About 15,000 young immigrants in Florida apply to avoid deportation

Uncertainty of political campaign may have slowed applications

December 4, 2012
Eloísa Ruano González, Orlando Sentinel

About 15,000 young illegal immigrants in Florida have stepped out of the shadows to apply for protection against deportation since federal officials started accepting applications in August.

That's just 15 percent of the 100,000 Floridians the Migration Policy Institute estimated could benefit from the program, which helps people brought into the U.S. illegally as children.