Government launches new immigration program

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(AP) – Young illegal immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records they will need to apply for a new Homeland Security Department program to let them stay in the U.S. and get work permits.

The Honduran Consulate was crowded for most of the day Tuesday as immigrants applied for passports they’ll need to help prove they are eligible for the Obama administration‘s new program.

Homeland Security on Tuesday announced details of which documents illegal immigrants will need to prove that they are eligible for the program. That proof can include passports, school transcripts and medical or financial records. Illegal immigrants can begin to apply Wednesday.

Critics of the program have called the policy backdoor amnesty and said they worry about fraud.

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