RENO, Nev. - More than 23,000 people in Nevada are eligible to apply for deferred action permits, after an executive order signed by President Obama went into effect Wednesday.
For the many undocumented workers here, life can be difficult. Jose Piceno came to America when he was twelve-years-old. After living half his life in Mexico, he found himself wondering about his identity.
"I hit a moment when I didn't know if I was from here or from there," Piceno said.
Now a twenty-year-old University of Nevada, Reno student, Piceno is studying to become a veterinarian.
His story is just like many other undocumented workers here in Nevada, who are now able to apply to receive basic documents, like a social security card or driver's license.
Bob Fulkerson, the director for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, says the deferred action permits is the first step towards equality.
"[They're] basically able to live their lives without fear of a government knock on the door and separating them from their families," Fulkerson said.
Many undocumented immigrants will be working on their applications with the PLAN offices in Reno to make sure they won't be denied.
To qualify, applicants must be under thirty-one years of age and have come to the United States before they were sixteen. They must also have a clear record. That means no felony charges or no more than three misdemeanors.
They must also either be a student, high school graduate, received a GED or have served in the military. The cost of the application is $465.