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Learn about Obama’s immigration plan

Dear Editor:President Obama recently announced a deferred-action program for young immigrants who were brought to this country through no fault of their own and who have had no substantial criminal history. This program will allow qualified applicants to obtain work authorization, Social Security cards and drivers licenses despite the fact that they remain in the U.S. unlawfully. The new program is estimated to affect between 800,000 and 1.4 million young people. Tens of thousands of qualified applicants live in western Colorado. The government will likely begin taking applications in about 60 days. Lawyers with the firm of Hess & Schubert LLP recently attended a teleconference with government officials in Washington, D.C., to clarify some of the rules of the program and to set an agenda for implementation of the program. The firm will host a free information meeting to educate the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards.Bill SchubertGlenwood Springs