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Young illegal immigrants may seek reprieves amid questions

As thousands of young illegal immigrants in Massachusetts prepare to apply for federal reprieves from deportation starting this week, the state has yet to clarify whether successful applicants will qualify for driver’s licenses and resident tuition at public colleges and universities.

Immigrants 30 and younger in Massachusetts and nationwide can apply for two-year stays of deportation and work permits beginning Wednesday under a sweeping policy President Obama unveiled two months ago. While widely hailed as a victory for young people who came here when they were children, few of the practical effects of the program known as deferred action have been outlined by the federal or state government.

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