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Groups sift through thousands of immigration applications

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 8/17/2012 8:19 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in Nevada can now apply to stay in the country.

The process requires a stack of documents proving the applicant is legit, and fraud is a major concern.

Even those preparing the applications are being extremely vigilant.

The staff of Hermandad Mexicana celebrates Norma Ramirez.

She's one of the latest applicants for the for the federal government's deferred action program.

Ramirez' parents brought her to the United States when she was 5 years old.

Ramirez, along with tens of thousands of others in Nevada are eligible to apply to stay in the country. But they have to prove they deserve it.

Many come in with huge stacks, and even boxes, full of documents.

Yoko Calderon helps people through this process.

Applicants have to prove they came here before they were 16, prove they haven't been in trouble and, most importantly, prove who they are.

Everything from passports, shot records, school records, diplomas helps.

Undoubtedly, some will try to cheat the system.

Calderon says they're watching out for fraud before sending these packets to the federal government.

It's its reputation as an accredited immigration services organization that's on the line.

The goal is to help students such as Ramirez who are trying to give back to this country they call home.

Her application is now in the hands of the federal government, and she couldn't be happier.
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