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Some Looking At The Fine Print Of Immigration Overhaul

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HOMESTEAD (CBSMiami) -- One day after President Barack Obama took action to change immigration rules, some are taking a look at the fine print of the new policy.

Cheers, hugs, and tears greeted President Obama's speech, outlining his executive order, changing U.S. immigration policy.

Christina Caicedo is a U.S.citizen. Her mom is not. She has been living underground for 12 years, working off the books, cleaning and cooking. She can now come in from the cold.

Caicedo's mother said Thursday evening,"Thank you, Obama. Today, I came out of the shadows."

The approach laid out by the president protects some five million immigrants from deportation for three years - among them are parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, immigrants who arrived as children (at least five years ago) and the "dreamers" who will get an additional year of access to "Obamacare" and work permits.

But a lot more are left unprotected and remain illegal, Some six million are immigrants without children, parents of the "dreamers," and minors in the U.S. less than five years.

A man from Guatemala, looking for work outside a Home Depot, told CBS4's Gary Nelson he did not like President Obama's speech one bit.

He is among those who will remain underground.

Indeed, some eligible for the new protection may stay in the shadows.

Republicans in Congress are already talking about a new congress coming in and a new law.

The president changed policy with the stroke of his pen and who knows who might occupy this house in 2016.

"There could be a change of the guard and the new president could change the program as it is right now," said Jessica Shulruff with the Americans For Immigrant Justice.

In the end, the president's reform as it may come to be called, is tempting, but not without risk.

Its offers protection for millions, but the guarantee, the warranty is good for just three years, if that.

Click here to watch Gary Nelson's report. 


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