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President's Immigration Action Affects Montana

Shahid Haque-Hausrath is an immigration attorney with Helena’s Border Crossing law firm.
Courtesy Photo Border Crossing Law Firm

A Helena immigration attorney says the phones at his Border Crossing law firmwere ringing off the hook today. Shahid Haque-Hausrathsays his clients are thrilled with President Obama's executive action on immigration.

Obama's plan offers deportation relief and work permits to 5 million immigrants who are in the country illegally.

"I'm hearing tears of joy from parents who are excited that they will soon have a path to get a work authorization card and be free from the fear of deportation," Haque-Hausrath says.

Critics describe the President's immigration plan as an executive overreach. Haque-Hausrath concedes it's the largest executive action ever taken on the immigration issue, however, he believes Obama has the legal authority to do so.

Edward O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the UM School of Journalism. He covers a wide range of stories from around the state.  
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