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Rush of immigration applications expected

June 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A big rush is expected in the coming weeks of undocumented immigrants applying to stay in this country under President Barack Obama's new policy.

Young undocumented immigrants are being urged to get their documents in order. The documents, according to immigration lawyers, prove they are eligible for work permits under Mr. Obama's new immigration directive, which will allow them to continue their studies or pursue work without the worry of being deported.

"I see the light toward a better and brighter future," said student Justino Mora. "This is going to allow many students to pursue their dreams and be able to contribute to the U.S. economy and to their own communities."

According to the Department of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, applications for the work permits should be ready in 60 days. Immigration lawyers are warning of scams that promise amnesty or citizenship - two things not provided for in the president's directive.

According to lawyers, the deportation process will begin for anyone caught lying on the applications.


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