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Obama actions leave immigrants excited but nervous

Obama actions leave immigrants excited but nervous

When Rosalinda Monsalvo applies to avoid deportation under President Barack Obama's recently announced immigration program, she'll do so knowing she is exactly the kind of person the administration wanted to help.

But that doesn't mean the process will be effortless. Coming out of the shadows will require work — and a leap of faith.

"I'm scared," said the 31-year-old Baltimore woman, who will turn over her personal information and her fingerprints to the government with little guarantee Obama's plan will survive court challenges or be continued by the next president.

Though widely celebrated by immigrants, the executive actions Obama announced in November...