Today Is the Day for DREAMers

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"It may be a political game when it comes to the president, but for us it is really just our lives and we are greatful for this relief from the administration," she said.

Republican leaders in Congress dubbed Obama's policy "amnesty" and claimed it was out-of-touch with the harsh job market U.S. citizens already face.

"[The] deferred action guidance is another example of how the president's policies put the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, told ABC News when the policy was announced.

Luna rejected this notion and insisted that the immigrants who will qualify and obtain the permits are the "cream of the crop."

"It seems that sometimes they think of us as pests, and it's the exact opposite," Luna said. "These students are already here, and there's not a more powerful resource than an educated, passionate young person who just wants to work and serve this country.

Applications will be reviewed individually case by case. It is unclear how long each review will take.

ABC News's Devin Dwyer contributed to this report.

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