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President's immigration plan creates confusion

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -  President Obama's plan to put some deportations on hold is causing controversy and confusion.

Jess George with the Latin American Coalition says some so-called immigration lawyers are already coming out of the woodwork.

"[They're] making people think that they may now be eligible for work permits or perhaps they should turn themselves in so they could forego the deportation process, that's absolutely not true," said Jess George, Executive Director of the Latin-American Coalition.

The Obama administration announced last week it would focus on deporting illegal immigrants who mainly pose a threat to national security or public safety.

The decision allows many illegal immigrants, particularly students, to stay in the country.

The announcement comes after months of pleas from immigrant advocates. They pushed the president to make good on his election promises.

"While it's a good thing for the movement, it's a good thing for the country moving towards pragmatic and humane laws, it's not a change," said George.

But some critics call the President's decision amnesty and an attempt to gain Latino voters.

"It's a type of pretty evil propaganda, well you say okay, we'll give amnesty to just the students, it's no fault of their own, boom, boom, 12,000 plus illegal immigrants will be having amnesty before you know it, " said William Gheen, president of Raleigh-based Americans for Legal Immigration.

The plan means about 300,000 deportation cases pending in Federal court will now be reviewed case by case.

George says it's far from amnesty, nor does it provide much security to illegal immigrants who think the Oval Office decision will put them on a path to citizenship. 

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