The Obama administration has opened the door to jobs and education for millions of young hispanics raised in this country.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is effective today.
That program is being praised by Hispanic groups, and condemned by those who see it as "backdoor amnesty".
PRESIDENT OBAMA JUNE 2012 "This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix, this is a temporary stop-gap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven patriotic young people. "
The president's says his executive order reaches out to young hispanics who were brought to this country as children, and tells them they will not be deported for applying for work or school.
Hispanic leaders in Chattanooga are pleased.
MELODY BONILLA, LA PAZ "It's not a permanent fix, but it is an attempt to hear those voices..and if nothing else, it does give a renewed sense of hope for these young students."
It's not as simple as it may sound. The program applies to people under 30 who can prove they arrived in the country before age 16.
There's a 465-dollar fee, and each application may take several months.
In Chattanooga, many of the young people are asking for information from La Paz.
MELODY BONILLA, LA PAZ "I can't give you a number of students that it would affect, but I can tell you that Chattanooga has approximately 20-thousand latinos." '
Chattanooga's congressman sees the president's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals as a way to circumvent congress.
REP. CHUCK FLEISCHMANN, (R) CHATTANOOGA "When the president didn't get what he wanted under the Dream Act, what he did was to dictate by executive order..immigration policy. And this is wrong."
Many Republican leaders see the program as an invitation to fraudulent applications, and a hindrance to citizens seeking the same jobs.
REP. FLEISCHMANN "The solution is, is to get the house, the senate and the white house to sit down and legislatively, constitutionally address this program, he circumvented this as he has done time and time again."
MELODY BONILLA "its a huge impact for immigrant communities."
La Paz is planning a community meeting in early September to give anyone interested in that program a chance to hear from an immigration attorney.
They say only a few young hispanics have requested information so far.