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Immigrants flock to workshops after Obama reprieve

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By AMY TAXIN
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In small-town community centers, schools, churches and a vast city convention center, immigrant advocates are spreading the word about President Barack Obama's plan to give a temporary reprieve to millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The November announcement promising work permits and protection from deportation for some immigrants made a splash, but lawyers say the events are crucial to dispel rumors about eligibility, ward off fraud, and help people determine what they might need to apply.

In Los Angeles, advocates are hosting an information session for as many as 10,000 people at the city's convention center Sunday.

Smaller workshops have been held across the country, including at a high school in Knoxville, Tennessee, a church in Goshen, Indiana, and an Islamic Center in New York City.

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