Chasing a ‘dream’: Immigrant youth seek legal status

(Photo: John Makely / NBC News)

NEW YORK — When Yelky Perez heard that immigration authorities had released the application that could let her stay in the U.S. legally a day earlier than expected on Tuesday, she went straight to their website and hit refresh until it showed up. 

Perez, who entered the U.S. illegally from the Dominican Republic at 13 to reunite with her family, is hoping to join the hundreds of thousands of other young adults expected to apply for the Obama administration’s “deferred action” program, which will give two-year work permits to some young illegal immigrants.