government to stay here temporarily.
"I came when I was six years old, with my parents for work reasons," said Nancy Juro."I grew up here. So I do feel American. This is my home."
The 23-year-old is happy about a measure that now allows eligible applicants to avoid deportation and apply for work permits for a two-year period.
Juro was born in Peru but has lived in Texas since she was six. But she has always felt threatened by her undocumented status. A recent graduate from UTSA , she's hopeful she won't be deported. She's joining countless others to apply for deferred action.
Juro is also helping others with the same aim by working at Avanza, a bilingual clinic that educates undocumented youth on how to apply and avoid illegal scammers asking for cash to speed up the process.
"It's a good opportunity for 'Dreamers' across the country to gain a work permit and not have the fear of being deported," said Juro.
She says while she is proud of this moment, she says it is one step toward a permanent solution.