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Immigration offices brace for rush as Obama policy takes effect
 
U.S.-born children and their undocumented parents demonstrate in D.C.: Gingrich's immigration reform plan would see citizen juries deciding the legal status of eligible applicants.
U.S.-born children and their undocumented parents demonstrate in D.C.: Gingrich's immigration reform plan would see citizen juries deciding the legal status of eligible applicants.
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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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