THE BRONX - The American dream has become a reality for a Bronx woman, thanks to the Deferred Action Program enacted last year by the federal government.

The program allows certain undocumented children who have graduated, will graduate or obtained a GED in the United States to acquire a legal work permit and a driver's license.

"I was just brought to tears. I was just crying and I was just so happy and excited couldn't believe it that finally I was going to be given the opportunity," says Marilu Ocampo, whose credentials were approved in April.

Ocampo's status will expire in September 2015, but until then, she says she is thankful for the opportunity to “come out of the shadows.” She says she will be going back to college, and hopes for immigration reform in the future.