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US launches immigration reform

Hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants can apply for the temporary right to live and work openly in the US from Wednesday.

President Barack Obama announced the policy, one of the biggest changes to immigration policy in decades, in June.

His administration announced on Tuesday what documents illegal immigrants need to prove eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The Hispanic vote could be important in November’s presidential election.

Illegal immigrants are getting their passports and other records in order as the Homeland Security Department starts accepting applications.

Republican lawmakers have said Mr Obama has bypassed Congress with the new programme and is favouring illegal immigrants over unemployed US citizens.

Hispanic voters had accused the president of failing to live up to a previous campaign promise to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

Source: BBC News

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