""This is huge." That's how Laura Lichter, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, described a new program that gives some undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children the ability to live and work legally here for two years. Starting today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration will begin considering applications for deferred action by people who came to the United States before they were 16, are no more than 31 now, are in school, graduated from high school or served honorably in the military, and have not been convicted of a serious crime. Immigration lawyers say client interest in the program has been enormous – more than 1 million people are estimated to be eligible — and expect to begin filing the first applications with CIS before the close of business today." - BLT, Aug. 15, 2012.