More undocumented immigrants apply for deferred-action after election

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More undocumented immigrants apply for deferred-action after election

CREATED Nov 9, 2012

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Many undocumented immigrants who were hesitant to apply for the deferred-action program are now coming forward just days after the presidential election.

Abubakarr Mansary, an immigrant left Sierra Leone after his family was killed during the Civil War.

He was one of the 124 immigrants who were sworn in as new United State's citizens at a naturalization ceremony.

"This day means the greatest joy in my heart, I feel very happy, in this location today because my dream is achieved to be in the greatest country on the planet," said Mansary.

It's a dream, tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants want to achieve with the help of President Obama's deferred-action program, a way to get a work permit and not get deported for two years.

But many put their dreams on hold because they were unsure what a potential new president would do.

Margo Cowen, an immigration attorney says things have changed.

"There were a lot of families that were sort of cautious, wanted to see what was going to happen, now that the president has been elected, I think we're going to see more young people come forward to apply," said Cowen.

Cowen says just days after the election; she says she's had hundreds reach out to her to apply.

She also says she believes immigration reform has finally struck a chord in Washington D.C., on Thursday House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that a "Comprehensive approach is long overdue".

"Latino voters played a tremendous role in this last election, and I think both parties recognize that, and I think this is an issue that is of outmost important and it needs to be resolved," said Cowen.