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People rally in DC  in support of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration policy.
People rally in DC in support of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration policy.
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Applying for Immigration Action Could Begin in Mid-February - NBC News  The head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Leon Rodriguez told Spanish-speaking journalists that eligible immigrants could start applying in a matter of months. Rodriguez said young adults who qualify under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals could seek deportation relief and work permits starting in February. Then in May, parents of U.S. citizens and legal resident children can start their applications.

Lawsuit Against ICE Previews Turmoil That Immigration Overhaul May Cause Its Enforcers - New York Times A federal lawsuit brought by a lawyer against her former employer Immigration and Customs Enforcement is spotlighting "turmoil inside the agency in charge of new deportation policies and previews conflicts with field officers that the enforcement overhaul may provoke."  Patricia M. Vroom, said that she was bullied by top agency officials after "she raised legal concerns about a policy of prosecutorial discretion she was ordered to apply to spare some immigrants from deportation."

Gutiérrez: Immigration program hard to 'unravel' if enough people sign up - The Hill Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, an Illinois Democrat and leading immigrant advocate in Congress, said that the more people sign up for protection under the president's immigration order, "the more unlikely you’ll ever unravel this." A concern about executive action is that it could be undone by the next president.

Immigrants Flock to Workshops After Obama Reprieve - Associated Press  Information about executive action may still be wanting, but that hasn't stopped potential beneficiaries from seeking it out. Community organizations are answering the call, hosting informational events about around the country "in small-town community centers, schools, churches and a vast city convention center." 

Forget Dora The Explorer: Where are all the kids books on immigrant communities? - PRI's The World  The lack of diversity in children's books has spawned a campaign and grassroots group by the name We Need Diverse Books. And it's helping to bring focus to books such as “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: a Migrant's Tale" which tells the story of "Pancho, a young rabbit whose father had to travel north for work. When he doesn't return, Pancho tries to find him and runs into Coyote, who offers to bring him north. Their travels lead them through familiar border stories -- traveling on a dangerous train, crawling through dark tunnels and crossing a deadly river."  One teacher said the book has opened a dialogue in her classroom for students to talk about their personal experiences with immigration.