Immigration authorities are expecting a flood of applications starting Wednesday, as 1.2 million young illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children become eligible to apply to stay and work here under an initiative put forth by President Obama. Advocacy groups plan celebrations to mark what they say is a humanitarian no-brainer, while Republican critics deride the move as a backdoor offer of amnesty and a naked ploy for Hispanic votes. Both sides say the government should expect an expensive mountain of paperwork.
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