Amnesty Program Opens Job Market, 2 Years at a Time

Amnesty Program Opens Job Market, 2 Years at a Time 1

Ben Sklar for The Chronicle

Javier André Huamani, who was brought to the country illegally as a child, stayed to earn a degree in mechanical engineering at the U. of Texas through a federal amnesty program.

Career fairs here at the University of Texas were an exercise in frustration for Javier André Huamani, a mechanical-engineering major who was eager but unable to put his knowledge to work. Because he had been brought to the United States illegally, at age 8, he could only watch with envy. "All my friends were getting those cool work experiences," he says, "that I could only dream about."

Before transferring to the flagship campus, Mr. Huamani, who is from Peru, saw the defeat