At Least 65,000 in Massachusetts Protected Under Obama’s Immigration Plan

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CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – An estimated 65,000 immigrants living in Massachusetts illegally, including 25,000 children, will be eligible to enroll in programs outlined by President Barack Obama’s executive order that would protect them from deportation, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Obama announced the executive order Thursday night, aimed at overhauling the nation’s immigration system. His plan would keep as many as 5 million people living in the US illegally from getting deported and would give 3-year work permits for many eligible undocumented workers.

The plan lays out an application process that experts say may cause a backlog for the Department of Homeland Security, which is tasked to review and approve the applications.

“It’s probably unlikely that all 5 million people that are potentially covered by these programs will be able in the time left of President Obama’s administration to get all the way through an application process,”  Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of…

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